Obamacare Is Just Like the Swiss Health System – minus all the good stuff

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:09 am

Several reporters have compared the Swiss health care system to Obamacare after Switzerland’s recent vote to keep it, including the Washington Post: “Switzerland rejects single-payer, will keep its own version of Obamacare” and Vox: “Switzerland rejects single-payer in landslide, keeps its version of Obamacare.” The similarities between the two systems are mostly superficial, both mandate people buy [...]

We Could Have Hired 10,000 Teachers– Instead, We Got a War

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:01 am

Our war against ISIS has already cost between $780 and $930 million so far, according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. That is enough money to hire 10,000 teachers to work for a year. That, of course, represents only a fraction of the money we will spend on a operation President Obama warned [...]

Yes, the Health Care Industry Is Conspiring to Steal Your Money

By: Monday September 29, 2014 8:10 am

Here are two news stories from this weekend that belong together. First, the Los Angeles Times found that insurance networks on the California exchange are getting narrower. From the LA Times: The state’s largest health insurers are sticking with their often-criticized narrow networks of doctors, and in some cases they are cutting the number of [...]

Obama Has Public Support for Bombing Syria, for Now

By: Monday September 29, 2014 6:50 am

So far President Obama has successfully sold his latest military action in Syria and Iraq but its public support is built on a foundation of sand. According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 73 percent favor  “military air strikes conducted by the United States and its Western European and Arab allies against the ISIS forces in [...]

So What Do We Do After We Destroy ISIS?

By: Friday September 26, 2014 8:41 am

Let’s make the big assumption that we can actually succeed in achieving our goal in this new war of degrading and destroying ISIS. What is our plan after that, because there are dozens of scenarios that could take place after ISIS is destroyed and we end up extremely unhappy with many of them. What if [...]

Speaker Boehner Doesn’t Want Syria War Authorization Vote Until Next Year

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 8:18 am

We didn’t get a Congress vote authorizing a new war in Syria before it started and now we might not actually get one until long after we started fighting. Speaker John Boehner (R) told the New York Times he doesn’t want to debate the issue during the lame duck. From the NYT: “I have made it [...]

Another Reminder of How Stupid Lifetime Judicial Terms Are

By: Wednesday September 24, 2014 11:37 am

Over at Elle magazine Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explained why she hasn’t resigned during President Obama’s term: Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see [...]

Syria Mission Creep Already Begins

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 9:19 am

Often when the United States gets militarily involved in another country it can takes weeks or even months for the mission to slowly creepy beyond the initial justification, but this time we are lucky. In Syria we got witness the mission creep from almost the very beginning. Yesterday, the United States and its allies began [...]

What Makes the US Think it Can Effectively Train Middle East Armies?

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 6:48 am

Now that we have officially started the War in Syria I want to make a point about a key part of President Obama’s plan against ISIS. It depends heavily on finding and training “moderate” rebels. Over the course of a relatively short period of time we are planning to turn a diverse group of militias, who may or may not currently be enemies which each other, into a coherent force capable of defeating ISIS on the ground. This is so fundamental to Obama’s plan that extra funding for these rebels was the only part that actually got a vote in Congress.

Another Terrible Health Care Problem Which is Easily Solved — But Won’t Be

By: Monday September 22, 2014 7:15 am

The New York Times has a great article about how hospital secretly use out-of-network providers to screw over patients in which they describe a surprise $117,000 bill for an “assistant surgeon.” From the NYT: In Mr. Drier’s case, the primary surgeon, Dr. Nathaniel L. Tindel, had said he would accept a negotiated fee determined through [...]