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  • texan99 commented on the blog post Not Even Thomas Duncan’s Fiancee Contracted Ebola

    2014-10-20 11:34:06View | Delete

    We’re probably too worried about casual contact early in the disease and too complacent about the slightest contact late in the disease, to judge from the fact that Duncan’s family didn’t get it but one Spanish and two American nurses did (not to mention 11 doctors from MSF). While the specialist hospitals like Emory have a perfect record so far, there are only about a dozen such “strict isolation” beds in American hospitals. It would be a really good idea to make sure that we keep the Ebola cases down to a strict minimum, no more than can be treated at one time in the specialist hospitals. If we do that, the outbreak will turn out to have been no big deal. If we play fast and loose in a lot of mediocre hospitals, we’ll have big trouble fast. Non-specialist hospitals seems to think Level 2 precautions will do the trick. Emory et al. use Level 4 precautions. We’ve seen which works and which doesn’t.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post Affordable Care Act Is Not Working Better Than Anyone Expected

    2014-10-09 14:33:12View | Delete

    So a big explanation for why the goals for reducing the ranks of the uninsured is that too many states didn’t expand Medicaid, as expected? That sounds like saying that the ACA’s goal was to insure lots more people through Medicaid, not through reforming the insurance market by eliminating the pre-existing-condition problem.

    Not really how it was sold.

  • texan99 commented on the diary post Nixon’s Treason Now Acknowledged by David Swanson.

    2014-08-08 09:15:11View | Delete

    “I’ll have more flexibility after the election.”

    In light of the IRS scandal, can you really continue to see this sort of thing as a Republican issue? It should raise alarms about the need to limit the size and power of government.

  • All this manufactured hysteria over the ‘Ebola’ crap and so many other absurd, crappy, and deranged, panic inducing ‘news’ is part of an extreme right push to steal the Senate this November. A careful analysis of the far right ‘news’ reveals a very clear effort to portray President Barack Obama as not only a failure, but [...]

  • texan99 commented on the diary post Guess Who Cheers When Cease-Fires Collapse by David Swanson.

    2014-08-01 18:20:21View | Delete

    Exactly. And in this conflict, it’s always one side that breaks it.

  • texan99 commented on the diary post Freedom, Money & Control by joe shikspack.

    2014-07-22 08:37:28View | Delete

    So money is violence, but taking money away from people to redistribute it is not?

  • texan99 commented on the diary post MMT’s job guarantee: oasis or mirage? by danps.

    2014-06-01 11:40:52View | Delete

    Work becomes a CHOICE, like everything else in life

    Now you’re talking my language. Do I get a choice about chipping in my taxes to pay your salary for not working?

  • texan99 commented on the blog post The Power of the Term “Global Warming”

    2014-05-27 19:56:25View | Delete

    I’ve read of people committing suicide in some countries because they get so terrified of global warming. To produce that sort of passionate reaction requires a good media strategy and America’s just really hasn’t been very effective.

    Do you listen to yourself?

  • texan99 commented on the diary post Like the McCarthy era, except for everything by danps.

    2014-04-13 20:17:48View | Delete

    I wonder if you have any conception how many people now just tune you out as soon as the word “race” escapes your lips?–People who used to be sympathetic on the issue, too, but are now completely burned out by increasingly ridiculous and contorted accusations. Racism was and is a serious problem, but you’ve seemingly [...]

  • texan99 commented on the diary post What’s Life Like in Your Town? by wendydavis.

    2014-04-10 07:12:19View | Delete

    Fringes of the Eagle Ford Shale country here. Lots of jobs, housing stable. The winter was a little colder than usual, but not problematic. Taxes all moderate with the exception of school district ad valorems. Strong volunteer spirit.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post US Appeals Court Upholds Texas Harsh New Abortion Law

    2014-03-27 19:48:56View | Delete

    So you object to that part of the law, too?

    It’s just that it doesn’t seem to be getting much press. All the focus is on the nearby-admitting-privileges restrictions. Isn’t the ban on late-term abortions troubling to all of you, too? — Or does it not seem particularly harmful, given that so few late-term abortions are performed anyway?

