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That'll do photo shoot. That'll do.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 11:20 AM
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The Ukranian kid scares me a little.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 11:40 AM
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OT: "Her insurance will pay through 11/15, so I guess we won't be releasing her today." Oh, okay, good to know this is child-focused treatment!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 12:21 PM
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I like Watcharapom.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 1:15 PM
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OT: What kind of bullshit is this?

As far as I can tell, the horribly named Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act means neutering everything the ACA is about. Why on earth is Merkley, in particular, on board with this? I'd have preferred that Bill Clinton kept his mouth shut on this, frankly. His latest statement that the law should be changed to allow people to keep their current plans is completely nonsensical.

Whew. I honestly didn't expect to be exercised overly much about something today, but this is absurd and idiotic.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 1:41 PM
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Eh, I'm not so worked up over it. I'm sure they won't be able to enroll new people in their shitty plans. It's just currently healthy people who don't realize how shitty their plans are. Then when the healthy people get sick, they can go on the exchange and get a real plan because yay, no denial of coverage.

It's stupid all around but not that big a deal, I think.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 1:54 PM
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2 hijacks in 5 posts! A new record!


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 1:56 PM
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5, 6: Isn't the really important thing about these laws that everyone knows none of them will pass?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:09 PM
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6: Eh? No, encouraging and allowing people to stay on their existing plans will drain people from the risk pool(s) in the exchange-mediated plans. It would lead to increased rates in exchange plans. It's a really, really bad idea, completely counter to the policy goals behind the ACA.

As I said, I have no idea why Merkley, and Bill Clinton, are behind such an idea.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:19 PM
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3: Insane. Sending good vibes your way.


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:19 PM
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8 to 9. Triangulation.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:21 PM
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10: Things are actually pretty good for the kiddo, just not so great on the hospital communication front. I'm off to visit and see if her teacher is on the approved list to visit yet, since she'll be staying longer.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:21 PM
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Look, one of the principal complaints of people with current coverage whose plans are being phased out is that they were previously able to purchase a sort of cafeteria plan: my plan didn't cover maternity care! Or it didn't cover contraception. Or prostate testing or whatever, which was fine, because I'd never need those things.

People who were buying those plans for less money liked the idea of a cafeteria-style menu. The ACA pretty much eradicates that option, by mandating a slate of essential benefits to be provided by all plans.

That's part of what's at issue here. The ACA argues that people have been snookered, badly, in the past by plans that didn't cover things they thought it would, so the ACA mandates a basic package. There could be tweaks, in future, to the basic package of essential benefits that are mandated. Sure. But as of now, a fix that allows people to stay on a cafeteria-style plan is a very big step backward.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:29 PM
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11: Charley, I have no idea what you mean by "triangulation" in this context. Is Bill Clinton (or Merkley) triangulating something or other? How? What??


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:34 PM
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No, encouraging and allowing people to stay on their existing plans will drain people from the risk pool(s) in the exchange-mediated plans.

It's the same insurance companies. The actual companies don't separate out their risk pools according to where someone signed up.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:37 PM
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What? They certainly charge different premiums according to where somebody signed up.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:38 PM
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I mean, they probably do, but it doesn't compromise the premise of Obamacare, the way it would have if the mandate had been struck down.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:39 PM
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Norden is a future Wolf Cub College student, for sure. Frog doll, homework, and a shy smile? That's practically on the application.


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:39 PM
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14: I think he means Clinton is splitting the difference between the Republicans and the administration, without necessarily paying close attention to the actual impact of the policy he's proposing. Clinton's fundamentally a campaigner more than a wonk.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:40 PM
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17 before seeing 16. Letting people keep their old shitty plans doesn't sabotage the part of universal coverage where you need healthy people participating.

Sure, people can stay on their old shitty plans, and those plans will gradually become extinct (oh gee, I want to have a baby, better get a new plan) instead of all at once.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:41 PM
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14 --Parsi, certain people have come to the conclusion that association with the ACA as sold and then implemented is a political liability. So they, or their husbands, are going around disassociating themselves with its implementation. They don't have to actually change the implementation to accomplish, completely, their goal of de-linking themselves to the negative aspects. They need only say 'it was a good idea, as the President explained it, but once I saw that it wasn't what he said it would be, I stepped up to fix it.'


