“If everyone pays for health insurance, the cost goes down,” said Jason Doctor, chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at USC’s Price School of Public Policy. “This means that some kind of risk pooling is required.”And once we acknowledge that, the question becomes: How can we pool healthcare risk as efficiently and effectively as possible? That is the way health insurance works.”Yet to some people — mainly conservatives — health insurance is different from other forms of coverage. Nothing about transforming the U.S. healthcare system would be easy. We’re not talking about a government takeover of the $3.6-trillion U.S. healthcare system.
Source:Los Angeles Times
February 21, 2020 12:56 UTC
The Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected a hotly disputed proposal to add a new “speed bump,” or split-second trading delay, to the U.S. stock market. In an order posted on its website on Friday, the SEC disapproved a plan from Cboe Global Markets Inc. to introduce a four-millisecond speed bump to one of its exchanges. The regulator called Cboe’s proposal “discriminatory” and said Cboe hadn’t provided enough evidence to show that it would benefit the markets by curbing ultrafast trading strategies.
February 21, 2020 12:56 UTC
Nurse sentenced to 13 years in prison for harming infants A nurse convicted of injuring nine infants at a Wisconsin hospital has been sentenced to 13 years in prisonMADISON, Wis. -- A nurse convicted of injuring nine infants at a Wisconsin hospital has been sentenced to 13 years in prison. The State Journal reports the last child injured had multiple broken bones, including a fractured skull. Kaphaem told parents attending Thursday's sentencing that he felt embarrassment and shame for what he did. “You put your trust in me to care for your most precious loved ones and I failed you. The anguish I have caused is something no parent should ever have to endure.”Kaphaem earlier told investigators he didn't remember harming the children.
February 21, 2020 12:45 UTC
But with the Nevada caucuses a day away, some in the Yang Gang aren’t ready to move on. Kang says she’ll vote as necessary to replace President Trump but also won’t blame Yang Gang members who vote for the Republican incumbent. They asked the Yang Gang to pray for their sick mom, their job prospects, their recovery from a surgery. “The Yang Gang was a very positive place,” says Matt Saincome, a 29-year-old start-up founder from the Bay Area. But for now, he’d much rather talk about the future he sees the Yang Gang building past 2020.
February 21, 2020 12:32 UTC
The U.S. and the Afghan Taliban are preparing to sign a historic peace deal next week meant to end America’s longest war, if the two sides succeed in reducing violence in Afghanistan over the next seven days. After months of on-again, off-again talks, the U.S. and Taliban agreed to curtail most attacks across Afghanistan in a deal that took effect after midnight on Saturday in the country, starting a weeklong clock that is supposed to end with a permanent peace deal.
February 21, 2020 11:51 UTC
From the onset, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan makes it clear what it’s about. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is one of the first few mainstream Hindi films that wears its gay heart proudly on its rainbow cape, treating sexuality as a cause of celebration, directing the shame and humiliation at those trying to inflict it. In Shubh Mangal..., too, we occasionally see a quiet moment of reflection before the tension is released with yet another zinger. While it’s admirable that an A-list Bollywood star is challenging archaic notions of masculinity and queering heteronormative stories, Shubh Mangal... leaves us with some difficult questions too. It’s a complex dilemma that warrants a deeper interrogation and perhaps Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan is not that film, for it doesn’t even delve too deeply into the structural oppressions faced by the community.
February 21, 2020 11:37 UTC
“Games of Thrones” star Jason Momoa jumps into character as Ozzy Osbourne for the Prince of Darkness’ latest music video. Momoa appears to belt out the song “Scary Little Green Men” from Osbourne’s new album “Ordinary Man” in a 60-second teaser clip shared online Friday. Check out the video here:
February 21, 2020 11:26 UTC
The first to fall ill was a 38-year-old Italian who met with someone who had returned from China on Jan. 21 without presenting any symptoms of the new virus, health authorities said. That person was being kept in isolation and appears to present antibodies to the virus. His wife and a friend of his, who was a member of his running club, also tested positive for the virus. ADWord of the contagion sparked fears throughout the region, particularly given the closure of the emergency room at the Codogno hospital. He defended the precautionary measures Italy took previously, noting that Italy remains the lone European country to have barred flights to and from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
February 21, 2020 11:23 UTC
TORONTO — Ontario’s public school teachers are planning a huge protest at the legislature on Friday to coincide with their provincewide strike. The job action by the four major teachers’ unions is expected to shut down schools across Ontario, leaving about two million students out of class. Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS Ontario teachers protest outside in downtown Toronto on Feb. 12 as the province's education minister makes a speech. Harvey Bischof, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, said he hopes it sends a message to the government. Ontario Education Minister Stephen LecceEducation Minister Stephen Lecce said he wants union leaders to heed the concerns of parents who want their children in school.
