Posts Tagged ‘Health Care’

Vomit Links

August 4, 2009

Originally I was just going to serve vomit for today’s brunch, however, I decided that my readers have been too good to deserve such stingy cooking on my part. Today’s vomit comes courtesy of my upstairs neighbors, who threw what must have been a pretty bitchin’ party until about 3 a.m. the other night. All together, the final product appears to be a delicious omelette of ramen noodles, Keystone Light, and of course, a scrumptious topping of cigarette butts.

It becomes a Wisconsin specialty after it's breaded and deep-fried.

It becomes a Wisconsin specialty after it's breaded and deep-fried.

If you’re not in the mood for puke, go eat some chocolate-covered bacon with Paul Soglin.

Top of the news in Madison – City budget hearings start today.

Cognitive Dissidence: “Humana (NYSE: HUM), a major provider of health coverage to Wisconsin members, reported 7 percent growth in consolidated revenue for the quarter, to $7.9 billion, from $7.35 billion a year ago. Total premium and administrative-services fees rose eight percent from the same quarter last year.”

State Journal: “The latest Badger Poll in May and June shows the partisan pendulum swinging back toward the sensible center. Thirty percent of respondents identified themselves as Democrats. Twenty-eight percent indicated they were Republicans.”

Hat tip to Chief: Arizona gets very creative with deficit reduction solutions.

On Campus: UW-Whitewater starts program to get college dropouts to finish their degrees.

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Mark Neumann will definitely fix health care

July 8, 2009

From GOP underdog Mark Neumann (my neuest follower on twitter):

During the course of this campaign Mark Neumann will be providing a great deal of details on plans to significantly change health care in Wisconsin in order to address the clear problems that exist.

The solutions will be private sector ideas applied on a larger scale to improve the health care system for everyone in Wisconsin. The solutions will simultaneously save the taxpayers of our state a significant amount of money. As the campaign progresses, there will be more information on this important issue.

That is essentially the sum of the health care section of his website. Granted, it’s usually a bore when politicians tell you exactly what they’re planning to do to make our lives better. Don’t they know that we like surprises? That’s why Mark keeps it short.

Health care is possible in U.S.

July 6, 2009

Paul Krugman discusses health care today in the Times:

A few weeks ago there was a furor when the budget office “scored” two incomplete Senate health reform proposals — that is, estimated their costs and likely impacts over the next 10 years. One proposal came in more expensive than expected; the other didn’t cover enough people. Health reform, it seemed, was in trouble.

But last week the budget office scored the full proposed legislation from the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). And the news — which got far less play in the media than the downbeat earlier analysis — was very, very good. Yes, we can reform health care.

Let me start by pointing out something serious health economists have known all along: on general principles, universal health insurance should be eminently affordable.

First, the uninsured are disproportionately young adults, whose medical costs tend to be relatively low. The big spending is mainly on the elderly, who are already covered by Medicare.

Second, even now the uninsured receive a considerable (though inadequate) amount of “uncompensated” care, whose costs are passed on to the rest of the population. So the net cost of giving the uninsured explicit coverage is substantially less than it might seem.

In Madison the Cap Times’ Dave Zwiefel discusses a blooper over at the National Review, where conservative commentator Mark Hemmingway stirred up the right wing blogosphere with a story about Barack Obama’s doctor not supporting his health care plan. Not even Marx’s doctor! Of course it wouldn’t be that simple. Hemmingway was unwittingly allowing his blog to serve as a platform for single-payer health care, which is what Obama’s doc was advocating.

Paul Ryan leads bumbling critique of Obamacare

June 24, 2009

Every time you hear Paul Ryan speak you’re reminded that there is a very slim chance that the man is genuinely interested in pursuing whatever goal he is discussing, and that there’s a very good chance that he’s  interested pursuing higher office. The most clear symptom would be his tendency to make contradictory statements, which is practically required of any American politician who gets beyond regional success.

Here is Ryan back in May on Obama’s health care plan:

“The way I see it it’s kind of like my daughter’s lemonade stand competing against McDonald’s. It’s having the referee, the government, also be a player in the same game, and actuarially speaking, it’s almost impossible to make that a fair game.”

Silly president, trying to compete with private insurers, what a waste of time and money! Now here’s Ryan’s most recent statement on his website:

“With the public plan, it is literally impossible for the private sector to fairly compete against it. The private sector has to pay taxes. The private sector has to account for its employees and benefits. The private sector pays whatever rates it negotiates with providers. The public plan dictates payments lower than what the private sector can get, doesn’t pay taxes, and literally doesn’t have to account for its payroll and benefit costs. It is a stacked deck.”

Poor insurance companies, the government’s playing on steroids!