Thursday Open Thread

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–Wayne Dyer

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  1. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    It's cold.  And Trump stinks.

  2. DavieDavie says:

    I don't stay up late at night, so I get the highlights in the morning from the New York Times.  Here's a chuckle from Seth Meyers

    President Trump’s childhood home in Forest Hills, Queens, is on the market. Seth Meyers talked about what he might expect to find there — and what he would not want to see.

    “President Trump’s childhood home in Queens, N.Y., is currently on sale for almost $3 million. And it still has all the original teeth marks on the lead-painted window sills!” — SETH MEYERS

    “According to The Wall Street Journal, one of the bedrooms features a sign pointing to the spot where he was likely conceived. It’s sort of a map, for any time travelers looking to save the world.” — SETH MEYERS

  3. ParkHill says:

    WOTD from Vox: "Is employer-sponsored insurance really a good deal for workers?"

    VOX is doing some of the best journalism around when it comes to in-depth, intelligent analysis of important issues like, Medicare for All, Outrageous Emergency Room Bills, Renewable Energy. 

    To discuss the solution to health insurance, you need to be honest about what options are on the table:

    Nothing (Republican plan), Obamacare (Heritage Foundation plan), MFA – Single Payer, and some version of MFA – Keeping Employer benefits. 

    The linked article points out 50% get healthcare through employer benefits, and they freak out as soon as MFA – Single Payer is defined, which makes that solution impractical. It is useful as a marker, something to move the Overton Window.

    On the other hand, Employer health care benefits are deteriorating. A large number of the underinsured actually have insurance through their employer. I'm confident that a robust MFA – Keeping Employer Benefits, would steadily progress to MFA – Single Payer. 

    Public occupations like teaching might not have the highest wages, but they typically come with benefits and "some" degree of job security. A big part of teacher strikes is the rising cost of health care benefits. Mama says she is paying $1,500 per year (I'd bet that her employer pays another $10,000). I think her plan is far better than most… at least in her HIPs. Actual health coverage and costs is another question.

    • DavieDavie says:

      What most people might not realize is that the rise of employer-provided healthcare since the '70's through private insurance companies is a major factor in the highly inflationary medical price spiral.  The huge expansion of the marketplace combined with the demand for "discounted" care distorted the market raising the cost to those with little or no bargaining power (small companies or individuals paying list price).  Also, the hidden cost of suppressed wages as employer health benefit costs spiraled ever higher.

      I'm even starting to see the same effect with my veterinarian.  They offer pet insurance as their prices have ballooned in just the past 5 years.

      Had we chosen to implement Medicare for All in the '60's as part of the Great Society with government setting the prices, while we might not have an MRI on every street corner like we do now, at least we would have not seen 17% of our GDP getting soaked up by insurance and hospital executives.

  4. ZappateroZappatero says:

    Where’s Michael Bennet on the Green New Deal? Several presidential candidates are already on board. But, as I’ve always contended, he’s a Corporatist and a Coward and is nowhere to be found on issues most affecting Colorado and it’s citizens. 

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