Here is a man who aggressively tried to shop around but the hospital, which has way more power and knowledge, was able to bring in a surprise out-of-network doctor while they guy was unconscious. Smart shopping around for health care would be hard enough given its complexity even if every provider was an angel. It is impossible when the system is actively trying to screw people.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 22, 2014 11:17 am|
|By: cocktailhag Thursday September 18, 2014 8:00 pm|
There are many reasons to loathe the New York Times: its columnists, its obsequious wealth porn, its egregious bias toward Israel, its “view from nowhere” political coverage, and on and on. But until it sends a reporter out to analyze your own home town, it can sometimes escape you that it is utterly incapable of getting ANYTHING right.
|By: DSWright Thursday September 18, 2014 12:40 pm|
With an increasing number of Americans distrustful of the mainstream media you would think the establishment would try to be on their best behavior. Not so. As was revealed late last week, numerous members of the establishment press attended an off-the-record session with President Obama to help him sell the Syrian war to the American people. Though first noted by the New York Times, it was the Huffington Post that actually named names and revealed that over a dozen writers attended the meeting and represented most of the major corporate media interests in DC.
While such underhanded behavior was a shock to few who understand the incestuous relationship between the mainstream media and those in power, the mask rarely comes off to such a degree.
|By: DSWright Wednesday September 10, 2014 7:49 am|
President Obama’s Syria Speech on September 10th, 2013. Now that the public has been subjected to a shock and awe terror campaign by the media, ISIS has become the new existential threat in the public mind that must be destroyed or we’re all gonna die. Consequently, President Obama now feels he has enough public support [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday August 29, 2014 10:09 am|
The much touted goal of “consumer driven” health care ends up being people struggling alone through an incredibly complex set of rules and fighting with a private insurance industry that has every incentive to make the rules as confusing as possible so you end up paying more than you should. Over at the New York Times, Charles Ornstein has a good story about getting his child’s prescription filled. What makes great is how boring common this is.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 26, 2014 1:17 pm|
While New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is still the big favorite to win both the primary and the general election, he received a powerful rebut Tuesday when the New York Time editorial board choose not to endorse anyone in the Democratic primary.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday August 16, 2014 7:51 am|
As a result of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times, President Barack Obama’s administration has released the first memo authored by federal appeals court judge and former Office of Legal Counsel lawyer David Barron to justify the killing of US citizen and terrorism suspect Anwar al-Awlaki.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday August 11, 2014 3:20 pm|
There is no indication that the Justice Department will not pursue testimony for its leak prosecution against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, and, as a result, fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists have come forward to declare their support for Risen in his fight against revealing information from his confidential sources.
The government has pursued testimony from Risen for well over six years.
|By: DSWright Monday August 11, 2014 8:54 am|
We all knew this day would come. With the latest spinoff by Gannett of its extensive newspaper portfolio expected to be completed by the end of 2015, it now appears finance capital has written off the newspaper industry. On some level this was inevitable given the movement of advertising from print to the web, but [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 5, 2014 11:04 am|
As part of its editorial series on marijuana legalization, the New York Times offered several suggestions for how states should regulate it. Most of it closely mirrors my predictions in After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy. There was one suggestion, though, which was a big mistake. They call for a complete ban on letting growers sell directly to consumers.