I’ve been quiet recently for no other reason than I’m mid-move from Austin Texas to Louisville Colorado. I don’t think Texas will miss me, or care if I’m gone, but I can’t help but be glad to turn my back on the what must be some of the most vindictive, small minded, and regressive politicians I’ve ever come across. It kind of doesn’t matter where you stand on the abortion issue, I’m pro-choice. However, when you look at the time, effort, money and all the laws, regulations that Texas has pursued in their attempt to de-fund Planned Parenthood, it is … Continue reading Way to go Texas
Rarely little more than a bunch of privileged white guys hectoring the President of Planned Parenthood. I watched some of it live, and read a number of reports afterwards, it seems to have achieved nothing, and garnered no new information. Continue reading Planned parenthood, arbortion et al
For-profit hospitals appear to be better players in this price-gouging game,” says Bai, an assistant professor of accounting at Washington & Lee University. “They represent only 30 percent of hospitals in the U.S., but account for 98 percent of the 50 hospitals with highest markups. Continue reading Out of control drugs
I heard the BBC reporting the Governor of the Bank of Englands remarks that the “age of irresponsibility” in the City of London is over as the Bank of England promised a crackdown on rogue traders. In a speech on Wednesday evening, the Bank of England Governor said that banks, regulators and individuals had collectively failed to prevent the market rigging that has led to bank fines worth billions of pounds and he recommended tougher rules for the City and longer jail sentences for those who attempt to manipulate markets. This is a very British approach to a problem, introduce … Continue reading FIFA vs The Government
Back on April 6th I wrote a blog called “Healthcare Stupidity“. In a work email today it contained the following: It may surprise you, but prices for medical services can differ depending on where you go. For example, identical cholesterol … Continue reading Healthcare – Points mean Prizes!
Only in America! I’m an employed executive, I do OK. I have company provided healthcare insurance. I find the annual waste of time crawling through the policy details and trying to work out which one will pay out for real healthcare and which ones are just superficially attractive frustrating, annoying and the height of absurdity. If you make the wrong selection, you are screwed for the whole year. If you forget to make a selection you are possibly even more screwed as you’ll default into a plan which is totally inappropriate for your needs. Then there is the whole debacle … Continue reading Healthcare stupidity
This week Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott continued to demonstrate that the Texas Miracle is based only on smoke and mirrors. First up, Abbott claimed victory over the evil empire, the Federal Governments’ Environmental Protection Agency. Abbott has time and … Continue reading Abbotts Texas Miracle
Michael King sums up how I feel about what’s been going on in Texas in relation to Womens Health, the Affordable Care act. I don’t always agree with King, but when I do it’s always the same problem. For entirely political reasons, Gov. Rick Perry has not only opposed and obstructed the federal health care law at every available opportunity, he has done nothing to offer a usable alternative or even to maintain the entirely inadequate existing state health care programs. It has been more important for Perry and his GOP allies to fight a holy war against Planned Parenthood … Continue reading Dead Reckoning: The TDI rules don’t quite blind the navigators
Americans pay almost four times as much as the citizens of other wealthy countries for things such as retirement security and health care on the private market â€“ 10.6 percent of our economic output versus an average of just 2.7 percent among OECD member states. via The Great American Ripoff: The High Cost of Low Taxes | Connecting the Dots, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com. Bill Moyers website has a great perspective on the whole state vs private industry, tax vs pay debate. It shows that Americans for the most part want what the government provides, well-maintained infrastructure, safe food … Continue reading The Great American Ripoff: The High Cost of Low Taxes
This podcast is possibly the most informative, scary, disgusting, weird and inspiring podcasts I’ve ever heard. Like most people cancer has had a growing impact on my family. My Mum is a survivor; I’ve lost Aunts, my ex-wife, and just last week, a good friends husband. I’m heading for my 3rd surgery for nonmalignant skin carcinoma removal. Yet I know nothing about cancer. I didn’t set out to learn, “Famous Tumors” was just next up on my drive time podcast list. Well worth the listen. The main story is about Her name was Henrietta Lacks, scientists know her as HeLa. … Continue reading Cancer, the Radiolab edition.