Affordable Care Act Pay-for-Performance Provisions Begin

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 6:50 am

The simple fact is we have a price problem, not an overuse problem. The main source of our cost problem is that we allow hospitals, doctors, drug companies, and labs to charge radically higher prices than any other country. Programs to marginally reduce the amount of care people need could help, but it doesn’t even touch the 800 pound gorilla in the room.

Three Polls Confirm the Presidential Race Is Extremely Close

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 7:27 am

Three national polls out today all confirm that the Presidential race still remains extremely close. The Fox News poll is the best for Obama, showing him with a four point lead. In the NPR poll, Obama leads Romney by just two points; but the CBS News/New York Time poll finds Romney actually ahead by a single point.

Imagine a Nuclear-Free California (It’s Already Here)

By: Friday April 27, 2012 11:05 am

California has two nuclear power plants. San Onofre, between Los Angeles and San Diego, has been offline for months as everyone tries to find an excuse for the alarmingly rapid wear on new reactor tubing. (Being shut down, however, did not prevent a fire from breaking out this week when a pipe ruptured and released radioactive steam.)

But as of Thursday, Diablo Canyon, the nuclear plant to the north, is also offline–thanks to. . . uh, salp?

The Cost of Health Care in Europe: The Debut of Professional Wrestling on NPR

By: Monday April 2, 2012 7:15 pm

National Public Radio told listeners that, “Like the U.S., Europe Wrestles With Health Care.” If the wrestling in Europe is anything like the U.S., then we must be talking about professional wrestling. (“Hit him over the head with a chair!”)

NPR Does Fluff Piece for Private Equity

By: Friday January 13, 2012 7:45 am

Private equity companies absolutely do not have to increase the value of a company to make a profit. They can end up making a profit on their investment even if they take the company into bankruptcy and leave it much worse off than it was before the takeover.

Regular People Not “Experts” Are Right About Health Care Cost Problem

By: Monday October 24, 2011 12:10 pm

A poll of Massachusetts residents found that regular people in Massachusetts understand why their health care is so extremely expensive. It’s because they have to pay too much for drugs, insurance and hospital care, compared to what other nations pay.

Unable to Get Simeone Fired, NPR Drops “World of Opera”

By: Saturday October 22, 2011 11:00 am

Lisa was told to be on a phone call with NPR and WDAV Thursday morning, but NPR canceled the call without telling her, as she waited by the phone. NPR’s Anna Christopher Bross tells me that NPR spoke with WDAV about how to handle Simeone.

NPR Gets Radio Host Fired for Occupying

By: Thursday October 20, 2011 8:50 am

National Public Radio on Wednesday discovered that a woman named Lisa Simeone who produced a show about opera called “World of Opera” had been participating in a nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., organized by That same day, NPR persuaded a company for which Simeone worked to fire her, cutting her income in half and purging from the so-called public airwaves a voice that had never mentioned politics on NPR.

The Chicago White Sox Sunday Defeat Sent Stock Market Tumbling: It Wasn’t the Debt Downgrade

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 8:20 am

Time to beat up on really really bad news reporting. The stock market doesn’t tell people why it does what it does. We have commentators who bloviate on what they think caused the market to rise or fall, but they don’t really know and they could be completely wrong.

Sunday Late Night: Rabbit Havoc

By: Sunday April 24, 2011 8:01 pm

But meet and shake hands with this Evil Bun? No thanks.

Video don’t lie. Ask ACORN. Ask Shirley Sherrod. Ask NPR.

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