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:42 PM
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20 makes sense, but it will take some years to kick in.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:42 PM
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Don't get me wrong, I think the "fix" is stupid. I'm just saying that it's not going to unravel everything.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:44 PM
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14: Obama doesn't need to worry about being reelected -- these Senators do. By supporting these bills they can insulate themselves from some possible lines of attack. As for Bill Clinton -- I'm not sure if he's trying to help his spouse, or just being a dick.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:44 PM
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Knowing what I know about Wolf Cub College, I want to make gentle love to 18. Also, if it turns out that the ACA dies because of some toxic combination of Barack Obama's staggering incompetence, Bill Clinton's meddlesome triangulation, the American people's profound ignorance, and the GOP's obstructionism, that would represent the perfect coda to my love-hate relationship with politics.


Posted by: Von Wafer | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:46 PM
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Someone said recently - maybe Stormcrow? - that the basic problem is that if you don't realize you've got shitty coverage until you need it, and so all these healthy people don't realize how awful their plans are.

Meanwhile my yearly deductible is going up to 2K. (From 1K, I think.)


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 2:46 PM
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19, 21: I see.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 3:07 PM
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I'm paying for a gold-plated health plan. I really should go get my many problems fixed.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 3:09 PM
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I have shitty dental insurance, but I think I will probably get a crown before I go see a doctor.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 3:13 PM
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I'm probably going to enroll in a gold plan, because I actually use my insurance coverage. Luckily I'll qualify for a subsidy, so even a gold-level plan will save me many bucks over what I currently pay.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 3:20 PM
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30: Can you find a reporter to do a story about you? Seriously!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 3:23 PM
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I will probably get a crown before I go see a doctor.

This is America, Moby: dressing up like royalty isn't going to get the doctor to treat you special.


Posted by: potchkeh | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 3:28 PM
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31: Um. I think I'm representative of a lot of people. Where would you want to see reporting on the benefits of the ACA? Realize I'm in a state that's not part of the federal exchange(s) that are having so much trouble. I'm happy to write to MD-specific outlets with my story.

Most of the people who are complaining about things aren't eligible for a subsidy, so my case doesn't really apply.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 3:39 PM
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15: If they're paying premiums based on good health status, or leaving out various benefits, then they're not participating sufficiently to cross-subsidize.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 4:13 PM
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Today I paid a moderately annoying amount of money out-of-pocket for a CAT scan ordered by a doctor my dentist referred me to. I'm confused about whether insurance will reimburse any of it, or if I was supposed to get my primary care physician to refer me to the same person my dentist referred me to in order for my insurance to be okay with it, or what. Anyway, I blame Obama.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 5:13 PM
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Hey Minivet you see the rolling jubilee story?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 5:25 PM
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I should probably just send heebert a guest post.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 5:25 PM
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Yes, but I'm curious what happened with the people trying to figure out their finances and organization.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 5:49 PM
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This is the best thing I've seen in ages.

http://the-toast.net/2013/11/13/gifts-giving-tree/

The Giving Tree gives, but not for free. Never for free.
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Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 5:53 PM
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38: I don't know which people those are. Yves Smith?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 6:00 PM
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39: That is really excellent.


Posted by: torrey pine | Link to this comment | 11-13-13 6:39 PM
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39: Mom?

Yeah, that's very good.


Posted by: Awl | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 2:27 AM
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39 is indeed good and I've never even read The Giving Tree. Very SCP-ish.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 3:27 AM
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I have shitty dental insurance, but I think I will probably get a crown before I go see a doctor.

Is this just a very proud-American-republican way of saying "over my dead body"?


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 4:34 AM
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I'm impressed by how much of 39 is word for word from the original book. Not much at all had to be added.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 5:16 AM
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That was such a shitty book. Hard to believe the guy who wrote it wrote good songs.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 6:05 AM
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Random pointless question: Who is/was more of a neoliberal president, Barack Obama or Bill Clinton?

