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Posted on July 13 at 1:42 p.m.
On Obamacare Plus
Posted on July 13 at 1:39 p.m.
Good to see a healthy discussion here. Regarding the provisions in Obamacare that promise to lower costs in the future, there are exactly zero in the bill that are proven cost controllers and only a piddling few that might save costs, fraud prevention being at the top of this list. Perhaps it's counterintuitive, but electronic medical record keeping does not save money, although it does improve qualtiy (prescription fill error rate in the VA is an order of magnitude lower than the general rate which about 7% -yikes!). Preventive medicine is also a mixed bag in terms of the data, managed care has never been shown to save money, the list goes on. The much ballyhooed ACOs are a complete fantasy.
That said, I much prefer to have this legislation in place than not, as it does improve a few of the more egregious shortcomings of the current "system". In the end, however, we will only get true cost controls and savings when we implement a single comprehensive plan for everyone paid through a single agency. Some variation of this approach is used in every wealthy nation, all of which have much better health outcomes than we do while paying, as you note, about half of what we do.
On Obamacare: Start All Over Again?
Posted on June 5 at 10:41 p.m.
What Abel and fellow GnOPers fail to recognize is that crossover votes in open primaries are significant, espescially with a strong contender on the other side. Gloating about their totals being above 50% is naive, or, most likely, hubris.Let's assume Abel does get elected in the general. Is he truly going to distance himself from the "hyper-partisanship" which is practiced exclusively by his side of the aisle? Doubtful. All of this is of course contingent on his ability to squelch the issue of possible tax evasion until the election.
On Santa Barbara Votes: 2012 Primary Election
Posted on January 18 at 1:18 p.m.
Nicely done! But c'mon, the right wing struggle with this issue is a never ending source of amusement for us all (even some of them, until they get caught with their pants down). I would wish that it never ended if not for the tragic consequences of their hatred.
On Kristy McNichol Is Gay
Posted on January 2 at 11:47 a.m.
It's not that Republicans oppose Obama's policies, they simply oppose Obama. Poster child for that is the so-called SS tax holiday, which, as originally proposed by Obama to be extended by a year, was opposed by the Republicans, then, when modified to be a mere two month extension they opposed that and said it should be for a year! Damn you, Obama, can't you just get it right? No, by definition, you can't.What seems to be lost on Republicans is that you can't create wealth without a functioning infrastructure. Ours is crumbling, and is way out of date even when functional. This can only be remedied through government spending and appropriate taxation to cover the spending, which pumps money into the economy creating demand. This sudden fretting about the deficit would be comical if it weren't so tragic. Deficits are natural and necessary - it is the only way to create wealth unless you have a positive trade balance (which historically we don't). Japan's deficit is four times what ours is relative to the size of their economy, yet they provide health care for all and an incredible public transportation infrastructure, for example.We can do better.
On Capitalism in Crisis
Posted on June 16 at 12:55 p.m.
Always amusing to see a person who is allegedly wanting to be elected to serve the people spend all his time serving himself (and his puppetmaster).
On Judge Rules Against Pappas in Attorney’s Fees Hearing
Posted on June 8 at 12:10 p.m.
Hopefully she'll stick with her platform of willful ignorance and self-serving interests!
On Self Announces Plan to Run for Reelection
Posted on June 8 at 11:54 a.m.
A poignant reminder that we have to accept the bad with the good. Still, it seems odd that he has forsaken you. Perhaps there are pernicious influences on his behavior that remain hidden.
On Lost: One Father
Posted on January 24 at 4:17 p.m.
Most perpetrators of racism are often oblivious to their deed. As a white male of privilege, I am certain that throughout my life I have participated in racist activities, although few if any were meant to intentionally inflict harm. It is not until it is pointed out, and we stop and reflect a little, that the situation becomes clearer. It's easy to say others shouldn't be offended, until it's you that's offended. I would ask that those here who are suggesting that the people objecting to the T-shirt are acting wrongly take a minute to reflect on what's in it for them to be right about that point of view. You might be surprised at yourselves.
On Group Gets Store to Stop Selling 'Racist' T-Shirt
Posted on January 14 at 3:09 p.m.
I think there must be a technical solution to the sand problem, perhaps a filter or a properly designed and specified pump? Certainly this is not the only pump that has to deal with sand and siltation. This seems like a bit of a ruse to me. Encouraging people to be able to wash off in the fountain is a far friendlier approach, especially for a town that is trying to encourage visitors to have fun. The "get off my lawn" sign and ticketing is just mean-spirited and unnecessary. Aggressive pan-handling (a subjective call, of course) is annoying, but I don't think it should be considered criminal. Most people, myself included, are annoyed by pan-handling of any sort, but this is most likely a simple reflection of our well-deserved collective guilt about the fact that people find it necessary to pan-handle to begin with (not that every pan-handler meets this criterion).
On Sandman Leaving Town After Citation
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