Obama’s Magical Mystery Tour of Health Care Savings – Megan McArdle

Obama’s Magical Mystery Tour of Health Care Savings – Megan McArdle

This is all very well as political theater; politicians convene never-never working groups all the time. But, being perhaps too cynical, I suspect that the announced plan to save $2 trillion is going to be used to sell Obama’s healthcare plan as if we’d already found it. Then when oh, darn, the SEIU doesn’t agree to hold down wages or eliminate jobs, and pharma ratchets up the average price it charges the private sector to make sure it doesn’t lose too much on its mandatory Medicaid discounts, etc, well, we’ll all just have to dig into our pockets to pay for it, won’t we?

Well, now that the economists are on board, full speed ahead!

Anybody Wanna Buy A Bridge? « WhiteCoat’s Call Room

Anybody Wanna Buy A Bridge? « WhiteCoat’s Call Room

What he said. The Devil’s in the Details.

Little Rock Baptist Celebrates 25 Years of their Helo Service

I know the doc in Green. He’s a med school chum, an occasional commenter, and hasn’t gained a pound since medical school. Nice toupee, BTW.

I put it below the fold, because I cannot get it to stop the auto-run.

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What ED’s look like

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So typical a colleague remarked on it.

Before and After of a face transplant

Good for her

Dexter Season 3

now available on iTunes.

See you in a few days.

China’s ultimatum: smoke or be fined | Weird True Freaky | News.com.au

China’s ultimatum: smoke or be fined | Weird True Freaky | News.com.au
OFFICIALS in a county in central China have been told to smoke nearly a quarter million packs of locally made cigarettes annually or risk being fined, state media reports.

“The regulation will boost the local economy via the cigarette tax,” said Chen Nianzu, a member of the Gong’an cigarette market supervision team, according to the paper.

Stimulating local business, increasing tax revenues. Additionally, early deaths mean fewer on retirement. Sounds like the perfect amoral economists’ scheme.

How to ameliorate flu panic

Flu developments | Fort Worth | Star-Telegram.com
Only a fraction of the nearly 2,500 nasal swabs sent to the state health department lab have been tested. The Austin lab had tested 181 of the 2,492 nasal swabs received from counties around the state by Friday. The lab’s single testing machine was overwhelmed Wednesday.

Don’t test the swabs. Then the count doesn’t go up when everybody’s twitchy.

I’m Seven today

Nearly missed my own blog birthday.

Seven years of nothingness in the internet wilderness.

Thanks for reading!

SciGuy: Want to sell more fries? Put salads on the menu

SciGuy: Want to sell more fries? Put salads on the menu

From the annals of unintuitive results…

Flu and Pooh « WhiteCoat’s Call Room

Flu and Pooh « WhiteCoat’s Call Room

Heh.

Swine Flu / H1N1 is an email virus

To paraphrase a friend, ‘swine flu is definitely an email virus’.

As someone who is getting a lot (and certainly not all) of the internal emails about ED planning, preparation, CDC recommendations, State Health Department memos, it certainly seems like it.

We’ve certainly had more meetings about swine flu than cases of it. Let’s hope it stays that way.