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Recent Readings for May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
May 9, 2019

Author’s note: One of the articles linked below involves a porn star; the article is not particularly explicit, but I wanted to give warning. Also, two of the articles below contain upsetting details about violent crimes. MEM

Gosh, I haven’t done one of these in nearly two and a half years. Let’s see what’s been running through my mind lately!

• “The Sunday school children: The little-known tragedy of the Sri Lankan Easter attacks.” Rebecca Wright, Sam Kiley and King Ratnam of CNN take a detailed look at one of the bombings in the terrorist assaults that killed about 250 Christians and tourists last month. Be aware that this story is filled with a number of heartbreaking details.

• “Student slated to attend Western Michigan University beheaded in Saudi Arabia.” This was one of a series of government executions, the particulars of which should shock the conscience of every American. Alas, it’s hard to imagine that our freedom-loving pro-life president giving this matter more than 30 seconds of thought. As I tweeted: “The details presented here are shocking, and comprise a not-so-gentle reminder that this nation produced 15 of the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001.”

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Considering employer-sponsored health insurance, Obamacare and the (possible) ruination of American health care

September 10, 2013

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Sept. 10, 2013

Last week, I started looking at the case against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as made by the Senate Conservatives Fund. The fund’s website has a fact sheet that offers some tangible reasons to be leery of Obamacare, including poll results showing that 41 percent of business owners put off hiring new workers and 38 percent delayed plans to expand expressly due to the health care reform law.

But not everything in the fact sheet is solid. Let’s start with this short excerpt from page two of the three-page document:

Obamacare will destroy American healthcare. 
• CBO estimated a loss of employer-sponsored coverage for 7 million people.

In February, the Congressional Budget Office released a set of projections for the next decade finding that “In 2022, by CBO and [the Joint Committee on Taxation’s] estimate, 7 million fewer people will have employment-based health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act.”

But wait. How exactly does such a decrease constitute the destruction of American health care? One of the reasons many people think health-care reform is necessary is that the private health insurance market has plenty of gaps: A number of employers don’t offer coverage, and many individuals can’t — or, sometimes, simply don’t — purchase insurance on their own.

Another problem with our current system is that people are reluctant to leave or switch jobs because they’re afraid of losing health care coverage. This phenomenon is called job lock. A 2004 study by a Heritage Institute scholar found that “for married women with employer-sponsored insurance, having an alternative source of coverage increases their likelihood of becoming self-employed by 75 percent…” If Obamacare works as planned, the exchanges would free up more married women to launch their own businesses. Isn’t that a good thing? Read the rest of this entry »

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