Monthly Archives: December 2013

Another Audible on the ACA for the Obama Administration

Multiple sources are reporting that the Obama administration will soon be announcing a new exemption for the Affordable Care Act in the form of a letter from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. From Politico: The Obama administration intends to announce that … Continue reading

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Another Knock Against the NSA

Just days after a federal judge suggested that the NSA’s bulk data collection might be in violation of the fourth amendment, the New York Times reports that an outside panel has recommended to President Obama that the powers of the agency be … Continue reading

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The Mises Institute has just posted a condensed version of Mike Holly’s thesis on medical prices in the United States. I haven’t had time to read it (I’m hoping I’ll get to it tonight or tomorrow), but a quick skim …

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Fighting Facial Recognition Software with Fashion

This past Saturday, the New York Times ran an op-ed by Brooklyn artist Adam Harvey, “whose work addresses the impact of surveillance technologies.” Harvey, whose website sports a list of a number of similar articles in prominent periodicals, leads off the op-ed … Continue reading

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Thomas Pynchon’s New Novel, Anarcho-Capitalism, and Insurance Companies

For those readers who are unaware, Thomas Pynchon–author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity’s Rainbow, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, Inherent Vice, and, most recently, Bleeding Edge–is by far one of my favorite authors. In fact, he probably takes second place at the moment, … Continue reading

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A Note on Ezra Klein and Republican Health Care Hypocrisy

This past Thursday, Ezra Klein published an article in which he chastised Republicans for what he perceives to be hypocrisy when it comes to health policy. Klein pointed out that Republicans have been criticizing President Obama’s Affordable Care Act on … Continue reading

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Support for the ACA Steady Overall, but Falling Among Uninsured

In a brief article posted over at Politico this afternoon, Jose Delreal notes that the overall numbers behind President Obama’s Affordable Care Act haven’t changed much as a result of the bill’s unfortunate rollout. The Gallup survey has support for … Continue reading

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Caricaturing the Religious Opt-Out for the Affordable Care Act

Literally, that is. I came across this political cartoon from Politico’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Matt Wuerker on Twitter this evening: I think it’s clear from the cartoon alone but, based on the Twitter buzz, I’m fairly confident that this cartoon is … Continue reading

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The Chronicle: Our Climbing Health Care Costs

A slightly longer column than usual, for the Chronicle “Exam Break” issue, in which I talk about the price system and rising health care costs. Tweet

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Et Cetera – 8 December 2013

Earlier this week, I shared some thoughts concerning my skepticism surrounding the mandatory vaccination movement. Over at Reason, however, science correspondent Ronald Bailey makes his libertarian case for coercive vaccination.  The Massachusetts health marketplace, which President Obama pointed to in … Continue reading

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