Quick Hits

Here are some other stories making news today.

The Los Angeles Times U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton says the provision in Arizona's immigration law that makes lacking immigration documents a crime may violate prior rulings that bar states from creating their own immigrant registration systems.

A House committee has filed ethics charges against Rep. Charles Rangel, the former Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee. An adjudicatory subcommittee will hold a public organizational meeting on July 29th. The story in The Hill.

The Hutch News of Hutchinson, Kansas has withdrawn its endorsement of Tracey Mann in the GOP Primary in the First Congressional District in Kansas citing his birther views.

Fresh off a weekend jaunt to Maine, President Barack Obama and his family will vacation on the Florida Gulf Coast next month, the White House said Thursday. The Obamas are scheduled to travel to the coast on Aug. 14 and stay the weekend. Expect the right wing to go crazy over another Obama vacation. Just to set the record straight, 18 months in his Presidency George W. Bush had taken 120 days of time off. The Obamas, so far, have taken 65 days of vacation.

The Incidental Economist has a post on why the US spends more on healthcare than any other country. Fee-for-service payment arrangements, which predominate the health care industry, are one of the major factors driving the increased service intensity and thus largely responsible for driving up costs.

Must be a record of some kind. From the Las Vegas Sun: "In the warehouse of a family-owned clean diesel manufacturer in Sparks, Angle delivered a three-minute speech on her desire to permanently repeal the estate tax. When invited by the final speaker to stay and answer a few questions, she turned on her heel and rushed out a back door with a small cadre of staff members."

Army. Lt. Dan Choi, one of the most outspoken critics of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the US Military, has been honorably discharged from the Army. More from CNN.

Tags: US Healthcare, Kansas 01, Arizona, Immigration Issues, Sharron Angle, Nevada Senate Race, Rep. Charlie Rangel (all tags)



Health care spending

That article on health care spending is naive.  It looks at the problem with a very crude level of granularization.  You cannot breakdown a $2.4B industry into 5 substantially overlapping segments, and expect to learn much the excersise.


A better way to break the problem down is into individual diseases and outcomes.  So much on osteoporosis, so much on bacterimia, so much on cancer etc.  And then compare the amount spent on each segment, with the results and the results obtained in other coutnries, and with the results that could be obtained if we had a slightly different model.  For instance, we spend $10B treating fractures due to osteoporosis, and $40B on patients who acquire nosocomial (hospital aquired infections).  Can we reduce the expenditure on osteoporosis to $5B, if we could spend $1B on prevention.  Answer is no, because we don't know how to identify the "at risk" population with sufficient accuracy.  Is it worthwhile to spend $10B, compared to the results ?  Yes...because the pain/suffering is horrendous.  Can we save money there ?  Yes...the money being spent on prevention is largely being wasted.  Likewise for nosocomials.... can we reduce the nosocomial spending to $20B, if we spend $1B in prevention (answer is yes...but it's complicated).


And so on...



by Ravi Verma 2010-07-22 05:27PM | 1 recs
RE: Health care spending

good points.

by Charles Lemos 2010-07-23 01:55AM | 0 recs
RE: Quick Hits

citing her birther views.

By all means, question his judgment.  Anyone who's seen one of his ads, though, can tell you that Tracey Mann is almost certainly male.

by Shocker Jim 2010-07-22 10:17PM | 0 recs
RE: Quick Hits

thx, I was in a hurry and didn't have time to double check it. I've made the edit.

Saw that he's associated with The Family. yikes.

by Charles Lemos 2010-07-23 01:54AM | 0 recs
RE: Quick Hits

Not my district, but we get their ads on television.  I mute most of the R ads, but I did notice that his first prominently featured the line "repeal the death tax forever."   (Typical right-wing boilerplate.)

by Shocker Jim 2010-07-23 06:01PM | 0 recs
Judge halts exploration in northwest Alaska

I love this new feature, Charles, I hope you keep it up.

Here's one for tomorrow maybe: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hfc96O1f3W1VbJMX1ovX8sma_nDAD9H3PN803

by Nathan Empsall 2010-07-23 01:37AM | 0 recs


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