Escalators and HealthCare

What, you may ask, has escalators got to do with healthcare? Simple. Keeping escalators in working order should be infinitely easier than keeping America’s healthcare system in shape . . . yes/no? Yes.

Well, check out this video from Reason TV showing that our nation’s capitol cannot keep their metro escalators in proper working order. Now, what happens when Washington, D.C. starts calling the shots on your healthcare . . .

Here is another look at D.C.’s metro system brought to you by Remy . . .

The State of America’s Private Sector 28: October, 2011

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released their monthly personal income data for October, 2011 (pdf). The chart below shows the private sector share of personal income from January 1959 to October 2011. For October, the private sector share of personal income was 70.8 percent.  While a tad higher than September, it’s only because the previous months have been revised lower.  So, technically, the private sector made no headway.

While the trend has been up over the last year (after cratering in May, 2009 at 69.06 percent), the current level is still well below the pre-Great Recession level of 74.48 percent in June 2007. With the aging of the baby boomers and Obamacare looming, it’s doubtbul that we will ever get back to pre-recession levels.

 Chart Showing Private Sector Share of Personal Income by Month from January 1959 to October 2011

The State of America’s Private Sector 27: September, 2011

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis released their monthly personal income data for September 2011 (pdf). The chart below shows the private sector share of personal income from January 1959 to September 2011. For September, the private sector share of personal income was 70.8 percent–up 0.04 percentage points from August (which was revised upward slightly).

While the trend has been up for the last few months (after cratering in May, 2009 at 69.06 percent), the current level is still well below the pre-Great Recession level of 74.48 percent in June 2007. With the aging of the baby boomers and Obamacare looming, it’s doubtbul that we will ever get back to pre-recession levels.

 Chart Showing Private Sector Share of Personal Income by Month from January 1959 to September 2011

Obamacare, Religion and Liberty

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Andrew Aliferis

Admittedly I’m a little late to this party, but it is a very important issue. Apparently, Obamacare is now mandating that all insurance plans must include coverage for contraception and sterilization. This, of course, violates many religious sensibilities, especially for Catholics (disclaimer: I am Catholic).

From the United States Conference of Bishops:

The HHS has issued a rule forcing private health plans to include coverage for all FDA-approved prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, as well as surgical sterilization for women and men. These are listed among “preventive services for women” that all health plans will have to cover without co-pays or other cost-sharing — regardless of whether the insurer, the employer or other plan sponsor, or even the woman herself objects to such coverage.

The exemption provided for “religious employers” is so narrow that it fails to cover the vast majority of faith-based organizations, including Catholic hospitals, universities, and service organizations that help millions every year.

This fall, the bishops urge Catholics and others of good will to take action in defense of conscience rights & religious liberty.

Even if you are not Catholic and/or pro-life, these types of conflicts are inevitable in a one-size-fits-all “reform” of healthcare–otherwise known as Obamacare.