Obamacare Broken Promises

The latest is the CBO estimate of over 2 million jobs lost, but it’s at the end of a long, corrupt list.

The hidden patterns in complex global disease dynamics : Outbreak Atlanta

Better video — it makes the spread comparison clearer (via io9)

Pandemic spread via effective distance

Brockmann and Helbing looked at all the flight connections and traffic patterns among the world’s 4000 airports. Instead of a globe, each airport is at the center of a ring, which depicts the shortest paths between that airport and everywhere else. Using this representation, you can see disease spread in a circular wave-front, they say, like ripples spreading outward from a pebble in a pond.

But the new circular representation is more than just a rearrangement of data. This geometry also provides some key insight: Contagion is dominated by the most likely paths between two places, not necessarily by other epidemiological factors. What’s more, the concentric circles allow simple prediction of where a wave will hit next, Brockmann explains. The videos, you can see a simulated pandemics spread from Atlanta as shown on a traditional map, and then how it appears in the concentric circle model. (via Popular Mechanics)

[T]he Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the Univer­sity of Washington created the massive database on which this graphic is based. Known as the Global Burden of Disease, it quantifies the incidence and impact of every conceiv­able illness and injury. (via Wired)

[T]he Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the Univer­sity of Washington created the massive database on which this graphic is based. Known as the Global Burden of Disease, it quantifies the incidence and impact of every conceiv­able illness and injury. (via Wired)

Barack Obama, June 15, 2009: “We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period.”

Barack Obama, September 9, 2009: “Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”

NBC News, October 29, 2013:  [M]illions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent [~7 to 10.5 million] of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

… Those getting the cancellation letters are often shocked and unhappy.

George Schwab, 62, of North Carolina, said he was “perfectly happy” with his plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield, which also insured his wife for a $228 monthly premium. But this past September, he was surprised to receive a letter saying his policy was no longer available. The “comparable” plan the insurance company offered him carried a $1,208 monthly premium and a $5,500 deductible.

And the best option he’s found on the exchange so far offered a 415 percent jump in premium, to $948 a month.

"The deductible is less," he said, "But the plan doesn’t meet my needs. Its unaffordable."

Charles Krauthammer, this week:  It’s precisely why historically centrally-planned economies don’t work. The Soviets had a plan for this much steel and this much concrete and it had no response to what was out there in the market and they overproduced. So, they had a lot of production numbers and they had an economy that was unworkable. Here these people are deciding if you’re a single male in your 60s, you don’t need the maternal care, you don’t — you’ve never smoked dope, you don’t need the substance abuse stuff. You want a catastrophic plan which is very rational, but Jay Carney is saying, you know, ‘you’re too stupid to understand what you want.’ Once you eliminate the market response, which is a lot of people decide I know what I want better than the bureaucrat and they’re eliminating this. That’s the essence of what’s happening and that’s why it’s not going to work.

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