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Monday, November 30, 2015

Political discussion aside, The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will fail for business reasons. Whether the ultimate result is the law getting repealed or modified, change is necessary to have a viable and vibrant health insurance industry that drives cost reduction and improved customer service.

The fundamental reason the ACA will fail is because it mandates a minimum Medical Loss Ratio (MLR). MLR is the percentage of premiums paid out to cover health care expenses. When this law came into effect, many American's thought mandating MLR was good because it guaranteed a minimum level insurance companies would pay to cover health care costs. However, the unintended consequences are having the opposite effect.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dear President Eisgruber, We write on behalf of the Princeton Open Campus Coalition to request a meeting with you so that we may present our perspectives on the events of recent weeks. We are concerned mainly with the importance of preserving an intellectual culture in which all members of the Princeton community feel free to engage in civil discussion and to express their convictions without fear of being subjected to intimidation or abuse. Thanks to recent polls, surveys, and petitions, we have reason to believe that our concerns are shared by a majority of our fellow Princeton undergraduates. read more

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"During the course of the research, which began in 2002 and continues today, I'd followed signals from his radio through remote valleys in the park but never glimpsed him. Oh, he's big, they told me, heavier than his dad, M1 (who lays claim to the center of Glacier and to three girlfriends there). Most wolverines are explosive inside a trap, but they said that M3 went completely nuclear, that trying to jab him with a syringe-tipped pole would demolish your nerves, that it took twice the expected drug dose to knock him down."


Thanks for providing a solid link, Tony.

This comes from a link within your link:

t's impossible to know how much money Planned Parenthood brings in for abortion. Because as specific as the annual report is about the number of services it provides, it's far less detailed when talking about where its revenue comes from (They are within their rights, so whatever). But it's easy to calculate, as the Weekly Standard did, that Planned Parenthood gets at least a third of its clinic income -- and more than 10 percent of all its revenue, government funding included -- from its abortion procedures.

Ask anyone who runs a for-profit business or nonprofit charity if something that brings in one-third of their revenue is "central" to their endeavor, and the answer is likely to be yes. So yes, abortion is central to what Planned Parenthood does.

This is why PP is - fairly or not - the poster-child for the abortion industry even though it is not the only provider for abortions.

I do like that your NPR link defines 'government funding' as it pertains to PP. Most people hear that term and just assume that the government is directly funneling funds to PP. This is actually not the case. Most of the 'government-funding' comes from Medicaid which is akin to an insurance policy to be utilized by the recipient. Given the existence of the Hyde Amendment I am guessing that Medicaid recipients can't use Medicaid funds to purchase an abortion at PP or elsewhere. This distinction is important as some of PP's detractors cite the fungibility of money and then argue that the government is funding abortions. Given the nature of Medicaid funds this is simply not the case.

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