New federally financed drug research reveals a stark disparity: children covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic medicines at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance. And the Medicaid children are more likely to receive the drugs for less severe conditions than their middle-class counterparts, the data shows.
jamzo Baseline Scenario:
while ferguson speaks of “... entitlements (including Medicare)... ”
he omits the noteworthy entitlements
the profit entitlements enjoyed by those who make their money from the illness of others
the entitlement of pharmaceutical pricing in the united states
the entitlement of employer sponsored healthcare
the insurance company entitlement in the small business and individual person insurance market
the patent protection entitlement accorded to pharmaceutical companies
the lack of regulation entitlement provided to health insurance commpany medical-loss ratios
... of the Medicare Actuary's report on the Senate Bill -- we'll be spending a tiny bit more and bending the cost curve -- is that by taking single payer off the table, we're leaving $350 billion in savings a year on the table. That doesn't show that single payer wasn't "politically feasible"; it shows that the legacy parties are completely broken and deserve to die.
Yes, the legacy parties -- led in this case by Kent Gregg (D) and Judd Conrad (R) -- really are out to loot Social Security and Medicare*, by setting up a board to do the cuts so Congress doesn't have to vote on them.
And that includes both legacy parties. Krugman:
It was truly amazing the way last week’s employment report was hailed by many people as a sign that our troubles are over.
No, it wasn't.
Anyway, I thought it might be useful to create a sort of benchmark for the level of job growth that would really count as good news.