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In These Times: Obamacare and Its Discontents.

In an era when the insured are facing rising out-of-pocket health expenses—up to $13,200 a year after premiums for family plans bought on the ACA exchange — I worry far more about all of the families who sacrifice needed care because of the crushing financial burden of high deductibles and copayments.” In recent casual discussions on Facebook, I see significant dissatisfaction in Democratic ranks over health care costs. It seems we have two kinds of Dems these days ... vocal ‘true believers’ and ‘silent sufferers.’  The sufferers need to be heard, in order to avoid a rout in 2016. And the ‘true believers’ need to unstop their ears, stop singing praises at the top of their lungs, and hear what’s being said by those who are having a difficult time with the quasi-religious health ‘miracle’.

My answer, so far, to dissatisfied Dems: The Republicans so far only offer to repeal the ACA. If so, does anyone actually believe rates might drop? What of pre-existing conditions, now revealed to governmental databases? Taking it back, I can’t see insurers making any other move than keeping current high deductibles and charging *more*.  Who in the US doesn’t have a pre-existing condition, that the insurers can skyrocket rates for?

We need single-payer. The person who could simply explain the benefits (now that the complexities of the ACA are generally understood) and get it passed, gets a free pass to the Presidency.  I feel enough people see the benefits now, and might cross party lines to go ‘all the way’.

Turn the tables on the situation, in other words. Republicans would simply rebrand it, and push it via their channels, hard. Dems just can’t get over the need to explain everything in detail. They need James Carville to be point man.

03/25/15 • 01:57 PM • HealthPolitics • (9) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Nautilus: What your tombstone material says.

A pile of rubble clearly does little to aid in the remembrance of a body that walked and talked and dreamed and thought. But a marker that remains too pristine loses its authority. An inscribed date might reveal when a monument was erected, but it’s the lichens, dirt, chips, and scratches that make that date convincing. We want time to be gentle, but not to stop.” Plastic hasn’t made any inroads. Surprised solid hunks of cloudy acrylic aren’t all over graveyards yet, come to think of it. Surely someone could come up with a recycled-plastic aesthetic as a business model, link it to the green graves movement.

03/24/15 • 12:06 PM • ConsumptionDesignGeneralHealth • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: The Gluten-Free Diet - Everything You Need to Know (Literally).

Ok, but ... have your iron and D levels checked regularly. Men aren’t supposed to take iron ... however, a gluten free diet diminishes the amount of iron you consume, along with associated damage to the gut from previous ingested gluten foods (reducing absorption).

03/22/15 • 11:13 AM • HealthPersonal • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Mental Decline in Early Study.

Perhaps some hope. Already in human trials.

03/20/15 • 12:20 PM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) - Good, Bad or Downright Toxic?

If you personally feel that you react adversely to MSG, then you should avoid it. Plain and simple. But if you can tolerate MSG without any symptoms, then there doesn’t seem to be any compelling reason to avoid it.

03/19/15 • 02:19 PM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: A new study concludes there are too many scientific studies.

Use RSS? Subcategorize. Tag. Then everyone could keep up via RSS aggregators. I suppose paywalls make this impossible; another reason to disdain multiple walled gardens.

03/17/15 • 11:34 AM • HealthInternetScienceWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Fashion Gone Rogue: France to Ban Super-Skinny Models.

Girls would present a medical certificate showing a BMI of at least 18 (that translates roughly to a weight of 121 lbs and height of nearly 5’9”) before being able to be hired for a job ...” Wait for it, someone will stand up for ‘thin-shaming.’

03/16/15 • 05:13 PM • ConsumptionHealthTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Kickstarter: Prime4orm - Change your form. Change your life.

This actually looks like a pretty great idea.  I tend to slump at the keyboard, and can never get my keyboard/seat/screen ratio correct, no matter how hard I try.

03/16/15 • 11:09 AM • ConsumptionDesignHealthPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Popular Archaeology: Study Lends New Support to Theory that Early Humans were Scavengers.

Perhaps, if someone’s looking for a ‘literal’ paleo diet, they might want to copy coyotes. Scavenge and forage. Though one would think we’d have stronger digestive adaptations to handle bad meat.

03/16/15 • 10:50 AM • FoodHealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Telford ‘jump’ call onlookers condemned by police.

It was almost like a form of entertainment for them ... kids were screaming, running to the other side to see if they could get a better view.”  And some still attack empathy.

See the comments here.

03/16/15 • 10:26 AM • HealthPsychology • (5) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: The Gruesome Case That Made Voltaire a Crusader for the Innocent.

