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And This Is Why You Shouldn’t Get Sick In America
Many believe that the US healthcare system is the best in the world. Not so according to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems. The US doesn’t even rank in the top 25. It ranks 37th and is the most expensive in the world. I would argue that even if we had the best healthcare system in the world, what good is it, if no one can afford to access it.
Most companies are buying 60/40-policys for their employees these days, but even if you are lucky enough to have good insurance with 80/20-policy coverage, that 20 percent your responsible for can drive you right into bankruptcy as easily as the 60-40 policy given the cost of healthcare.
Insurance cost have been going up dramatically in the last two decades, long before the new Affordable Healthcare Act has taken affect, in some cases as much as 35% per year.
But have you noticed the latest trick the insurance companies have roll out?
Yes, Higher Deductible… most averaging $5,000 per year, per person, but I have seen some as high as $10,000 per year. For those of you that are wondering, this tactic is specifically designed too stop you from using your insurance. It reduces the insurance companies out of pocket liability by shift costs onto consumers, especially those dealing with chronic illness such as diabetes and arthritis. Consequently, because consumers can’t afford the deductible they will avoid necessary care to save money.
Although insurance companies are a problem, the real crocks is the healthcare system it self. A corrupt and bloated system desperately in need of reform!
5x5: “SUBVERSIVE ENTITIES” by Olivia Gilmore
5×5 features five photographs by five photographers, usually curated around a specific subject…
Why people stop caring about the Oscars all that much.
An LA Times study found that Academy Award voters are 94% Caucasian, 77% male and have a median age of 62. Men make up 90% of five branches from cinematography to writing, and of the 43 board governors, only six are women. It makes me wonder, if more young people were members of the Academy, might the Oscar nominations change?
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The cost of the anti-vaccine backlash
Columnist Michael Hiltzik brings attention to a startling manifestation of the anti-vaccination movement: The return of illnesses like the measles and whooping cough in countries that had previously beaten them to the curb.
Above is a visualization of outbreaks of measles (in red) and whooping cough (green).
Graphic: Council on Foreign Relations
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Alex Thebez - from “A Handful of Unfulfilled Wishes”
Enjoyable music video put together by Scott Gelber aka time-cop for Ed Banger records:
That’s not the right name, but excited to be on PK!