Two healthcare experts from the notoriously socialist Brookings Institution have released a report on the impact of Obamacare on healthcare premiums. Based on headlines today, the conclusions might surprise you.
Read the whole thing, but this is part of the conclusion:
The ACA marketplaces, though imperfect, represent a clear improvement over the unstructured, non-transparent individual health insurance market that existed beforehand. They have been quite successful in lowering premiums for consumers while simultaneously providing better insurance. While guaranteed issue, required essential benefits, and restrictions on medical underwriting undoubtedly pushed up premiums, aspects of the ACA that created a far more competitive individual insurance market appear to have more than offset those effects
Gmail’s spam filter let this one through:
been a while my Canadian frend! do u still live near Mississauga?
I had to Google “Missassauga” (near Toronto). I’m not Canadian nor anyone’s “frend”.
Google, work on the spam filter…
I love Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee series. The latest episode has Lorne Michaels, long time producer of Saturday Night Live (assuming that explanation was superfluous). Given that Lorne isn’t a comedian, it may not be the funniest episode, but it has great quotes:
…his grandfather came to America, and was told the streets were paved with gold. And when he got to America he found out three things:
1) The streets are not paved with gold
2) The streets are not paved
3) He’s gonna be the guy paving them
And I think anything you start, you’re in that position
And a classic from a total New Yorker:
There’s a thing that happens when you grow up in a city like Toronto. People are always saying things like, “I think the Italian food here is as good as any restaurant in New York”. And I say, “You know where they don’t say that?… (Jerry laughs) is in New York”
Just watch it. A great car and cameos from Jimmy Fallon and Julia Louis-Dreyfus…
Last night was a landing on solid ground, which generally means it’s an “easier” landing (the easy kind of rocket science). It’s a bit ridiculous that this impressive feat is becoming routine.
Only in Wisconsin.
Vince Christian, of Wisconsin Cheese Mart, said cheese theft is considered a growing problem in his industry
“The cheese pirates are back at it again,” Christian joked. “It’s kind of crazy that cheese is now so valuable people are going off with entire trucks of it.”