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What we don’t know ...

So some people are still asking what’s the big deal about Flynn talking to the Russians after the election but before the inauguration. There are essentially three reasons why this matters. The first is the “one President at a time” norm that has been broadly observed up until now. The second is that it was not cleared. And the third is that it could indicated the Flynn – and possibly others – have been compromised. We need a full investigation.

First take on the GOP ACA... So the details of the GOP ACA replacement are now public. Anyone care to guess...
Minority representation i... Why is minority representation in the Waldorf movement is so low? So far I...
Cultural Epochs II The epochs of the “the theosophical-anthroposophical theory of...
Fly-By critics Some time ago when I thought the MBA would be useful, I took a graduate course...
Defund the agencies and f... Genius comment of the day: “Defund the agencies and fire them...

Rep. Burgess puts ideology over people

Speaking of the health insurance of millions of Americans: “If you ask someone to give up something, there will be resentment,” said Representative Michael C. Burgess, Republican of Texas and chairman of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health. But, he added, “If that claims my congressional career, so be it. It will be worth it to me to have effected this change.” (NY Times, 3/11/17) I’m not sure if this is the...

Thoughts on Income Inequality

In an article so blind to the obvious that it might as well be willful, The Wall Street Journal opined, “Americans Are Richer Than Ever, But They Don’t Feel That Way: U.S. household net worth is expected to hit another record, but that won’t mean much to most people”. And not once does the article mention income inequality. Boiling the problem down to the simplest example, let me point out that, between us, Bill Gates and I...

Why the GOP has trouble replacing the ACA

Why is the GOP having such trouble with health care? Simple. They talked themselves into opposing their own best plan for health care. You see, back when Bill and Hillary Clinton had a congressional majority and wanted to fix the whole health care thing, Republicans were worried that Democrats might socialize the entire medical industry. So the conservative Heritage Foundation released the very best plan for a market-based...

Health insurance at iPhone prices

Earlier today Representative Jason Chavetz (R-UT) said on CNN: “Americans have choices, and they’ve got to make a choice. So rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care.” My first thought, “Where do I sign up for the Chaffetz Plan? You know, comprehensive health care for the cost of an...

the non-mandate mandate

Ryancare and the curious case of the non-mandate mandate. Under the new Republican bill, you pay a penalty if your insurance lapses for more than 63 days. “When people without insurance are penalized for buying—instead of being penalized for not buying, as is currently the case—that creates a perverse incentive. Once you’re off the wagon, there’s no financial incentive to get back on until you have to.”...

Killing your own voters?

So the current Ryancare proposal has analysts seriously asking, “Are Republicans intentionally trying to kill their own voters?” Because the group that will be hit hardest are older, less affluent (but not actually poor) people living in predominantly rural counties. You know, the counties that went for Trump over Clinton by large margins.   Two parts of the proposal really affect that group: the change that...

You can’t go back again (Obamacare edition)

For everyone who just wants their old pre-Obamacare health plan back (at the old price): Sorry, that can’t happen. First, before Obamacare, health plans were going up in price at a rate that averaged 10% per year (so that would make your old plan twice as expensive today as it was back in 2007). Also, your plan back then was cheaper because it had lifetime limits, and wouldn’t take anyone with a pre-existing...

More on the American Health Care Act

What the proposed Republican health plan does not do: try to actually fix anything. What it does do: Cut taxes on the rich. Damage women’s health. Tinker on the edges of the current system, but in ways that will only make things worse for the middle class, and be disastrous for the poor. Hardly a surprise, I suppose.   To be clear, there is nothing in there to address big pharma profiteering, introduce competition or...