Obamacare Is Just Like the Swiss Health System – minus all the good stuff

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 3:05 pm

The similarities between the two systems are mostly superficial, both mandate people buy individual insurance. The differences, though, are huge. Obamacare is basically the Swiss system with all the important rules that make it work properly removed.

 

Lawyer for Edward Snowden: Positive Developments in Switzerland But Issues Still Remain

By: Saturday September 13, 2014 8:05 am

The attorney general of Switzerland did a review of whether National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden would have to be extradited to the United States if he came to the country to testify as part of an inquiry into NSA surveillance. He concluded that Snowden would be safe from extradition, however, “upper-level government commitments” might [...]

2015 Exchanges: More Insurers, But Will That Make Things Better?

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 2:35 pm

In the states where we have information so far, the number of insurers offering policies on the new Affordable Care Act exchanges will go up next year according to Advisory.com. A big example is New Hampshire which will go from just one insurer on the exchange this year to possibly five next year.

Universal Basic Income – A Swiss Case Study

By: Saturday December 14, 2013 7:52 am

Inequality is all the rage, with even Obama resurrecting his campaign themes from 2008 to raise the issue to prominence once again. But few concrete and serious proposals are getting aired in the US or in the EU, apart from the standard – and unhelpful – ‘deregulation’, ‘welfare reform’, ‘education’ suggestions.

Heavy Metal in Latin: Arxplendida, Swiss Entry to Eurovision Song Contest

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 6:47 pm

Latin nerds and metal heads may clash in the schoolyard, but damn, they rock in combo.

Syria Watch, Sept 12 – Let’s Ask Kissinger, He Knows Everything

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 10:15 am

Ben Cardin, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said a vote could happen in the Senate “as early as next week” on a backdoor AUMF being crafted by John McCain’s “Gang of 8.” It would give the President the authorization to take military action if certain conditions are not met. (Don’t sleep yet.) Since members of Congress are still declaring their support/opposition to the use of military force in Congress, we’re going to keep tracking them. We’ll be updating this post with Syria news throughout the day.

Why Insurance Exchanges Won’t Work: People Don’t Like Choosing Insurance

By: Monday April 29, 2013 10:20 am

One of the big reasons I’m so pessimistic about the new health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act is the principle behind them. The idea is that everyone will be well informed dedicated shoppers who will know how to select the best plan to fit their needs, which will reduce cost for everyone. Aflac’s 2013 WorkForces Report shows how deeply misguided this assumption is in reality.

Lakeside Diner

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

US Health Care Still Radically More Expensive Yet Not More Effective

By: Thursday May 3, 2012 9:50 am

The issue is not that Americans are dramatically unhealthier than the rest of the world, we actually have a relatively young population. The issue is not that we are using too much care, we use comparatively little. The problem is not that our payment model inherently makes spending higher. The simple problem is that our government, unlike almost all other first world governments, allows health care companies with incredible market power to rip off both public and private consumers. If we want to bring down costs the answer is simple, we need to adopt one of the standardized price control systems proven to be effective in the rest of the first world.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nicholas Shaxson, Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World

By: Saturday April 30, 2011 1:59 pm

Treasure Islands tells us that tax havens are much larger and much more destructive than most might realize, yet at the same time enjoy much more unofficial and formal support from governments in advanced economies than many of us want to believe.

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