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[#] Thu Oct 17 2013 23:29:45 EDT from Sig

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Assessing the Exchanges
by Yuval Levin
October 17, 2013

Over the last few days, I have spoken in some detail about the
state of the federal Obamacare exchanges with several officials of the
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (the HHS agency that is
running the exchanges), and with a number of reasonably well placed
insurance company officials in Washington. The picture they paint of how
the rollout of the exchanges has gone is similar in its broad strokes to
what has emerged in other reports in recent days, so I don.t think I.ll
be breaking much news here, though some of the details have (I think)
not been reported. For what it.s worth, I offer below the basics of what
they had to say and some reflections on its implications. This is a long
post, with apologies, but I thought some of the particulars would be of


about halfway through and I'm reasonably horrified. While I'm
ideologically opposed to many aspects of the scheme, at a core level I
don't actually WANT my government to fail this dramatically at something
so terribly important to so many people; I just expect it. If you'd
asked me to make detailed, cynical predictions about what it would look
like when Government took over the health care industry, it would be a
lot like this article.

[#] Sat Dec 07 2013 08:24:21 EST from dothebart

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nice stories.

however, i've kept my weight... but maybe more muscles, less fat..


[#] Sat Dec 07 2013 22:00:24 EST from Shazam

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If you're exchaning muscle for fat, then really don't spend time worrying about the weight numbers. Worrying about the number of pounds or kilos has its place, sure, but I've seen too many people talk about gaining weight because they dranks a huge glass of water or stripping naked to weigh themselves so the number will be smaller. Wearing clothes and drinking water are not unhealthy, but obsessing about the number sure sounds like it is.
Not saying you're doing that, dothebart, just sort of ranting.

[#] Sun Dec 08 2013 04:17:38 EST from dothebart

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well, in fact I never was that tall as any of them.

Its just the drag which stresses me uphill, and helps me speed up incredibly downhills ;-)

[#] Tue Dec 10 2013 16:59:10 EST from triLcat

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I think the best measure of whether you're fat or not is to stand up straight, suck in your gut, and see what you can wrap your fingers around. If it's more than a handful... well, I'm swimming a lot (2.5 km per swim 2-3/week), so I hope it'll get better.

[#] Wed Dec 11 2013 10:25:47 EST from Shazam

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Swimming is good. I think everyone needs to find the exercise that works best for them, then go for it.
I know it's "boring" but I love the treadmill in the mornings for the fact that I don't have to get dressed, certainly not to go out in any weather, I don't have to worry about walking on the streets and get honked at by obnoxious drivers. I once had a car drive real close to the sidewalk, coming from behind me so I didn't see them, and the passenger opened the door and reached out to grab my ass while I was out jogging. It must have been an open window, doesn't really make sense, to open a door while driving. Wrong angle. Anyway. Also in my own basement, IF Yaakov wakes up early, I can still be available immediately, and can pause the exercise till he leaves for school. And I can blast my music without wearing ear buds in my ears.

[#] Wed Dec 18 2013 16:18:33 EST from Ladyhawke

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Dear's a Grelfish clock!

[#] Thu Dec 19 2013 00:23:08 EST from ax25

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I would try to rely on the bablefish, but it would let me down as it was a visual clue and the fish head would be well in to my auditory canal at that point.  Mmmm, fish heads, fish heads, rolly polly fish heads.

[#] Fri Jan 31 2014 07:41:11 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Marijuana being legal/illegal gets so much ink, and yet Big Pharma continues to get permission to sell amazingly dangerous poisons.  Unreal.

[#] Thu Feb 06 2014 12:37:10 EST from triLcat

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from my research, tylenol is substantially more dangerous than mj...


[#] Sat Feb 08 2014 18:13:12 EST from zooer

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Mr. Ignat, did you have a measles case across the Hudson from your home? Can measles swim?

[#] Sat Feb 08 2014 23:20:20 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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There are a lot of reasons I try to stay away from that mall. Measles are only one of many reasons ... although I had my MMR vaccine anyway.

[#] Sun Feb 09 2014 13:30:52 EST from wizard of aahz

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Absolutely hate that mall. I want my diner back!

[#] Tue Feb 11 2014 11:20:34 EST from Ladyhawke

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Thankfully, we still have ours.

Why are diners so damn good?

[#] Tue Feb 11 2014 12:09:43 EST from Shazam

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mj might be safer, but you can't just take some for a headache and get back to work.
I am SO glad my family wasn't around that mall recently, my immedate family doesn't go almost at all, but my dad and his wife do go out often. I never asked my doctor, do adults need MMRs again or can we count on whatever we got as kids?

[#] Tue Feb 11 2014 17:56:35 EST from the_mgt

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Tue Feb 11 2014 12:09:43 EST from Shazam
mj might be safer, but you can't just take some for a headache and get back to work.
 I'd say that depends a) on the sort of mj, there are plants with low thc and high cbd content (read: does you good without making you high) and b) the type of work.
do adults need MMRs again or can we count on whatever we got as kids?

Iirc, you can count on MMR/what you got as kid for yourself. You will still carry the virus around with you and if you happen to meet a pregnant women, things might get ugly.

[#] Wed Feb 12 2014 01:43:13 EST from triLcat

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if you had a booster in high school, you should be ok.

[#] Sat Feb 15 2014 20:44:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I have a bad cold. I am miserable. Please kill me.

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