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Mike the Mad Biologist

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Readers will know that one of my pet peeves that I inflict upon you, dear readers, is my dislike of misinterpreting data. In the healthcare debate, one of the key studies that many have relied on, including the Obama Administration, is the Darmouth Atlas of Health Care Studies. A major finding of the DAHCS is…

Or as I like to say–people have to like this crap. Two events over the last month, the reappointment of Bernanke to Fed Chairman and some Senate Democrats’ new-found opposition to using reconciliation to pass healthcare reform with a public option, highlight one reason why Democrats lose elections: rather than focusing on outcomes, they focus…

A recent question posed by NY Times columnist demonstrates just how far to the Palinist right our political and social discourse has shifted:

In the battle of ideas, what things are called matters (e.g., the ‘death tax’ instead of the estate tax). So I’m utterly puzzled as to why Paul Krugman is calling the current state of play in healthcare centrist: The fact is that the Senate bill is a centrist document, which moderate Republicans should find entirely…

Well, he didn’t say it in Latin (that would have been very French. Or something). But this report is very encouraging: Democratic insiders say they are weighing several options to save health care reform, and one actually may be bold enough to revive a depressed, turned-off Democratic base: use the obscure reconciliation loophole to pass…

Keep in mind that eighteen percent of those who voted for Obama in 2008 voted for Brown–if Coakley had kept half of these voters (or even a third), she wins. Now my head goes boom: HEALTH CARE BILL OPPONENTS THINK IT “DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH” by 3 to 2 among Obama voters who voted for…

These will have to be some quick hits, since I’m at a meeting; I’ll try to revisit them later this week: 1) The absolute numbers indicate that Democrats lost this election: In 2008, Obama received 1,904,097 votes; in 2009, Coakley received 1,058,682. In 2008, McCain received 1,108,854 votes; in 2009, Brown received 1,168,107 votes.

No One Could Have Predicted…

…that Lieberman and Snowe were not acting in good faith on healthcare. First, TPM on Republican Senator Olympia Snowe: Hindsight’s 20-20, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid now thinks he and leading Democrats, at the behest of the White House, flushed months down the toilet courting Sen. Olympia Snowe’s (R-ME) support for health care reform.…

“A Junk Insurance Tax”

To follow up on Tuesday’s post about Massachusetts’ healthcare, it bears repeating: healthcare reform has to make people’s lives better. In other words, people have to like this crap. And this isn’t cutting it (boldface mine; italics original): When it came time to renew my own insurance, I asked the insurance broker, what it would…

One of the claims that has been going around is that healthcare in Massachusetts is affordable; in fact, MIT economist Paul Jonathan Gruber, who has come under fire for conflicts-of-interest, has made this claim: In considering affordability for a group, we need to establish a sensible benchmark whereby insurance is considered affordable if “most of”…