Clarity in Health Care Reform

From the NYtimes health blogger:

Over the next several weeks, members of Congress will be confronted with one scary story after another about what will happen if they try to cut health care costs.

Tax the costliest health insurance plans? Workers will be denied medical care. Reduce the growth of spending on home health care agencies? Elderly patients living alone will be left to fend for themselves. Set up a commission to reduce Medicare waste? Again, the elderly will suffer. Impose a tax on plastic surgery? That’s unfair to unemployed women looking to enhance their appearance. (Seriously, the plastic surgeons are making that case.)

But here’s the thing: It is abundantly clear that our medical system wastes enormous amounts of money on health care that doesn’t make people healthier. Hospitals that practice more intensive medicine, to take one example, get no better results than more conservative hospitals, research shows. And while the insured receive better care and are healthier than the uninsured, the lavishly insured — those households with so-called Cadillac plans — are not better off than households with merely good insurance.

Yet every time Congress comes up with an idea for cutting spending, the cry goes out: Patients will suffer! You’re cutting bone, not fat!

Um, maybe Congress could just mind it’s own business. That’s my take from this intro.

Indian Country

The U.S. government has not done well by Indians here. Not just in the past, but recently as they’ve badly invested their money and screwed them out of land and resources.

$3 billion may be going back to them. Hopefully it includes some agreement about taking care of themselves from now on and covers all past debt. It’s overdue.

Lessons for the future. If you win a war, don’t make written agreements that you have no intention of keeping.

Just Messing with Honduras


The “international community” has imposed two new requirements on Honduras as a condition to recognize Honduras. They now insist that in addition to complying with the Tegucigalpa Accord, Mel Zelaya (and everyone else) must be given political amnesty − despite the fact that Mel Zelaya was the one who insisted that amnesty provisions be taken out of the Accord.

Additionally, Oscar Arias says that President-elect Pepe Lobo must get President Roberto Micheletti to resign. So, in other words, Arias is turning the Tegucigalpa Accord back into the San José Accord. He’s worried that Lobo will receive the presidential sash from Micheletti. Too bad that Oscar Arias doesn’t know that the Honduran presidential sash is received from the president of the congress, not the outgoing president.

Who are these people??? What the hell is wrong with them? Lobo has already been hinting about amnesty for Zelaya even though Zelaya is the one who insisted amnesty be removed from the accord.
And if Micheletti resigns, then who holds that spot during this transition? Is Lobo to be transitioned by a secretary?
Oh Honduras, I have a lot of confidence in you as you re-find your place in this idiotic world.
May your industry thrive amongst yourselves.
May your military keep you safe from Chavez and his ilk.
May your people prosper.
And may you still be sane when I come to visit!