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August 15, 2009


I love this series, but there are two key issues you didn't cover that I wish you had.

One, if everyone must be covered and we don't get a public option, what's going to happen to people who can't afford the premiums?

Two, portability is another important reason for reform! Gone are the days when you could stay at the same employer for 20 years. Now you're lucky if you don't get laid off after two months! And even if you stay with the same company, if you get an out-of-state transfer you have to change plans AGAIN! We need an affordable way to stick with the same insurance for as long as we want, no matter who we're working for or what state we're living in.

Love your ability. Take issue with the reductionism at the end (shouting or thinking). False proposition. Shouting occurred when the object of the shout spouted spacious comments not born of thought, but of position papers. Anger resulted. Voices raised. It is interesting that those who would regulate the industry will not, themselves, have to abide by same. I want THEIR coverage. OR, THEY should put themselves under "mine" (whatever THEY decide are in MY best interest - hah!)

Very good series. One nitpick -- single payer and "socialized medicine" are not the same thing.

Oops Matthew, this time you got me. I'll flop them this evening. That's the problem speaking in secret code: even the people who *think* they get it, don't.

Given that I've been mixing up old Michigan Congressmen I'm not one to talk, but you've flipped defined contribution with defined benefit.

health benefits offered by morning walk
The secret of longevity for a major section of people who are ‘ octogenarians ‘ – That is People who are in their eighties would be morning walk which was done for decades. People have nowadays gradually started realizing the importance of morning walk in shaping the health of human body. But still there are umpteen number of people who do not unwind themselves from their mechanical lives. Technological advancements have made life more simpler in all respects but we humans must also pay the price for it if we do not allocate time in our hectic schedule for some physical work like walking or visiting Gym’s. Around fifteen years ago, TV remotes were rarely found in houses and hence we used to walk at least for changing channels. But now ? Sitting hours together in front of the idiot box, continuously feeding the stomach with snacks or sweets, leading to obesity. If you question a doctor on the health benefits offered by walking he would give you a long lecture. Let us see some of the benefits.
1) It is a stress buster which instills a feeling of freshness to the body as well as mind.
2) blood circulation is promoted, reducing greatly the chances of high blood pressure.
3) Checks obesity by burning unnecessary calories of fat in the body.
4) It makes the joints more strong and hence people would be less susceptible to Orthopedic troubles associated with old age.
5) Chases away neck pain and back pains.
6) If you go walk in a park surrounded by trees, you will inhale more fresh air, containing higher concentration of oxygen, thereby bringing down breathing problems too.
7) Keeps sugar levels under control.

Thank you for this series. It's been very helpful. On the other hand it does emphasize to me the degree to which Americans or at least American politicians are cutting apart the problem into little pieces and thereby missing some of the biggest cost reducing and access promoting measures undertaken by Europeans and others: creating a non-profit core to the health system via either a single payer, a highly regulated all-payer or (and this is really unlikely here) a socialized medical system. Currently we are trying to hard to live by the creeds of the "free market" in the area of health care where the most serious economists in this area (Kenneth Arrow among others) say that the market is almost always dysfunctional in the area of health insurance and payment for health services.

Did you post to Slideshare? THe PDF download is very helpful.

Thanks for a great series. Like the series on financial derivatives, this series makes complex issue pretty obvious.

Let's hope the politicins read it!

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