Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

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  1. Evan Carr says:

    The NYT article is revealing yet no surprising. It alludes to perhaps the biggest failure in the War on Drugs: black male imprisonment and recidivism.

  2. Angel says:

    “Young black men without a high school diploma are more likely to be behind bars than to have a job. (Giving them plenty of time to read Krugman’s columns on the benefits of a higher minimum wage.)”

    Interesting article from an anecdotal perspective. However, it only perpetuates the deeply polarized debate of the modern world: how to get rid of poverty. In a more philosophical consideration, the issue of poverty delves into how humans can distribute resources and production in a fair way within a deeply complex and interconnected world. I believe we are a long way from reaching a viable solution and I believe it will take a lot of suffering and the use of technological innovation to end up getting rid of our social inequalities. For now, the issue of poverty is going to continue to be controlled by those with more authority in public and economic affairs, instead of empowering the individual with knowledge and responsibility for his/her future. We still live in a survival world, so we can’t yet attempt to have fair safety nets without risking individual freedom.

  3. Studebaker says:

    ObamaCare “high-risk pools” will be closed to new applicants as soon as Saturday. But this was the only ACA program that was working.

    The reason for needing health reform was so those with health condition would have access to affordable coverage. But only about 100,000 people have signed up.

    I remember reading about the program when it was first implemented. A reporter profiled an HIV-positive man who volunteered his time to advance the initiative. When it was passed, the advocate was aghast that the premiums would be “several hundred dollars a month” — and didn’t sign up. Even the public health advocates interviewed couldn’t understand why would someone like this man did not value coverage more than $4000 in annual income?

  4. H. James Prince says:

    On the closing high-risk pools:
    ““What we’ve learned through the course of this program is that this is really not a sensible way for the health-care system to be run,” Cohen said.”
    It only took them 2.6 Billion dollars to discover this.

  5. Gabriel Odom says:

    “Today, more African American men aged 20 to 34 without a high school diploma or GED are behind bars (37 percent) than are employed (26 percent).”

    What happened to the other 37 percent? If 25 percent are employed, and 37 are in prison, then the rest are unemployed? This is mind boggling.