Category Archives: Politics

Health Care Reform, Post 6: Medicare Stats

The Growth in Medicare & Medicaid Spending Medicare spending is growing faster than overall health care spending. Per Capita costs doubled between 1991 and 2003 and are a faster track today. Because of the population bulge from the baby boomers, … Continue reading

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Mosaic Plots

This is cool charts #5. Mosaic plots are rectangular plots composed of smaller rectangles typically used to display measures of counts or sums of a scale level variable for 2 or more categories. The area of the rectangle is proportional … Continue reading

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Storm in the Desert: The Aftermath

After a brutally cold couple of days, our temperature is going to be in the mid-50s’ today and get up to 65 by Tuesday. What the recent weather revealed is that our regional energy infrastructure is on life support. We … Continue reading

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State of the Union 2011

I attended a local Organizing for America (OFA) State of the Union party last week. It was nice to be among fellow volunteers and like-thinkers. Our local OFA organizer suggested that I write a blog entry on my reactions to … Continue reading

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Health Care Reform, Post 5: Access to Care

Is it possible that health care costs would decrease and not increase with better access to health care? Health Care Costs are Concentrated Costs are not equally distributed across the US population. From the Kaiser Family Foundation: While discussions about … Continue reading

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Health Care Reform, Post 4: Malpractice & Tort Reform

One plank of the Republicans’ approach to Health Care Reform is Tort Reform. They claim that a major factor in increasing health care costs is unwarranted malpractice suits. There is no doubt that for certain medical┬áspecialties, malpractice insurance is very … Continue reading

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Health Care Reform, Post 3: A Well-Balanced Perspective on “Obamacare”

Here’s a great little video that explains what it is and isn’t. This was produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. So what do you think? Is a 3% rise in government spending worth improving the US’s low rankings in health … Continue reading

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