Thermodynamics and Health Care


Megan McArdle has a post up on Sticker Shock for Some Obamacare Customers. Now that real world cost data is available, insurers are asking for rates that allow them to at least break even on Obamacare coverage. Maryland’s largest insurer is asking for a 30 percent increase.

It’s a basic principle of Thermodynamics that there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. That applies to health care too.

That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

Running Out of Other Peoples’ Money


At the end of 2016, the unaffordable Affordable Care Act requires that the state-run Obamacare exchanges operate without any federals subsidy. The Hill reports that states are now trying to find ways to keep the schemes solvent.

A number of states are quietly considering merging their healthcare exchanges under ObamaCare amid big questions about their cost and viability.

Many of the 13 state-run ObamaCare exchanges are worried about how they’ll survive once federal dollars supporting them run dry next year.

Read the whole thing.

Blasphemy


David Frum has a piece over at The Atlantic titled The Right to Blaspheme. It’s a thoughtful review of why we in the West (and especially we Americans) general support that right.

Hate-speech laws remain highly controversial. But whether they are wise or dangerous, their purpose is secular: to protect people by restricting speech intended to abrogate their human rights. God, it is thought, can look after Himself.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE—DaTechGuy takes a look at what might happen if our consensus on the right to blaspheme did breakdown.

Obama Burns 9,000 Gallons of Jet Fuel to Celebrate Earth Day


No. Really.

Read about it here.

I agree with Instapundit that we should believe in the global warming climate change crisis when the folks telling us about it act as if they really believe it themselves.

UPDATE—Burning that much jet fuel produces a bit more than 6 tons of carbon emissions.