  • texan99 commented on the blog post US Appeals Court Upholds Texas Harsh New Abortion Law

    2014-03-27 16:01:20View | Delete

    You mention the nearby-admitting-privileges restriction but not the prohibition on late-term abortions. I’m curious what the view here is on the latter.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post What We Actually Learned from the Florida Special Election

    2014-03-12 13:32:17View | Delete

    Of course the Democrats aren’t going to take back the House. The real question is whether they’re going to lose the Senate. I doubt it, but it’s looking iffier than I ever would have thought possible last summer, before Obamacare crashed and burned in such spectacular fashion.

  • I’ve worked with many grindingly poor immigrants who never go near junk food. They stick to cheap peasant food, just as poor people all over the rest of the world do. They’re missing many things in their lives, but nourishing food isn’t one of them. Calories are easier for them here than in their countries [...]

  • texan99 commented on the blog post Millennials Are Liberal but Not Democrats

    2014-03-07 10:52:01View | Delete

    The millennials are ripe for capture by someone like Rand Paul.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post No, the GOP Did Not Take a 50th Vote to Repeal Obamacare

    2014-03-06 11:36:28View | Delete

    I agree: I would have to conclude that Pres. Obama has taken a significant step (really a series of steps) to repeal his signature law.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post Phil Robertson’s Happy Happy Happy Day

    2013-12-29 15:08:41View | Delete

    Do you honestly think Phil Robertson judges the behavior of his misspent youth any more harshly than you do? If so, you’re getting all your information about him third-hand. He speaks about that part of his life often, and without any sort of rose-colored glasses. He describes his younger self as a drunk, miserable jerk who nearly lost his wife and children. At least one of his sons and one of his grandsons has been quite open about weathering a similar crisis in young adulthood.

    There’s a lot about Phil Robertson for you guys to hate. He’s extremely uncompromising in his fundamentalist views. You don’t have to make up anything about him to disapprove of.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post Investing and Dementia

    2013-12-29 14:56:56View | Delete

    Almost all the elderly members of my family have controlled their finances until their deaths, without encountering any disasters. Two members handed over control to someone else at just about the time we’d otherwise have had to consider some kind of guardianship proceeding.

    It’s easy to assume that the elderly are incapable of handling their own decisions, but there are guardianship procedures for relieving them of that responsibility if the situation truly warrants a remedy so extreme. I think it’s a mistake to assume that we younger members of society are automatically qualified to make better decisions on behalf of our elderly relatives and neighbors.

  • texan99 commented on the blog post Few Think Affordable Care Act Has Improved Their Lives

    2013-11-27 20:58:52View | Delete

    Some bright soul at a hospital figured out it would save the hospital money to buy qualified Obamacare coverage for their sickest, poorest patients and have the hospital pay the premiums itself. After all, these are very needy people, the very ones the new law is supposed to help. They’re in dire straits and probably can’t afford the premiums. And it would be very wrong to deny coverage to these desperate patients merely because they’re sick, right?

    No, the Obama administration and insurers are up in arms about the proposal, because it will upset the balance of the risk pools, dumping all those expensive sick people in.


    So if sick people can scrape up many thousands of dollars a year to buy exchange insurance, that’s OK with the White House. If they can get subsidies from taxpayers and not pay anything out of pocket, that’s OK with the White House. But if hospitals pay the premiums, even if it saves the hospitals money overall, that’s terrible, because then sick people will pour into the exchanges and get covered at last. Weren’t the sick people who couldn’t otherwise get insured the whole point of this exercise? Wasn’t it a terrible problem that poor, sick people were dumping their problems on hospitals via EMTALA and leaving the taxpayers holding the bag?

  • Well, I was surprised and unhappy about the news, too. But it’s hardly a unique story. Haven’t you been following the news of the hundreds of thousands of people who are getting cancellation notices as we approach the 12-31-13 deadline for compliance with the new mandates? And HHS has been warning us for years that high-deductible policies were in the crosshairs.

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