Links 8/6/13

Links for you. Science:

Bacterial genomes – 2nd and 3rd generation costs
Public Health Impact of Genome-Wide Association Studies: Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Alarm Bells Are Ringing: Creationists Get Influential Positions in Texas Science Textbook Review
Healthcare reform will kick your translational research in the teeth. In a good way.
Viral phylogeny and criminal culpability
University of California to allow open access to new academic papers

Other:

A Story About Michelle Rhee That No One Will Print (must-read)
Chester on the Edge (excellent)
The Blow-Off Top (not sure I agree, but interesting)
English Is a Dialect With an Army
‘Medicare for All’ Would Cover Everyone, Save Billions in First Year (haven’t parsed the underlying study yet)
A dellion here, a dellion there, and pretty soon we’re talking about real money
George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates
33% Bad Data at the FBI
Fruitvale Station and What Privilege Really Means
The Secret to One High-Poverty School District’s Success: How Union City, NJ schools achieved huge gains. Hint: It wasn’t via corporate school reform. (taken from a very good book)
Obama’s Policy Choices Help Corporations, Hurt American Workers
Venture Capitalist Dreams of Movie Theaters with Wi-Fi and Lights
Larry Summers’ Enron Problem
Edward Snowden’s Life Just Flat-Out Fun And Exciting
Peter Van Buren: Bradley Manning, Surveillance State Creep, and the Emergence of Post-Constitutional America

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4 Responses to Links 8/6/13

  1. Isis the Scientist says:

    Once again, thanks for the link love Mike! XOXOXOX

  2. mtomasson says:

    Appreciate the link MtMB!! I’m flattered to be included in this cohort!! I have my evening reading all set! Cheers!!

  3. hipparchia says:

    re ‘Medicare for All’ Would Cover Everyone, Save Billions in First Year (haven’t parsed the underlying study yet)…

    one thing to keep in mind is that study is forecasting the savings if we enacted hr676 all in one piece, because a significant amount of savings would come from things like negotiating medicare drug prices, global budgeting for hospital operating expenses, separate budgeting for hospital capital expenditures, converting all for-profit health care to non-profit, getting the insurance companies out of the health care business altogether, etc.

    http://www.pnhp.org/publications/united-states-national-health-care-act-hr-676

    if otoh we were to just extend medicare as it is now to everyone, people would still want to buy supplemental insurance and hospitals and doctors would still be wrestling with the administrative costs imposed by the extra layer of complexity. it’s not a straightforward exercise to disentangle the govt admin costs from the insurance costs, since people covered by govt programs also sometimes have private insurance too, but check out table 4:

    http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/Downloads/tables.pdf

  4. hipparchia says:

    for an alternative calculation (that would probably be close to what we’d get if we extened our current flawed medicare to everyone) — http://www.correntewire.com/just_where_does_medicare_all_would_save_350_billion_come

    (and we would probably spend most of that $400 billion on healthcare for the currently uninsured, so probably no net savings to speak of, but a lot less unfairness)

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