Kurt DelBene, Explaining How It's Going to Be

Dreadful News


WC comes bearing dreadful news. The guy who brought us Microsoft Word is taking over management of HealthCare.gov. We may be doomed. That’s right, Kurt DelBene, project leader for the Worst Interface in the Universe, is the new head of the effort to finish repairs on the federal health insurance website. What does this mean for the…

Our Glitches Doubleplusgood; Your Glitches Ungood


The last major change to the United States’ health care system prior to the Affordable Care Act was Bush/Cheney’s Medicare Part D. Your remember Medicare Part D?  It was and is the Medicare prescription drug benefit, a federal program to subsidize the costs of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries. It went into effect on January 1, 2006. There were very serious implementation problems,…

Another Gored Ox: The Alaska Chamber of Commerce


The President of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce has an opinion piece in Alaska Dispatch, touting the State Chamber’s priorities for the Alaska state government. Most are predictable; one is a surprise. All demonstrate the incredible short-sightedness of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce. Another of WC’s grandmother’s favorite sayings was to always ask whose ox was…

Cap’n Zero’s Secret Report – An Update


Nabesna, Alaska resident Vicki Penwell has a petition on MoveOn.org asking Governor Parnell to implement Medicaid expansion. Her story is personal, heart-felt and moving. WC invites you to sign her petition. As you will recall, Captain Zero is dragging his feet on this issue, for no logical reason. Here’s the link to Ms. Penwell’s petition:…

Exceptionally Expensive, Anyway


WC is deeply skeptical about the claim that the United States is “exceptional” in some magic way, and above reproach in all ways. The outrageously expensive cost of medical treatment would be one way in which the neocons claims of U.S. “exceptionalism” are only true in a bitterly ironic way. The International Federation of Health…

2012 in Review: Examining WC’s Wishes for 2012


Once again, WC opened the year with wishes for the upcoming months. And once again, WC’s wishes and hopes were mostly dashed. But with just a week or so left in 2012, let’s look at the specifics (Predictions in bold face; outcomes indented below): 1. Overpopulation. Among the crises facing the planet is human overpopulation. During 2011,…

The Commerce Clause and Fungal Meningitis


The ongoing tragedy of death and severe illness from fungal meningitis dramatically illustrates the danger of Neocons’ narrow view of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. It’s a perfect example of why a broader, not narrower, interpretation of the Commerce Clause is critically important. A “compounding pharmacy” in Framingham, Massachusetts has been identified as…