Friday Morning Open Thread: “Knock on ten doors, beat 100 media reporters”

Many thanks for the link to respected commentor Omnes Omnibus, especially since the video includes two of my favorite actors (AT & MT).

Also from Omnes:

I found this at Sam Wang’s joint. It is an app that will show competitive house races within up to 100 miles of your address. Check it out. Places to work on getting out the vote.

As your mom didn’t quite say, If you’ve got enough spare time/energy to panic, you’ve got enough to do some Get-Out-The-Vote gruntwork.

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Apart from girding up for the last battle, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up the week?



Thursday Morning Open Thread: Keep Moving Forward


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Keep the faith, and one eye on the opposition…

What’s on the agenda as we look forward (longingly) towards the big weekend?



A note on Colorado Care

I’m still trying to get my head around the Colorado Care single payer initiative. One of the big questions is how would it be financed and a subquestion is how would the 1332 Wyden State Innovation Waiver apply as well as how 1115 Medicaid waivers would move funds. Yes, your eyes should glaze over here but we’re talking about big money.

A new report highlights one of the big questions.

Proponents believe a study by the Colorado Health Institute overlooked aspects of Amendment 69. The institute’s analysis earlier this month concluded that ColoradoCare would struggle to cover costs….

“Amendment 69 requires the state to maintain its current funding of Medicaid, including the state match for Medicaid expansion and CHP+,” said Ivan Miller, executive director of the ColoradoCare campaign. “The federal government matches all state funding sources for Medicaid.”

But Michele Lueck, president and chief executive of the Colorado Health Institute, pointed out that while Amendment 69 calls for a full transfer of Medicaid funds to the state, the federal government is not required to follow state law.

“Our policy experts advise that only some Medicaid funds will be available to finance ColoradoCare,” Lueck said. “This is based on years of analyzing when and how federal grants and waivers are awarded.”

This is a major question. Does the financing actually make sense? If Colorado Care can’t get a firm commitment for 100% transfer of Medicaid money and Exchange money into the Colorado Care pool, then the financing falls apart.

I have two major concerns with Colorado Care. Financing is one of them and the second is a deep reluctance to put any more people and their health coverage under Hyde restrictions. If I was a Colorado voter, I would be very reluctant to vote yes without better answers than handwaving and hope that the money adds up and Hyde is limited to no worse than the currently impacted population with the hope that Hyde hits fewer people.



Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite! Liberte and Egalite Have Won Edition

liberty-leading-the-people

(Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People)

France’s highest administrative court, The State Council/Council de Etat, overturned the local burkini bans that had popped up in French beach towns over the past several weeks. The panel of three senior judges ruled that the ban:

“has dealt a serious and clearly illegal blow to fundamental liberties such as the freedom of movement, freedom of conscience and personal liberty.”

They found that no evidence produced in favour of the prohibition proved a risk to public order was being caused by “the outfits worn by some people to go swimming”.

 There will, of course, be pushback. The Mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet, who is also a member of France’s parliament, has indicated that he will push legislation in the next session to address the issue. Municipal authorities in Nice, Frejus, and Sisco have already stated that they will keep the ban in place despite the ruling. We will now have to wait and see how the different levels of French government, and the French themselves, reconcile themselves to the Council de Etat’s ruling.


Zika and abortions

Scientific America has some bad news about Zika in Puerto Rico:

“Based on the limited available information on the risk of microcephaly, we estimate between 100 to 270 cases of microcephaly might occur” between mid-2016 and mid-2017, said Dr. Margaret Honein, chief of the birth defects branch at the CDC, who was one of several authors of the study published August 19 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Politico’s Jennifer Haberkorn looks at how Zika could change the discssion on abortion:

Pregnant women with the Zika virus are at risk of giving birth to babies with devastating brain damage, which can be detected only around 18 to 20 weeks — and often much later than that. …

An Aug. 5 Harvard University-STAT poll found only 23 percent of American adults believe a woman should have access to abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy. But that opposition softened notably when the question was framed in terms of Zika.

“Maybe the Zika epidemic and its implications for pregnant women will help us shine a light on the exactly tragic situation in which you have these abortions,” said Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), co-chairman of the House Pro-Choice Caucus.

Life and decision making gets a lot simpler when we assume that women are capable moral agents making their own decisions about their own health and autonomy.  But our political process does not allow for that.  The Politico article brings up the rubella epidemic that led to abortion being discussed in public as “respectable” discussion as it was seen as a health procedure instead of an non-punishment for the sluts (you know those girls) for having sex.

Dr. Jen Grunter writes about how she came to perform abortions during later stages of pregnancies.  Her patients needed help and she helped them.

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Monday Olympics Open Thread: Mandatory Political Content

Apart from more sports-watching, what’s on the agenda for the evening?



Monday Morning Open Thread: Geekbait!

I had no idea this movie was coming out, and now I cannot wait. Taraji P. Henson! Octavia Spencer! JANELLE MONAE!… and rocket ships.

Since the book it’s based on won’t be released till September, I may have to read Rise of the Rocket Girls while I’m waiting.

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Apart from finding other reasons to grit through this election season, what’s on the agenda as we start the week?