BillMoyers: Why a Single-Payer Health Care System is Inevitable.
“Health insurers spend lots of time, effort and money trying to attract people who have high odds of staying healthy (the young and the fit) while doing whatever they can to fend off those who have high odds of getting sick (the older, infirm and the unfit). As a result we end up with the most bizarre health-insurance system imaginable: One ever better designed to avoid sick people.” My italic emphasis.
Tax Justice Network: Corporate tax cuts - why the old analyses don’t stack up any more.
Valet.: Forget the Man Cave. You Want a Gentleman’s Study.
Someday, I hope to do something Hemingway-esque for my office. The ones pictured here — too contemporary. Hit Craiglist and local consignment. Better stuff.
SF New Mexican: Tensions soar as more and more drifters call national parks home.
The Atlantic: The Couple Who Worked as Truck Drivers Together.
naked cap: ObamaCare Death Spiral Accelerates as Aetna Pulls out of the Exchanges.
“The [insurance company] dropouts also undermine a key promise of the law: multiple insurers would compete for consumers’ business each year, and the power of the market would control costs and raise quality. Instead, the opposite is happening.” My italic emphasis.
naked cap: Will Elizabeth Warren Stymie Clinton’s Pro-Big Finance Campaign Promises?
“The Warren-istas understand that the Republicans are likely to have just around half of the Senate, and are likely to retain control of the House. The bad news, for Ms Warren’s supporters, is that new laws will be hard to pass. The good news is that the existing laws, including Dodd-Frank and the SEC’s governing legislation, already give future appointees all the authority they will need.” Why she would have been wasted as VP.
Nat’l Post: If the gig economy is booming, why is ‘freelance’ still a fail?
“As companies become less loyal to workers – creating work conditions most favourable to the Patrick Batemans of the world – people are pushing back and setting their own wages, hours and terms of employment.”
The Atlantic: A Conservative Entitlement Program for Paid Family Leave.
“... now a Republican-backed research group is going significantly beyond those plans and suggesting the kind of solution conservatives have rejected for years: a new entitlement program for the working poor.” Perhaps another sign of a more wide-ranging political ideology course-correction, to return to (what I consider) ‘center’ philosophies. We’ve been so far rightward for so long ... only those who can remember McGovern seem to recall what a real Democrat was. Don’t even start me on what a ‘moderate Republican’ used to be.
NY Times: Donald Trump Is Making America Meaner.
Art gallery personnel in Santa Fe, many of whom I associate with, have noticed a sharp uptick in unmannered, bigoted, self-centered people imposing their deeply-held manias on others. Past time for someone to shut the guy down.
PS Mag: Twenty Years Ago, We Reformed Welfare.
“The program’s fixed block-grant structure meant it couldn’t respond to economic downturns by increasing aid. During the downturn — which was, lest you forget, the most severe economic slowdown in recent history — many states actually aggressively cut people from the welfare rolls in the face of budgetary pressures, reporting declines in their welfare caseloads.” Yeah, the Clintons should not brag about this. My fellow Dems know about the bait-and-switch of block grants. Well, if you oppose them now, you should not believe this is a feather in the Clinton cap. Never again.
Political Wire: Clinton Paid 34% Effective Tax Rate.
“Mrs. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, paid an effective federal income tax rate of 34% in 2015 and donated nearly 10% of their gross income to charity, the campaign said in a statement.” A proper display of financial ‘patriotism’. Now the other candidates need to step up ...
Dazed (UK): Going to university is officially not worth it, says study.
OilPrice: Despite Low Oil Prices, Saudi Arabia Stabilizing Economy.
All I have to say is, New Mexico better unlink revenue from oil and gas, and move into renewables. Like, yesterday.
Buzzfeed: Robert Reich Says The Gig Economy Can Be A “Nightmare”.
NY Post: Why millennials are forgoing college for blue-collar jobs.
Autoweek: Want to look inside a Ford flathead? Here’s your chance.
ArtDaily: Annie Leibovitz talks high-fliers and photo phobics at Hong Kong show.
Looks like my office. Almost. I’ve been comparing car prints. Easiest to do with a pushpin on the walls. Wife’s having a fit because I’ll have to patch holes. Little pushpin pricks? Toothpaste.
naked cap: Americans Increasingly Angry With Corporate Desertions via Tax Inversions.
Catapult: The Fierce Triumph of Loneliness.
“I moved through these scenes like a ghost yet felt astoundingly whole.” Well-expressed.
NY Times: Priced Out of a Childhood Home.
Not NY, but anyone who grew up in Princeton knows this. My childhood home sold for about $360k in 1996. Sells for over a cool million now. I’d love to be able tell Dad he lived in a mansion ...
Oxford American: Not Yet Lost. [Must-read!]
“We both knew what it felt like to mourn something we had not yet lost.” I call this the read-of-the-month. Wonderfully written, best thing I’ve seen online in ages.
ABQ Free Press: Insurance Rates Headed Up.
“The preliminary rates aren’t yet public and will most likely be adjusted by Franchini’s office, but a source told ABQ Free Press that two insurers are seeking average rate increases of 28 to 30 percent. Another is asking for increases of up to 80 percent, and two are asking for increases in the 3 to 12 percent range.” All the independent contractors of my acquaintance are going ballistic over this. Payment of the penalty and going without, seeking non-exchange out-of-state insurance are being discussed.
The Atlantic: Need Cash Fast? Ask Reddit.
The Atlantic: Truck Stop - How One of America’s Steadiest Jobs Turned Into One of Its Most Gru
“This is the experience of many truckers. They are convinced to work as independent contractors by trucking carriers trying to rid themselves of the financial responsibilities of employers and shift the risk of owning and operating trucks to workers.” This is not just in trucking - nearly everyone I know who used to be full-time, are now forced into independent contracting.