February 21, 2020 11:15 UTC
Joe Biden has lost a substantial part of his black-voter support and is now running about even with Bernie Sanders, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found. The survey offered a caution sign for Mr. Biden just as the Democratic primary race moves into states with more racial diversity than Iowa and New Hampshire, two largely white states that held the first nominating contests.
February 21, 2020 11:03 UTC
Raveesh Kumar, MEA: The 'Namaste Trump' event is being organised by the Donald Trump Nagrik Abhinandan Samiti. Pl state-1. Who is the President of Donald Trump Abhinandan Samiti? Who are the people behind Donald Trump Abhinandan Samiti, who are their funding partners or sponsors, are they authorised to coordinate the event by @meaindia and @WhiteHouse? — V Gopalan (@TheGopalan) February 21, 2020what the hell is this Donald Trump Nagrik Abhinandan Samiti? https://t.co/X6E0a6LKzG — Nirjhari Sinha (@NirjhariSinha) February 21, 2020Does anyone know who are in the Donald Trump Nagrik Abhinandan Samiti?
February 21, 2020 10:41 UTC
At least 11 American evacuees transported to the U.S. from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for the coronavirus, as another doctor in China was pronounced dead from the virus Friday. The American evacuees were transported to U.S. hospitals after delayed Japenese test results showed they tested positive. China's Foreign Ministry had said the U.S. hasn't given the country any substantive help in its fight against the coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. State Department raised its China travel advisory to "Level 4: Do Not Travel." LONDON CAN HOST 2020 OLYMPICS IF CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK PERSISTS, MAYORAL CANDIDATE SAYSSouth Korea urged an increase in its level of caution to "restraint" when traveling to China.
February 21, 2020 10:30 UTC
Actor Martin Sheen texted MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell in the middle of his show on Thursday night to share an image of a bumper sticker mocking President Donald Trump’s reelection bid. Sheen, who portrayed fictional President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet on “The West Wing” from 1999-2006, suggested that Trump could have a new running mate: Russian President Vladimir Putin. The text arrived as O’Donnell aired a segment on “The Last Word” about Russia’s latest attempts to interfere in the U.S. election, which was titled “Putin’s Running Mate.” O’Donnell, who was a producer, writer and occasional actor on “The West Wing,” shared the tweet on air and said it was from the actor and his wife, actress/producer Janet Sheen:
February 21, 2020 10:18 UTC
Democratic paramilitary organizations — called “Red Shirts” — attacked populist and Republican voters, suppressing the vote throughout the state. The southern Democratic Party didn’t just control all offices and effectively staff the state bureaucracy. An aspiring politician could not run for office, much less win and participate in government, without having it behind him. Many of the same elements are in play, from the potent influence of a reactionary business elite to a major political party convinced of its singular legitimacy. A party that stands beside a lawless president, shielding him from accountability while he makes the government an extension of his personal will.
Source:New York Times
February 21, 2020 09:56 UTC
The team reached the semifinal round after four victories and a tie — and was going to meet, yes, the all-victorious Soviets. In the tiny balcony space called the “press box” there was no room for our newfangled computer. The thing, a Teleram, about the size of a small suitcase, was in the basement. I was to type my story on my Olivetti portable typewriter, and bring the copy downstairs to be transmitted. We dispatched Dave Anderson, who would win a Pulitzer Prize for his commentary that year, to the landing below.
Source:New York Times
February 21, 2020 09:56 UTC