July 9, 2012 2 Comments
So, as much as I enjoy blogging, I enjoy relaxing at the beach more. Nonetheless, I do feel compelled to at least link to the items I would’ve blogged about in a non-vacation week. So, here ya go…
1) Male physicians make more money than female physicians even in similar specialties with similar resumes (though still significant, the gap is smaller when adjusting for differences in hours worked, etc.).
2) Under all the good news of the Supreme Court upholding the ACA lets not forget that a majority found that it was not Constitutional under the commerce clause. They were wrong (both links involve conservative judges explaining why).
3) Great 4th of July column from EJ Dionne on the utter intellectual bankruptcy of the “original intent” notion of Constitutional interpretation.
4) The problem with US health care is it is monstrously inefficient. Unlike in most things, free markets don’t actually work to solve the problem in the health care marketplace, as Fareed Zakaria writes. (And I think it pretty obvious from my 3 charts on health care post).
5) In general, Canada has a good health care system, but as OECD countries go, they are particularly poor on wait times. Hence, anytime health care opponents start talking about Canadian wait times, you know they are just cherry-picking the most (un)favorable international comparison.
6) Pretty funny Mitt’s verbal gymnastics on the mandate as penalty vs. tax.
7) NC Republicans over-turned the Governor’s veto of fracking with lax regulation because an environmentalist Democrat actually pressed the wrong button on her vote. Normally, members have the opportunity to fix their vote, but Republicans wanting victory at any cost, denied the member the opportunity. How is that not just completely wrong? Seriously.
8) The science of temper tantrums via NPR. We see plenty of these these days. Short version– there’s nothing you can do to help your child get over it faster, so just let it burn itself out as quickly as possible.
9) Yes, in a “ripped from the Onion” worthy headline, the Republican party of Texas has decided to oppose “critical thinking” from being taught in Texas schools. You just cannot make this stuff up.
10) Nice piece on one of my favorite topics– the fact that your body is really much more an interdependent ecosystem of human and bacteria than just a single organism. Yet more mention of fecal transplants– and some good news– scientists are working on ways to get this kind of bacterial transplant benefit without the absurdly high gross factor.