If our public agencies are working well, then insurance is superfluous since a one-off event can’t be prevented anyway and monetary compensation is initiated by the Teasury in any event. That, after all, is where all dollars come from.
However, if insurance companies serve as an adjunct bureaucracy to keep records and validate expenditures, then for all practical purposes they’ve just been contracted with to help deliver a public benefit.
It’s not a matter of fighting insurance companies; it’s a matter of bringing them under control. That’s what the ACA has accomplished and the public officials who engineered that are to be commended, as this Alaska ad for Begich does.
The audio amplifies the message nicely by featuring a native speaker.
I left it on Paul Krugman’s latest op-ed suggesting that interest rates should rise to help divest the oligarchs of some of their cash. While I certainly agree that hoarding dollars should be discouraged, playing with interest rates didn’t work before and I’m not sure it will work now. If the oligarchs are sitting on cash, it’s not because they’re waiting for more, but because they’re afraid they won’t get any more if they spend what they’ve got. And Congress, which is in charge of the distribution, has given them reason (austerity and the sequester) to fear that, regardless of how irrational it is to ration an entity whose potential quantity is infinite.
Then vote the blood suckers out of Congress.
You know who they are.
They’re the austerity mavens, the “hard choices” (hard cheese) clan, the power lusters and “no free lunchers.”
How did they get the upper hand? They lied and lied and lied some more. For all we know, Donald Rumsfeld had himself cloned and then donned a hundred masks. (more…)
Senator Lamar Alexander wanted to know how the Equal Pay Protection Act would ensure that men aren’t paid less — a query that led some people to question whether “equal” means something different in Tennessee than the rest of the country. (more…)
Well, in this instance, it’s the Senate Majority PAC that’s exposing the faces of the “billionaires.” Ads in which they are not identified they send their minions out to object to. From which, being rather simple-minded, I conclude that they want to be identified as the powers behind the curtain. (more…)
The perqs of incumbensy let a fellow, who’s leaving the House, invite citizens to bask, one last time, in his good intentions and take note of the fact that he’s angling to be promoted to the Senate. Jack Kingston, a member of the Republican theme team, is no slouch when it comes to massaging and messaging the constituents. Which is what he presumes anyone who attended a previous gathering to be. (more…)