I thought that Charles Rangel was politically dead. I guess not. He won his primary race. Now whether he should win or not is a different question.
A study that came out comparing healthcare in multiple countries found that we continue to be awful. We spend more money and have worse outcomes.
I don’t have all of the answers, but I do have a few. When you look at the chart above, how many of the countries that deliver “good” healthcare are insurance based? Could we get better outcomes if we, the American people, focused on the doctor-patient relationship? The problem is not that there isn’t good healthcare in the US. There is. There is GREAT healthcare, but there is also really, really bad healthcare. We need to keep the GREAT and get rid of the bad.
Hey, the Supreme Court ruled that the police have to get a warrant to search my cellphone. This is a victory for privacy. Nice editorial in the NYT.
Oh, there is nothing quite as entertaining as Republican in-fighting on Fox News. Neil Cavuto and Michele Bachmann get into it. It is kind of funny.
Unless you’ve been lost at sea, for the past 3-6 months, you like everyone else has been aware of the new mega film that is being released tomorrow, the Hobbit. When I was young, I read The Lord of the Rings And the Hobbit. I really didn’t like The Lord of the Rings. I thought the book was too long. It was too intricate. There are too many characters. But I loved The Hobbit. Here’s a review from a Rolling Stone.
Even after thinking about it for a day or so, Antonin Scalia’s comments which draws a parallel between gay marriage and murder just seems to be over the top. Which, I believe, was his purpose.
The right to work legislation which was passed in Michigan is nothing more than an attempt to defund unions. My friend, was exactly correct, when he pointed out that this does not harm collective bargaining. Instead, this basically limits what a union can charge. More importantly, there’s no data to suggest that right to work states do any better financially. As a matter fact, the data suggests the exact opposite. Continue reading Thursday Evening News Roundup→
It is kind of sad that the President announces his support for marriage equality after the North Carolina election. I’m not sure that his support would have changed anything, but it might have. I think that many Blacks who opposed same sex marriage would have thought about the issue a little more deeply. Marriage equality is important. It is another step in the long road toward equality for everyone in this great nation of ours.
I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.