US could learn from India how to provide better, cheaper health care
By VIJAY GOVINDARAJAN and RAVI RAMAMURTI
… the poor and uninsured actually represent a huge source of untapped value and transformation. In India, poverty has driven a handful of private Indian hospitals to pursue breakthrough innovations in health care delivery that let them provide medical services on par with the best U.S. hospitals for a fraction of U.S. prices. What’s more, they often give away care to those who can’t afford even their minimal prices.
Trump pardons ranchers who inspired wildlife refuge takeover
… Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, after both were convicted on arson charges, sparking the 2016 occupation of a wildlife refuge.
Schumer lays out path to block Kavanaugh
— “I believe if we can prove to the American people … that this nominee will lead to a court that repeals women’s reproductive freedom, repeals ACA with its protections for pre-existing conditions, we will get a majority of the Senate to vote for it.”
√ I’ll believe this when I see it. Expect a dog & pony show with no results.
>>> The fix was in all along
— Trump’s paid liar Raj Shah denied the White House made any assurances to Kennedy that his replacement would be his former clerk Kavanaugh.
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS GLOBAL WARNING BUT …
Demand for air-conditioning to go off the charts
— Soaring global need for cooling by 2050 could see world energy consumption for cooling increase five times as the number of cooling appliances quadruples to 14 billion—according to a new report by the University of Birmingham, UK.
These 11 retailers probably won’t survive for long
Sears, J.C. Penney, Barnes & Noble …
Oil rigs may end their days as valuable artificial reefs
— A submerged camera at an old worn out oil rig shows an extensive life of flatfish, cod and bottom fauna in all its forms. A life usually not see in these parts of the North Sea, where the oil rig awaits decommissioning after 25 years.
Fast food joints try to (figuratively) chain workers to their jobs
— Attorneys general in 10 states are moving to investigate whether a clause in fast-food franchise agreements is preventing workers from switching jobs, locking them into low-paying positions and contributing to widespread wage stagnation.
US Customs thug sweats woman because …
… she didn’t take her husband’s name
Never happened, agency said. Nope. Wasn’t us. Get your ears checked, lady.
Judge: Feds can’t jail migrants forever, even if they’d like to
Courthouse News Service
Toronto’s chief doctor: Decriminalize all drugs
— The idea of treating drugs as a public health and social issue rather than a criminal one has been steadily gaining steam across Canada. Earlier this year, Canada’s New Democratic party became the country’s first major political party to officially champion the idea.
You’re not bigger, it’s the airline restrooms getting smaller
— Airlines say the new restrooms are just a few inches smaller … but the tighter fit is sparking complaints from pilots, flight attendants and travelers. Consultant Samuel Engel said taking his 4-year-old son to the restroom during a recent four-hour flight was like a yoga exercise.
— “We’re both compact people, but I still had to basically straddle him to be able to fit in the lav together.”
Labor shortage? Meh. Not really
… A labor shortage is also an antidote to needless credentialism in the economy.
— When unemployment is high, firms get picky, requiring a college degree for a job that used to require a high school diploma, or screening out employees with criminal records or long spells of unemployment. When workers are scarce, employers are forced to be more flexible — and that means the economy works better for a broader swath of people.
THAI BOYS REUNITED WITH FAMILIES BUT…