Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

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  1. Laura says:

    “In acting out and being hard to control, they’re signaling the chaos in their environment,” Dr. Rappaport said.
    “Of course only some homes are like this — but if you have a family with domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, or a parent neglecting a 2-year-old, the kid might look impulsive or aggressive. And the parent might just want a quick fix, and the easiest thing to do is medicate. It’s a travesty.”

    I think this is key to understanding why more children on Medicaid are being given this treatment.

  2. Buster says:

    Zeke Emanuel thinks ObamaCare needs a Czar.

    I suspect Zeke also thinks that Czar should be him!

    There’s an old adage that’s often told to students in political science class. “The most efficient form of government is a competent, benevolent dictatorship…

    President Obama and his minions seem to adhere to that view. But, as the adage continues “… however, dictatorships rarely remain both competent and benevolent.”

    Despots generally argue that their authority is needed to remedy some injustice done to the downtrodden at the hands of the previous ruling party (or capitalists, or imperialists). Over time more and more edicts are forced on people in the name of good. Bad economic policies are perpetuated to remedy bad economic policies – until there’s little difference between the current ruler compared to the previous ones.

  3. Matthew says:

    “And the parent might just want a quick fix, and the easiest thing to do is medicate. It’s a travesty.”

    This is the mistake that likely occurs in many broken homes. I would like to see if there is a correlation between these toddlers and what the implications of the living environment is.

    • Thomas says:

      Well they did say that toddlers that are covered by Medicaid are far more likely to be treated to be medicated for this rather than toddlers covered by private insurance. Perhaps that is some indication.

  4. Andrew says:

    “Intentionally lying about income to boost your Obamacare tax credits could get you into hot water — $25,000 to $250,000 of hot water”

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the headline earlier this week about Obamacare recipients receiving more of a subsidy than they were eligible for.

    • Bill B. says:

      Instead of fining them, why don’t they just make them pay for their coverage without the subsidy?

      • Jay says:

        Because that’s too harsh of a punishment. You think anyone would pay full price for ObamaCare?

  5. Buddy says:

    “…a family of four would face an additional 13 percent implicit tax from the ACA if it raised its income from $35,300 to $47,100.”

    There is a good example of the whole “incentive to stay poor” thing that ObamaCare encourages.

    • Saul G. says:

      “Work is the essential ingredient in improving the lives of the poor and near-poor.”

      Well this is contrary to the idea that government assistance is the essential ingredient.

  6. Walter Q. says:

    “Surgery patients covered by Medicaid arrive at the hospital in worse health, experience more complications, stay longer and cost more than patients with private insurance”

    Probably because they tend to get lower quality primary care, or struggle to get primary care.

    • Buddy says:

      It is no surprise that Medicaid recipients tend to be less healthy than privately insured. The struggle to find a decent doctor and make it to the appointment is a hard enough climb.