The Vortex of Circular Logic

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Study: Health Care Costs Worry the Wealthy - Yahoo! News

Study: Health Care Costs Worry the Wealthy - Yahoo! News

We're headed for the $2 trillion mark this year. Health care costs SHOULD worry the wealthy. Afterall, when the poor can't afford the care, hospitals and doctors write it off...sort of. Guess who gets passed the bill to offset the loss? The healthy (insurance) and the wealthy (big bills). From a certain point of view, we ARE practicing socialized medicine. From a certain point of view. Don't get me wrong, it's not the fault of the poor. They didn't set up this system. The fault is in:
1) The healthcare field for promoting themselves a little too successfully and thus setting up unattainable expectations of perfection.
2) The public who actually buy into the image of miracle workers and thus, sue doctors/hospitals for a bad outcome regardless of whether it really was anyone's fault or not (and sometimes, it's just out of plain old greed).
3) The insurance companies who can't get their act together enough to reduce administrative costs (like using a universal claims form) for everyone including themselves. Approximately $600 BILLION goes towards these costs every year. That's nearly a third of the all costs folks.

Saltzman vote gives OHSU tram plan a lift

Saltzman vote gives OHSU tram plan a lift

I feel bad for Dan Saltzman. The man is absolutely doing the right thing, but he's very likely to pay a heavy political price in doing so. Meanwhile, the lynch mob over at Jack Bog's blog are already screaming for the man's head. It doesn't matter that their anger is irrational. They just want to be pissed at someone, so since Dan was the third person, that's who all the "fault" lies on. As for me, Dan's got my vote. It takes guts to throw yourself on the grenade like that and know that people will still accuse you of pulling the pin in the first place. What is it about mob mentality that just makes people throw all sanity and common sense out the window?

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Treehugger: Common Eco-Myth: Wind Turbines Kill Birds

Treehugger: Common Eco-Myth: Wind Turbines Kill Birds
A good article that dispels the myth of wind turbines being a danger to birds.