P.S. I am annoyed at the incompetency of Obamacare's rollout, but I am more annoyed that Democrats are abandoning ship. Stick it out, suck it up, and don't apologize for nothing. Some people are whining because their shit plans got cancelled and they're not allowed to be underinsured. Explain that loudly and clearly during every commercial break. Point out that if health insurance costs more than 9% (or whatever) of your income, you get a subsidy. If you were already paying less, then be grateful you got a good deal (temporarily, for you), and recognize you're getting a better one now. No matter how crappy or poorly rolled out it was, Obamacare is far better than the SQ or anything the Republicans were offering (Poor Houses? Dying in the Streets? Faith Healing?) Democrats need to be shouting that from the rooftops. Then channel the anger at insurance companies into a fight for single payer healthcare. Democrats need to go on the progressive offensive, and I think there's enough popular support in the country for that to work. Unfortunately the Dem establishment is ruled by a corrupt plutocracy which is economically to the Right of any Republican before Reagan, so that won't happen. Time to primary the likes of Feinstein et. al. from the Left, and see if we can't put the fear of Jesus Marx into them.

Time for some whiskey.


Posted by: Britta | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 7:26 AM
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Re: 39, the Toast in general and Mallory Ortberg in particular are so, so great. Everyone should read her!


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 7:43 AM
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46: I think it's evidence that good comedy is written by really strange, messed-up people. Shel Silverstein being clever is magic. Shel Silverstein opening his heart to be meaningful and touching makes a sane person think "Oh, please close that thing back up and write me something else brittle and funny."


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 8:53 AM
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49: And that certainly works the other way around much of the time.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 8:57 AM
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I have a good working relationship with the provost and my chair, and separate responsibilities to both of them.

Is it bonkers to send a joint email that says "Uh, guys, I've reached the level of my incompetence*. I'm not sure where to cut back, but can you guys help me figure out where I can reduce my workload?"


*I really have. I'm telling people the wrong dates, forgetting deadlines that are right there in my calendar, generally dropping the ball. Trying to do too much when I'm too tired.

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Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 8:59 AM
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Being overcommitted is not the same as reaching your level of incompetence. You have the skills to do all the jobs you have said you would do, you just don't have the energy.

Also, telling your boss you are overcommitted is a way easier thing to do.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:04 AM
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Huh. I just had a conversation with a junior attorney telling her to yell for help when she saw that kind of trouble on the distant horizon, rather than toughing it out until she was actually screwing things up -- it'd be easier for me to manage her workload with more lead time rather than only hearing about a problem at the last minute. But I felt comfortable telling her that because she'd be complaining to me, and I trust me not to hold it against her unfairly, if you see what I mean.

I guess I'd do it orally, rather than in an email, and anything in writing I wouldn't be jocularly self-deprecatory, if you see what I mean.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:04 AM
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Also, it might just be that time of the semester. I feel like my brain is going to dribble out my ears.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:04 AM
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And exactly what rob said. Don't tell people you're incompetent, tell them you're overloaded. Very different.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:05 AM
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Ok, good advice. So I can speak up about this.

It's true that it's definitely that time of the semester, though.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:07 AM
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If you see what I mean see what I mean what I mean I mean. And I get paid to write.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:11 AM
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By the word!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:11 AM
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Haha. I noticed over the past month that I've started incorporating "if you see what I mean" into my speech/writing and every time I realize that I'm adopting LB-speak. But it is a really great phrase for entreating someone to cooperate with your point of view.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:22 AM
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Buck's got a freelance writer working for him who is also a hippie-type-therapist, who is very big on what sensory metaphors you use meaning a lot for the success or failure of communication. Someone who says "if you see what I mean" talking to someone who says "I hear you" is going to have problems. This sounds largely like horseshit to me, but I do notice it now (and notice that while most people have a strongly preferred sensory metaphor, I don't think I do, I'm all over the map.)


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:26 AM
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Smell you later, 60.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:27 AM
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I have a friend who says, "I'm picking up what you're putting down." I like that one, but don't say it often.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:35 AM
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For real, I say "Smells wrong" or "Smells off" all the time.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:35 AM
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Feels like teen spirit.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:35 AM
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What does horseshit sound like?


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:35 AM
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Sounds like hot, stinkin' trouble on the horizon.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11-14-13 9:38 AM
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