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While I’ve disagreed strongly with Megan McArdle, she recently wrote one of the more humane pieces I’ve read in the mainstream media about unemployment and underemployment (italics mine): I was unemployed for basically two years between the time I graduated from business school in 2001, and the time I accepted a job with The Economist…

The projections used by the Social Security Administration to determine when it will become ‘insolvent’ are notoriously pessimistic, in that they have been estimating that Social Security will be DOOOMED! in 28-38 years going on nearly twenty years. Like Zeno’s spear, we never seem to hit that wall. Well, it’s spread to Medicare (like E.…

Let’s just say that throwing up between 1am and 5am the week you have to prepare for a scientific conference (ASM) is, well, suboptimal. Anyway, I’m fine (thanks for asking), but Tuesday I had plenty of time to think about this NY Times article about the increase in healthcare deductibles (the amount of money you…

What Was the Massachusetts House Thinking?

I didn’t think we would see assaults on unions happening in Massachusetts. I was wrong: Last night, the Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill (111-42) to strip public-sector workers of their ability to bargain collectively for healthcare. The rhetoric surrounding the bill, proposed by Democratic State House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, is in…

Why Planned Parenthood Matters to Me

You might have heard of by now rightwing activist Lila Rose’s attempted sting operation of Planned Parenthood, which resulted in the shocking finding that Planned Parenthood workers follow the law (and don’t endanger themselves or their patients by physically confronting potentially dangerous people). Suffice it to say, it was a bullshit smear, but that’s not…

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne recently wrote this about Obama which puzzled me: An Obama who roared straight ahead hit a political wall. This next Obama is using finesse and subtlety to get to the same place. Roared straight ahead? Obama? Yes, he appointed two not-batshit-lunatic Supreme Court Justices. But economically, how different would he…

…they supported socialized medicine. Last week, Forbes writer Rick Ungar made the following historical observation: In July of 1798, Congress passed – and President John Adams signed – “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen.” The law authorized the creation of a government operated marine hospital service and mandated that privately employed…

But not for the reason you’re probably thinking. Loughner’s ideas are a ludicrous hodge-podge of conspiracy theory, libertarianism, and anti-government sentiment, but what’s striking about them is how incoherent they are. This incoherency isn’t limited to Loughner either: …the strange thing is that so much of this furious opposition to activist government appears to be…

Paul Krugman, in a recent column, asks the following regarding the bogus claim by former Blue Dog Democrat and current corporate lobbyist (nice retirement plan) Evan Bayh that Democrats were too focused on healthcare: After all, are people who say that Mr. Obama should have focused on the economy saying that he should have pursued…

Two Thoughts About MRSA ST239

Maryn McKenna has a good article about a new strain of methicillin resistant of Staphylococcus aureus, ST239, aka The Brazilian Clone (as far as I know, no bikini wax is involved…). ST239 is troubling since it’s not only resistant to methicillin, but also resistant to other antibiotics, including clindamycin, tetracycline, cotrimoxazole (also known as Bactrim),…