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Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

How American health care killed his father…

August 18, 2009

From the most recent Atlantic comes an amazing piece informed both personally from experience, and generally from substantial research, on the US health care system. Read it if you read nothing else all week. Sample: My survivor’s grief has taken the form of an obsession with our health-care system. For more than a year, I’ve […]

Cogent and persuasive conservative healthcare ideas…

August 15, 2009

…relatively (to the screamers) speaking. Who knew? David Frum makes his case on Bill Moyers’ Journal: BILL MOYERS: So what’s the plan you would like to see the Republicans put on the table? DAVID FRUM: Well, let’s start by focusing on what do you think is the problem? You can’t solve a problem unless you […]

Atul Gawande’s simple message: there’s hope!

August 13, 2009

Atul Gawande, author of the excellent New Yorker piece a few months ago exploring the roots of exploding health care costs, co-authored a NYT op-ed today that blows a fresh breath of hope into the debate over the efforts at systemic health care reform. Looking at the most cost-efficient and care-effective hospital referral regions he […]


August 7, 2009

Isn’t it telling when someone won’t even allow their opponents the sonic space to make their arguments? Put the screamers on the spot for even a second and it becomes strikingly clear that they have no clothes. From Krugman today: There was a telling incident at a town hall held by Representative Gene Green, D-Tex. […]

Maddow on the health reform snow job

August 6, 2009

Completely infuriating… Via Reddit

Libertarian takedown of the day

July 30, 2009

Thought I’d throw a log on the pyre (does one throw logs onto pyres?…) on which I’ve been burning libertarianism’s corpse. Thomas Levenson, do your work: I don’t read McArdle much because I know she doesn’t know what she’s talking about, and the glibness of her ignorance and the infantile quality of her ideology (that […]

Ron Wyden, saviour of health reform?

July 24, 2009

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a long-time devotee of the weekly Slate Political Gabfest podcast. This week’s, even despite being down two regulars (Plotz and Dickerson), was a nice affirmation of why. Replacing that duo—and joining the third regular, Emily Bazelon—were former Slate editor in chief Jacob Weisberg, and Big Money editor James Ledbetter. Topic […]

Debating health policy’n shit with a self-described “paleo-con”

July 23, 2009

So I managed to embroil myself in not 1, not 2, but 3 facebook debates yesterday on a variety of topics relating to American fiscal, enviornmental, and foreign policy, and the Canadian party system. A particularly good one was sparked when my friend and sometimes classmate Grant posted this photo… …to an album on Facebook […]

It is well that blog war is so terrible…

July 21, 2009

…else we would grow too fond of it. For the sole purpose of making Tom feel guilty, I’m not even going to make him wait a day, or even 6 hours for my response to his most recent blog war offensive. As I read it, I think that we’ve pretty much gotten each other on […]

Lies make bad law

July 21, 2009

From K-OS (spotted via Reddit): The current star of the Insurance Industry cabal is Shona Holmes, a whisky-voiced Toronto woman of ample aggregate and dubious honesty. See TV Spot Here.  According to Ms Holmes, she was diagnosed with a “brain tumor” sometime in 2005. In scores of interviews, she consistently claimed she could not receive […]