Archives for December, 2009

Star Trek and liberalism

This is old news, but the National Review is worried about Star Trek: I have over the past couple of months been watching DVDs of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a show I missed completely in its run of 1987 to 1994; and I confess myself amazed that so many conservatives are fond of it.…

Simple answers to stupid questions

Discovery Institute boss Bruce Chapman considers healthcare reform, and wonders Is it Constitutional? The answer is: Yes. This has been a simple answer to a stupid question.

Shorter Telic Thoughts

ID-blog Telic Thoughts, between efforts at debunking 9/11 and denying the last few decades worth of climate research, has time for A Christmas Story. Shorter version: For Jack Bauer so loved the world that he sent his only daughter out into it, then died in her arms after she was brutally raped by drug-selling white…

Ummm…

Washington Post, 12/22/2009 – Obama rejects criticism on health-care reform legislation: “Nowhere has there been a bigger gap between the perceptions of compromise and the realities of compromise than in the health-care bill,” Obama said in an Oval Office interview with The Washington Post about his legislative record this year. “Every single criteria for reform I…

Disco. Inst. is wrong on everything

We knew that the Discovery Institute was wrong about evolution. They recently set out to prove to the world how wrong they are about global warming, having also shown how poorly they grasp the difference between weather and climate, how little they understand about tsarist Russia, about Social Security and foreign affairs, advanced medical directives,…

The Aging of Science?

Kevin Drum reproduces the following graphic (from here via here) under the title “The Aging of Science.” The problem is that this isn’t about the Aging of Science. First, most scientists don’t seek NIH grants, so this would, at best, show the aging of medical research. But really, it represents an intentional and ill-considered policy…

Steve Benen reminds me about the GOP effort to block a defense spending bill to delay health-care reform: Senate Republicans said Thursday that they would try to filibuster a massive Pentagon bill that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an unusual move that several acknowledged was an effort to delay President Obama’s health-care legislation.…

Health insurance is a good thing

Via Tyler Longpine, a report finds that health insurance reform would significantly reduce the number of uninsured in Kansas: About 228,000 uninsured people in Kansas would gain coverage by 2019 under the Senate health reform bill, according to a new report by Families USA, a national group advocating for health reform. Without comprehensive reform, an…

More healthcare

Jason Rosenhouse replies to my post yesterday about health insurance. You’ll recall that I took progressive opponents of the current Senate bill to task for complaining about a mandate that people buy health insurance as if we didn’t have parallel examples to see how insurance mandates work. Jason objects: For one thing, the moral case…

Strawmen and insurance mandates

I don’t say this often, but Atrios isn’t talking sense: I feel like those more supportive of this bill are attacking anti-mandate strawmen. The reason for thinking that without a public option or similar mandates are going to be a disaster is that without competition or sufficient affordability (due to not quite generous enough subsidies),…