Seipel opens her article with the story of 49-year-old Julie Moreno, who was one of the 2.7 million folks newly covered by Medi-Cal. After waiting three months for cataract surgery and constantly being told that there were "no slots" available, Moreno ended up borrowing $14,000 for private treatment.
January 27 2015: Venezuelan government authorizes army to shoot unarmed protesters with live ammo:
From left leaning, but quantitatively rigorous, site fivethirtyeight.com:
in this paper, the authors argue that conservatives were right and that the cutoff of benefits helps explain the surge in hiring in 2014. They use county-level data to show that places where the reduction in benefits was greatest also experienced the greatest job gains. They estimate that the policy change led to the creation of 1.8 million jobs in 2014, and that nearly 1 million of those jobs were filled by workers who otherwise would have stayed out of the labor market.
Key quote: “The analysis based on this simple inference implies that the cut in benefits in 2014 can explain nearly all of the observed aggregate employment growth in 2014."
Discussion at fivethirtyeight (second of three items discussed):
In addition, this year's flu shot doesn't appear to cover any H1N3 strain, which is apparently hitting Boston hard.
We can still wash hands frequently and cover our coughs, though.
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