Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for August, 2009

Republican Dick Armey supports an option to enroll in Medicare. Which isn’t socialism. Or something.Hunh? Dick Armey in an interview with The Economist: If you in fact freely choose to enroll in Medicare that’s a wonderful gift, it’s a charity, it’s something I applaud. But when they force you in, that’s tyranny.

To set the context, in 2007, the Republicans in the Senate were using all sorts of parliamentary maneuvers to prevent a bill from reaching the floor for a vote–the bill raised the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour (TEH SOCIALISMZ!!). It gets really good around 4:00. Of course, I’m sure there are GOPniks who will…

Sunday Links

More stuff I never get to blogging about. Maybe you will! Science:

Hunter has a succinct summary of the Romneycare the proposed healthcare legislation coming out of the more conservative committees (italics original): But a trade of mandated purchase of a for-profit, private product in exchange for a meager promise to not abuse customers is — let’s all say it together, for good measure — goddamned asinine.…

What National Romney/Obamacare Will Mean

Middle class families with thousands of dollars of expenses will end up paying more:

Michael Seitzman sums up the Mad Biologist’s philosophy of dealing with creationists, denialists, and other sundry morons: I have some advice for all of us. Stop trying to get these people to realize how wrong they are and how right you are. Stop trying to apply reason to the profoundly unreasonable. Stop trying to mitigate…

In a bunch of different contexts, I keep reading about how poorly the U.S. is doing in science. And that’s true at the national level–we do fare poorly in comparison to other countries. But it’s worth remembering that the U.S. is a really large country, geographically and in terms of population, and that certain regions…

I came across an email that made me realize that I’ll never get another quite like it: Dear [Mad Biologist] Thank you for your letter on S. 549 the Preservation of Antibiotics for Human Treatment Act. I share your concern on this critical health issue. In recent years, we have done too little to prevent…

R.J. Matson, St. Louis Post Dispatch Ezra Klein nails it: There is an impulse to honor the dead by erasing the sharp edges of their life. To ensure they belong to all of us, and in doing, deprive them of the dignity conferred by their actual choices, their lonely stands, and their long work. But…

There are two legitimate reasons for health insurance copayments (that is, you pay for part of a treatment or drug). The first is that copayments provide ownership: by requiring a nominal payment for those who are not indigent, it reinforces that idea that this isn’t charity, but a common social obligation, on the part of…