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December 2009



Fear of Socialism

December 22, 2009 – Comments (60)

Republicans Sam Brownback and Michele Bachmann recently held a prayercast asking the Good Lord to kill healthcare and the evil socialist spirit it would bring to America.  [more]



Disastrous News.

December 21, 2009 – Comments (28) | RELATED TICKERS: UNH , ANTM , AET

These fears are well-grounded. The various health-care proposals represent atrocious legislation. To be sure, they would provide insurance to 30 million or more Americans by 2019. People would enjoy more security. But even these gains must be qualified. Some of the newly insured will get healthier, but how many and by how much is unclear. The uninsured now receive 50 to 70 percent as much care as the insured. The administration argues that today's system has massive waste. If so, greater participation in the waste by the newly insured may not make them much better off.   [more]



Allianz ag - Risk Assessment of 2 Degree Increase in Global Temp

December 20, 2009 – Comments (2)

It seems the financial risk of global warming will be paid, whether or not global warming continues.  [more]



A History of Sowing Doubt

December 19, 2009 – Comments (0)

Because that is all it really takes. It is worth one hour, IMHO.  [more]



Dec 16th, 1773

December 16, 2009 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: E , IN.DL , DIA





December 12, 2009 – Comments (18)

Johann Hari   [more]



Healthcare Answer for fmahnke

December 10, 2009 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: UNH , ANTM , AET

Health insurance is basically a profitable business model, although far too complicated for me to analyse individually. I have made choices based upon the recommendations of the TMF (UNH), Legg Mason, (AET) and Fairholme funds (WLP).
I am long the larger players in the sector because they have helped write healthcare reform policy. There is almost nothing bad for their business models in the proposals moving through Congress. The only prce controls being talked about expire before 2011 if they even get included.
Medicare for low income people might be expanded to include age 50 and above. This group (older and low income) is relatively expensive and shifting their burden onto taxpayers through medicare will not hurt insurers. Medicare is fast becoming a Federally subsidized for profit industry. Mandated and taxpayer subsidized insurance for more Americans will also help insurers because the insurers set the premiums to be profitable weather the new enrolees are young and healthy or not. The loss of premiums during the economic downturn is also a good thing for insurers because they have collected the premiums and are now free of the liability. As people get back insurance it will be at higher individual premiums or higher employer backed premiums.
On the expense side the difference between what insurers pay Doctors and what those Doctors would like to be paid is only growing. It is not collusion, it is just using the same programs.
They are the financial gatekeepers of 8% of GDP and growing.  [more]



FOX News Suicide Watch

December 09, 2009 – Comments (16)

Speak to your audience.   [more]



Thurgood Marshall Academy Foolanthropy Post

December 06, 2009 – Comments (24)

Good Morning Fools,  [more]




December 05, 2009 – Comments (13)

How the greenhouse works, the difference between global warming and climate change, why a little CO2 means a lot, the carbon cycle and why speed matters, the relative power of volcanos, how big a deal three gigatons is, and more.  [more]



Annie Leonard Strikes Again

December 01, 2009 – Comments (8)

She understands that Global Warming is real and she agrees with David in Qatar that Cap and Trade is a scam.   [more]

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