Matthew Holt

Economist: “A huge step forward. With one exception …”

A thumbs up:

“Cleverly borrowing good ideas from both sides of the party divide, his proposals at least look like a plausible basis for agreement. The plan obliges everyone to take out health insurance while creating a tapering subsidy for poorer families to help them afford it. It also requires insurance companies to end various nefarious practices, such as refusing to insure people with existing conditions or cancelling their coverage just when they need it most. To pay for these long-held liberal goals (the cost is put at $900 billion over ten years), the president has committed himself to several policies that Republicans, if only they could remove their partisan spectacles, should applaud.

There is, for instance, a tax on insurance companies that offer “Cadillac” plans to richer individuals; since this will inevitably be passed on to consumers, it is a useful step towards making individuals aware of the cost of their coverage. He has made a cast-iron pledge that he will not sign a health bill that increases the deficit, and has promised automatic spending cuts if savings do not materialise. He wants to set up a new technocratic committee that could mandate changes to the hugely expensive Medicare system of health care for the elderly (an idea that cleverly takes such difficult decisions out of the hands of politicians, who have displayed a lamentable failure to grapple with them). And the president also promised conservatives reform of America’s mad tort system. The risk of being sued pushes up costs, obliging doctors to practise “defensive medicine” in the shape of needless tests and procedures.

“Obama’s big speech” Economist.com

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Nate
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Nate

“boys hitting each other,”
If you watch without prejudice you will see the white boy wasn’t hitting back. Would love to see how you classify rape with this logic. She was involved so it must have been consensual?
THis quote from a student sums it up;
Katherine Showalter, 17, a senior at Belleville West, said the incident was all the talk at school Tuesday.
“All he wanted to do was sit down and get to school,” she said.
Use to be a time when the left stood up for people that were beaten just for wanting to learn. Guess those days are long gone.

Nate
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Nate

Do you really think if a black kid was beaten by multiple white kids while more white kids stood arond cheering it would be just a fight? And it isn’t so much the color of the kids skin but the mentality. All the people standing around cheering, the thought they could do this and get away with it. This wasn’t a fight it was an attack. The kids that attacked him, and those that cheered aren’t interested in getting an educacation. They aren’t worth the tens of thousands we are wasting on them. That money should instead be spent giving… Read more »

Margalit Gur-Arie
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Margalit Gur-Arie

Nate, kids have been fighting in school since the invention of schools. It has nothing to do with black and white. I’m not condoning boys hitting each other, but it happens in all white, all black and all purple schools every day. I have two boys and I’ve seen a fair share of this sort of misbehavior. This is not a political issue. That article is ridiculous. The boys need to be disciplined and the bus driver needs to be fired.
Oh, BTW, I live in St. Louis and our paper obviously sucks.

Nate
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Nate

But if the poor folks weren’t out there working, who would pick up the trash, wash dishes in restaurants, mow the suburb lawns, wait on tables, wash floors, dry clean,……etc. etc.? It takes an entire destitute village to support the American Dream…. Where do you live? Garbage men in Vegas make around 80K. My pool and lawn people own their own businesses and make very comfortable livings, I would guess 50-100K a year. Waitresses make minimum wage but before the recession with tips also make 30-75K+. The asian lady that runs the dry cleaners is banking, to be racist those… Read more »

Margalit Gur-Arie
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Margalit Gur-Arie

OK Nate… Let’s do it one by one: Drugs – I made the reference to drugs because somehow when we talk about poverty, you mention drugs, so I wanted to clarify that an automatic association is uncalled for. Rich kids do drugs too, and where I live they do that more often than the poor kids, but suffer no consequences whatsoever. Hard work – I don’t have a percentage, so I’m sorry to say, there is nothing for you to mock. But if the poor folks weren’t out there working, who would pick up the trash, wash dishes in restaurants,… Read more »

Jerry
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Shorter* Nate – I’m not sure who I dislike the most, brown people, or poor people. But poor brown people? Fuggedaboutit!
*‘Shorter’ concept created by Daniel Davies and perfected by Elton Beard. We are aware of all Internet traditions.™

Nate
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Nate

“Nate, most poor people are not addicted to drugs.” I am beginning to see most liberals are incapable of honest debate. Margalit please cut and paste where I said anything close to most poor people are addicted to drugs. Between the lefts blanket claims of racism and sexism I don’t know how I maintain the patience to educate you all. If I never said anything close to most poor people are on drugs then why are you starting your response with it? You seem at times to be pretty well educated, I’ll assume you know what a straw man is,… Read more »

Margalit Gur-Arie
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Margalit Gur-Arie

Nate, most poor people are not addicted to drugs. They are hard working folks with no chance in site to better their situation and no tools to better their children’s future. That’s where I want the billions to go.
You keep telling revolting stories of a fringe minority and seem to be willing to expand government role to taking kids away and sterilizing women. How does that sit with your other views regarding government intrusion into one’s wallet?
There will always be people that make all the wrong choices in life. Poverty just makes it easier to make them.

nonlocal M.D.
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nonlocal M.D.

Jerry, I told you you’d like Nate. (:
nonlocal

Nate
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Nate

Margalit remember welfare reform? Your argument today was the exact same argument used to try and stop it. All these poor people that never had a fair chance are going to die in the streets if we reform welfare. What was the actual result…unquestionable success. Government has never been capable of choosing who needs help and how much. I’ll assume you don’t beleive there is a limitless pool of other peoples money for you to spend. Knowing their is a finite amount of money wouldn’t you rather give extra money and opportunity to the poor kid busting their ass trying… Read more »

Jerry
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Thanks for the articulate comment, Margalit Gur-Arie.
When you’re done trying to talk to Nate, there’s a brick wall over there that also needs convincing.

jerry.soucy@gmail.com
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I wasn’t retreating from anything, just the degree of hyperbole. There is no doubt that Obama has no clue how to run an economy or a country. He is doing much more damage than Osama ever could. So, you say that the President of the United States is “doing more damage” than the leader/financier of a terrorist organization that hijacked 4 planes, destroyed two very large skyscrapers, damaged the Pentagon, killed 3,000+ people (all innocent of anything, BTW), etc.? Good to know you’re retreating from the hyperbole. I was pretty sure that I landed at a healthcare blog, but for… Read more »

Margalit Gur-Arie
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Margalit Gur-Arie

Nate, whether you like it or not, some kids are born with two strikes against them, others are born with three balls (don’t go there) and most of us are somewhere in between. For the lucky ones school just reinforces what mom and dad are doing. For the unfortunate ones, school is there to try and undo the already existing, and ongoing, damage. Sometimes it works, mostly it does not. The net result, as Peter put it rather well, is that we are creating yet another generation of failed citizens and all of us will have to bear the financial… Read more »

Peter
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Peter

“Adversity is great at wedding out the week, I think we have to many week people.” The so called “weak” end up in our prisons and on our social welfare roles – so you end up paying no matter what – pay it up front or on the back end. I didn’t see much weeding out of “weakness” in our financial sector in the latest crash, just accomodation for crooks, liars and thieves. If you look at the past you will see at least 12 major bailouts of corporate “weakness” and the continuing corporate tax incentive game, much of which… Read more »

MD as HELL
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MD as HELL

Jerry,
I wasn’t retreating from anything, just the degree of hyperbole. There is no doubt that Obama has no clue how to run an economy or a country. He is doing much more damage than Osama ever could.
So, dude, or should I say “nurse”, try to conceal your contempt for doctors when you work. Here it has entertainment value, which is certainly welcome to me.