Work leads to money, and to the good things in life like
- Chocolate bonbons
- Warm socks
- Medicaid coverage
Wait, Medicaid coverage?? Yes, at least 10 states are pursuing a new rule that will require certain people to hold down a job or do volunteer work in order to get Medicaid coverage. The problem with the debate about this is that both sides are exaggerating their “facts”. Continue reading
That’s the buzz word du jour – data-driven decision making (along with “evidence-based policy”), based upon the idea that data speaks
- Complete sentences
- In English and
- Clearly, unmistakably points to one conclusion.
Have you heard the news? Half of all Americans are ill. Yesterday, we were well – today, not so much, all thanks not to an eminent diagnostician or physician extraordinaire . . . but thanks to mathematics.
- The most fun you can have without laughing.
- Paddling up Coochie Creek.
- Passing the gravy
Whatever you call it, sexual intercourse is a part of normal, healthy human functioning. We all know it leads to more humans, absent special drugs or equipment. And then, it gets complicated. Or does it? Continue reading
“A good scapegoat is nearly as welcome as a solution to the problem.” – Anonymous
Who hasn’t had the joy of blaming someone? You are absolved entirely and the solution involves some other poor sap changing his ways. Despite the short-lived relief blaming offers, it is the game for health care policy in the U.S.
Let’s review recent scapegoats for the cost of health insurance and health care: Continue reading
Conservatives everywhere, rejoice! At last, an expensive illness that can be “treated” by getting the patient a job. Conservatives’ favorite rant about needy people – they just need to get a job – is vindicated and it’s even backed up with decent research. Can we really turn the tide of the opiate addiction tsunami with jobs? Sort of yes. Sort of no. Continue reading
- All foam, no beer
- As smart as bait.
- Nothing going on upstairs.
There are plenty of ways to insult someone who is dumb, and now we can add injury to insult – people of lower intelligence die younger. And we have the science to prove it. Continue reading
We are all weary of news about obesity, and here comes a rarity – an excellent study that uses pristine methods and accurate descriptions of the worldwide trends. Sad to say, the message will likely get lost in the sound-bite translation. Continue reading
New research published in The Lancet has uncovered an antidote to a widespread, expensive, and devastating illness –health bullshit disease. Sufferers are susceptible to painless easy weight loss promises, herbal cures for cancer, and many employee wellness programs. Unlike any other recent new technology in health, this one actually has potential to improve health and reduce costs. What is this miracle antidote? Continue reading
“To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.” Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, 1687.
When Newton penned his laws of motion in the late 1600s, he was surely not thinking of surprise hospital inspections. (Hospitals date back to 350 BCE, but hospital inspectors did not come about until 1951 when the Joint Commission on Hospitals was born.) Nevertheless, his law can clearly be seen at work there: Medicare patients who had a hospital stay during an inspection week had a significantly lower risk of dying in the following 30 days, compared to similar patients who stayed during a non-inspection week. (JAMA Internal Medicine paper.) Continue reading