Health

Ezra Klein on Health Insurance Exchanges

Ezra Klein is one of my must-reads on the whole health care reform situation. He digests all those white papers, position papers and the like, and then spells out the most salient points. The mechanism that makes it possible to get a better deal on insurance is the Health Insurance Exchange. The Health Insurance Exchange, […]

Are health insurance companies like all other for-profit ventures?

Nate Silver at 538 (He called the 2008 election with the most accurate breakdown of electoral votes) parses the difference between your standard profit-making business and how health insurance works. I’m a big believer in the profit motive in 99 percent of all cases. If the government decided to open a non-profit hamburger stand, I […]

Restrictions May Apply

This American Life, episode 386: Fine Print. (still available for download through end of week) Act 3: Restrictions May Apply. For all the bullshitting politicians and insurance co lobbyists who say “no, no, we don’t need reform to health care, no no, slow down, no no, it’s fine as it is,” take a listen. Ira […]

A movie for C, who may be getting a new liver today

A friend of mine may be getting a liver transplant today. Don’t know for sure yet, it’s still the waiting time. I’ve read other transplant blog entries about how the day that IT happens is usually a long day. Anyway, I’m reading the blog, donorcycle, by a transplant coordinator nurse (why she does what she […]

More helpful flu links

Why are people dying in Mexico but not the U.S.? An English translation of an op-ed written by someone who’s lived both north and south of the border. “I suspect that it has to do with the difference in health care systems of the two countries.” How false rumors can cost lives “I have said […]