Monthly Archives: October, 2013

Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance – Investigations

Rut-ro.

Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance – Investigations.

Providence Journal: Analysis of a Hatchet Job on Me

Kiersten Marek:

Diane Ravitch talks back to the Projo. Unfortunately, we all know the Projo was done being reality-based about public education a while ago.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

The Providence Journal ran an article by journalist John Hill about my book and my appearance at the University of Rhode Island that was intended to discredit me. It declared that my arguments were “mostly false,” based on the writer’s skewed interpretation of the facts presented in my book,

Read it for yourself.

As best I can tell, the writer is defending No Child Left Behind, and was deeply affronted that I criticized NCLB. He doesn’t seem to know that NCLB has very few defenders.

Nonetheless, I am printing my response to the Providence Journal here because I don’t expect ProJo to print it; neither the editor nor the journalist has acknowledged receipt of my letter. So I post it here.

This was my letter to the Providence Journal:

To the Editor:
 
Providence Journal writer John Hill has contorted the facts about American education in his effort to discredit…

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Hospitals worry theyll be stuck with more bills under Obamacares high-deductible plans – Cleveland Business News – Northeast Ohio and Cleveland – Crains Cleveland Business

Something will need to be done about this.

Hospitals worry theyll be stuck with more bills under Obamacares high-deductible plans – Cleveland Business News – Northeast Ohio and Cleveland – Crains Cleveland Business.

Mom, 4 kids dead in Brooklyn stabbing – CNN.com

Sometimes you can’t blame it on the guns.  Really sad.  We need more community in this country, so we can work out our problems without violence. One answer is better access to mental health services.

Mom, 4 kids dead in Brooklyn stabbing – CNN.com.

Do people always create the same status hierarchies?

Kiersten Marek:

Interesting questions on the nature of status hierarchies…

Originally posted on Inequalities:

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It’s been a while since we talked about the inequality hypothesis on this blog. It’s also been a while since I’ve seen any coverage of it elsewhere. For certain politicians and commentators on the left it seems to have settled into the status of fact (“we know that inequality causes all sorts of social problems”), while everyone else seems to have just forgotten about it. The torrent of academic studies has also slowed to a trickle – like everyone’s got inequality fatigue.

The trouble is that there are still some really interesting questions that need answering. One of the most fundamental for me is whether more income inequality really translates directly into stronger differentiation of social status.

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Profiles in health care: Young, healthy artist weighs insurance options video | The Journal News | lohud.com | lohud.com

What it looks like at ground level for the young, the healthy, and the artistic who want to get health insurance…

Profiles in health care: Young, healthy artist weighs insurance options video | The Journal News | lohud.com | lohud.com.

Despite expanded coverage, hospitals may see more bad debt – Nashville Business Journal

I definitely don’t want to harsh on anyone’s mellow about Obamacare, but this is the part that worries me:  the bad debt that hospitals are going to take on.  This issue is going to have to be reconciled somehow.

Despite expanded coverage, hospitals may see more bad debt – Nashville Business Journal.

A Brilliant Post Wherein “Hamlet” Exposes the Guilty Conscience of NY’s King

Kiersten Marek:

I love this! Recasting education reform politics in Shakespearean drama! So great!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

We have heard numerous calls for NY’s Commissioner of Education John King to resign. He disrespects parents. He brooks no dissent. He accuses them of refusing to engage in dialogue after they sit patiently through his hour-plus monologue. And when they boo and hiss him, he storms away and cancels all future scheduled meetings with parents, fearing, no doubt, the same humiliating response.

This blogger, Teacherbiz, has a fresh look at the whole sorry episode. She sees the event presaged in “Hamlet” and demonstrates how literature helps us to understand life (with apologies to David Coleman, who may find greater meaning in “informational text”).

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Nearly half million apply for U.S. health insurance despite flaws: officials – chicagotribune.com

Moving in the right direction, slowly but surely.

Nearly half million apply for U.S. health insurance despite flaws: officials – chicagotribune.com.

Aon Hewitt Research Finds Consumer-Driven Health Plans Continue to Grow in Popularity – WSJ.com

Well this definitely puts a positive spin on HDHP’s.  It’s hard to argue with high consumer satisfaction ratings.

Aon Hewitt Research Finds Consumer-Driven Health Plans Continue to Grow in Popularity – WSJ.com.

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