A more entertaining read than you might think, given the title. “Waterboarding has not gone away. What has changed is the euphemism, from question extraordinaire to enhanced interrogation.”

03/13/15 • 04:11 PM • HealthHistoryHuman RightsLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Deadspin: Asshole Spectator Grabs Cyclist’s Handlebars, Causes Broken Collarbone.

If you ever see this, encourage other spectators to help you grab the idiot and sit on him/her, wait for authorities to come collect the garbage. The racer could easily have been killed.

03/13/15 • 09:18 AM • HealthSports • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: The Collective Project - Robert Downey Jr. Delivers a Real Bionic Arm.


03/12/15 • 01:12 PM • ChildhoodEntertainmentHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Beyond Resveratrol - The Anti-Aging NAD Fad.

How excited should we be about all this? If I were a middle-aged mouse, I’d be ready to spend some of the nickels and dimes I’d dragged off the sidewalk to try NR supplements. [snip] But the paucity of human data gives me pause. Nobel laureates notwithstanding, I plan to wait until more is known before jumping up from the supper table to run out for some NR.”  Wasn’t resveratrol proven to be a hoax? Or am I behind the times?

03/12/15 • 12:36 PM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MessyNessyChic: And now, a Catalogue of Crazy Customized Coffins.

Good choice, leading with the Airstream. But check out the crab, further down. Gravediggers probably *hate* these things.

03/12/15 • 11:46 AM • ArtsDesignHealthTravel • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Why people leave their bodies to medical research – and what happens.

You can also donate yourself to be a ‘teaching skeleton.’

03/10/15 • 01:29 PM • HealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: A $10,169 blood test is everything wrong with American health care.

This is not a procedure where some hospitals are really great at lipid panels and some are terrible. There’s just not space for quality variation: you are running blood through a machine and pressing buttons. That’s it. And that all makes it a bit baffling why, in California, a lipid panel can cost anywhere between $10 and $10,000. In either case, it is the exact same test.” My italics. We’ve all heard stories like this. The other one I’ve heard: the cost of endoscopies varying hugely [with plenty of innuendo].

03/10/15 • 12:04 PM • EconomicsHealthHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Nation: A Broken Compensation System Is Leaving the Most Vulnerable Workers in Pain.

The double injustice of paying for the physical suffering imposed by your employer is no accident; it’s calculated cruelty. The Workers’ Compensation system has been gradually eroded to limit employer liability, while disenfranchised, precarious workers often have little choice but to accept an inadequate award or none at all.” My italics.

03/09/15 • 12:11 PM • EconomicsHealthHuman RightsLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: ‘Middle-aged businessmen are winning amateur cycling races on EPO’.

Masters races were said to have middle-aged businessmen winning on EPO, with some of them training as hard as professional riders and putting in comparable performances.”  Seems it’s true.

03/09/15 • 10:44 AM • HealthLawPhysical FitnessSports • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Mischiefs of Faction: The Obamacare Case - How We Got Here, and Why It Matters.

Yes, well ... many of the Republican/Conservative thinktanks got their start in the post-Nixon years, during the Carter Administration. They’ve been playing the ‘long game’ ... something Dems haven’t been particularly good with (having enjoyed long majorities in the last century).

03/09/15 • 09:50 AM • HealthHistoryHuman RightsLawPolitics • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Raw: Amateur Photogs Catch Harrison Ford Crash.

Given what little I know about the area, I think he did good. Probably had to dive over trees to get as much room as he could for a rollout on the green, but lost headwind as soon as he ducked below the tree level.

03/06/15 • 03:57 PM • EntertainmentHealthTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Fruits and vegetables poison more Americans than beef and chicken.

Some of the processes farms have in place to clean produce actually trap bacteria in the plants, making them impossible to wash away. There are also types of bacteria that you simply can’t wash off, or the contamination happens in places you typically don’t splash with water, like inside the fruit or vegetable after entering through a core, opening, or bruise.

03/06/15 • 11:34 AM • ConsumptionFoodHealth • (6) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MSNBC: Harrison Ford reported fair after plane crash.

Best wishes, Mr Ford. Stylin’ historical plane. Hope it can recover, too.

03/05/15 • 06:25 PM • EntertainmentHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: These twins can teach us a lot about racial identity.

Heavenly, the miracles Mother Nature throws at unappreciating bigots.

03/03/15 • 12:08 PM • ChildhoodHealthHuman RightsPsychologyScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Baby boomers delaying retirement - It’s a myth, because retirement is bleaker than ever

Altered title for length. Read it.

03/02/15 • 07:18 PM • EconomicsHealthHistoryHome & LivingHuman RightsPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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