Archive for ‘competition’

October 22, 2012

The Armstrong Scandal & Willful Disbelief

I woke up this morning to NPR and yet another story about Lance Armstrong and the ever-unfolding doping scandal. The show’s guest was speaking about a book published a few years back by an Irish author whose claims of Lance’s doping fell on many a deaf ear which are now, in light of new evidence, basking in the glow of affirmation. Despite all the mounting and apparently irrefutable evidence there is still, in me at least, a semblance of incredulity.

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February 27, 2012

Speculating Away Our Recovery

As gas prices rev up into high gear well before the summer months of traditional high demand predictions estimate prices at the pump will reach well over $4.00 a gallon. Along with the impacts this will have on the average consumer, these increases will, and already have, produced gushers of political rhetoric, laying blame squarely on the President’s shoulders. While high gas prices are great fodder for political gamesmanship, their accuracy is often suspect. How much influence does or can the leader of the U.S. have over the price of crude, let alone the prices at the pump?

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December 8, 2011

The Daily Scoop: States Reassess Opposition to Health Insurance Exchanges

As more information becomes available and studies contribute to the understanding of the Affordable Health Care Act many are seeing its benefits to consumers and small businesses. Recent studies illustrate how many markets are dominated by one or two insurers which severly limit consumer choices. The health insurance exchanges will inject much needed competition into those markets providing choices many do not have under the current system.

From Washington Post
In Georgia, like many other Southern states, opposition to the new federal health-care law runs deep. Yet a conservative committee of experts has, without rancor, outlined a plan to give the state a health insurance exchange, a cornerstone of the legislation enacted last year.
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November 11, 2011

The Daily Scoop: The Economist Debates – Subsidies for Renewables?

This is a debate on The Economist website discussing the proposal that subsidising renewable energy is a good way to wean the world off fossil fuels. Read through both sides of the arguement and vote for which side you view as correct.
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November 2, 2011

The Daily Scoop: Walgreens to Sell Health Insurance

This article is a couple of months old, found while doing some peripheral research but definately still worthy of posting. It gives us a view of what to expect from the state health insurance marketplace exchanges set up through the Affordabel Care Act. If other companies like Walgreens step into the health insurance arena it will prove quite advantageous to those in real need of affordable coverage.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is planning to start selling health insurance to customers this fall.

Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens  will sell health insurance products with different price ranges and coverage levels from coast-to-coast through a private health insurance exchange, according to people familiar with the matter. Read more…