For Your Health
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today took aim at the city’s rising pension and health costs, calling what he dubbed the “labor-electoral complex” the most pressing threat to New York in the final major speech as mayor.
Speaking in a grand ballroom in front of members of the Economic Club of New York, Mr. Bloomberg said that exploding health and pension benefits for municipal workers threatened to undermine the city’s progress and urged his successor, Bill de Blasio, to push through reforms.
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The website that promotes “beneficial” friendships between (mostly) older men and younger women has launched a new campaign on the basis of what they claim to be the large influx of women who have signed up for their services recently looking for help covering healthcare. (We guess they need to adapt to the changing concerns of America.)
As a frequent world traveler, I’ve had occasion to seek medical treatment in Croatia, Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, and France. I was always treated right away, treated well, and handed surprisingly low bills. Why can’t we get it right? These experiences as well as my “liberal” leanings, make me an unabashed supporter of the Affordable Healthcare Act.
It Takes a Village
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has thus far remained mum on his favored candidate for mayor, but Anthony Weiner is pretty confident he’s got it locked down.
“I think that the mayor, were he a Democrat, would vote for me in the primary and I expect him to vote for me in the general,” declared Mr. Weiner, speaking to reporters at a press conference on parking on the Upper East Side, following a raucous forum at Hunter College.
N.Y.U has been rather busy of late. The school is still vying to get its Downtown Brooklyn tech campus approved by the Bloomberg administration and yesterday its hulking Greenwich Village expansion was certified by the City Planning Commission, meaning months of acrimonious NIMBYing are ahead.
As if that were not enough, the school has just released designs for a new dentistry school at 433 First Avenue, the latest addition to its healthcare campus on the Middle East Side.
• At 8:30 a.m., the Department of Labor tells us just how many jobs we as a nation lost in August. The folks on Wall Street expect America to have lost somewhere around 100,000 jobs, marking a third straight month of labor-market shrinkage. [Calculated Risk]
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Of all the pieces that have been written in the last year, there are few that convey the cosmic heft of American health care while also having an emotional impact that isn’t saccharine, partisan, annoyingly anecdotal or all three. Atul Gawande’s iconic New Yorker piece on McAllen, Texas, from last June is one Read More
All year, the biggest fault line in the health care debate has been the public option—a proposed government-run insurance plan that Americans without access to group coverage would be eligible to sign up for.
To liberals, it has been the reason for doing health care reform, an innovative tool that will break up private insurers’ Read More
Within hours after the House of Representatives approved health care reform by a narrow margin, Republicans predicted retribution at the polls next fall. They promised to make every Democrat regret that historic vote as the first step toward the reversal of power in Washington. And as the current debate has proved, they aren’t going to Read More
The big question in Washington right now is about how serious Joe Lieberman actually is about joining a Republican filibuster of the health care bill with a public option that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is now pushing.
Connecticut’s junior senator said on Tuesday that he’ll probably vote to allow the bill to Read More