Archive for August 15th, 2009
Caroline Baum, a columnist for Bloomberg News, had this to say in an August 12 column about health care reform:
Take the issue of a public option. How can the private insurance industry survive with a not-for-profit government plan charging a pittance?
Ms. Baum has overlooked some basic facts that would undermine this claim. Namely, in America, there are public universities competing with private universities, public hospitals competing with private hospitals, public libraries competing with private bookstores, and a public post office competing with private package delivery companies. To cite an even more obvious example, there are already public, not-for-profit government plans like Medicare competing with private insurers. Even in Europe, where most countries already offer universal public health coverage, private insurers still operate.
In none of these instances has the public alternative put private competitors out of business. Why on earth would this suddenly change if the U.S. Congress created a public health insurance option?
Dangerous Intersection is undergoing yet another face lift. I think I’ll have most of the bugs worked out within a few days, but the site is mostly functional already.
I really liked the ability to feature some of our articles (at the top section), but I didn’t like the sliding display. This new design by the same company (Solostream) uses a crossfade, which is much easier on the eyes. There are lots of other features as well, most of which will be invisible to readers but will make my life easier.
Anyway, thank you for your patience while we finish up implementing this new design, which is called “Prolific.”