Goodbye ACA: Aetna to exit Obamacare in all but 4 states

That’s 7 in 10 Obamacare policies.

Looks like the Obamacare crony compromise just wasn’t rich enough in the end.

Insurance policies have to underwritten. That is they have to be assessed for risk. Real numbers have to be used.

In places for instance where car thefts are off the charts car insurance premiums are sharply higher. Why? Because the premium from the policies issued, taking into account the investment return possible from insurance reserves,

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FDA E-Cigarette Regulations Give Smoking a Boost

Finally a break for the beleaguered cigarette industry. Poor guys. Nice to see the FDA pushing nicotine addicts back toward old fashioned Marlboros. I mean, with vaping one can avoid getting sick. And what’s smoking without the hacking cough and eventual painful death?

And by the way I feel a certain obligation to share this with our readers who smoke. I smoked for 10 years, I’ve quit for almost as long. One can quit. It can be done.

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Google, IT department to the crony system?

No kidding, Google officially dropped this motto a couple of years ago.

Oh Google, I do miss the days of “Don’t be evil.”

But that’s all long gone now though huh? And Google isn’t pushing Goldman Sachs aside as the attached article argues, so much as it is becoming the IT department of the crony system.

So let’s see. There’s Government Motors and Tesla for cars. Government Electric for all things “green” energy. Government Sachs for crony investment banking.

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Telemedicine Runs Into Crony Doctoring

Telemedicine in many respects is a miracle. Now people in remote and just plain out of the way places can gain access to much higher quality health care via the interwebs than they could before. One can even have surgery remotely now. That’s right, the surgeon is in Seattle, you’re in Columbus, and a robot opens you up.

Though it is unlikely that the need for local physicians will go away anytime soon, this area of the economy should be as liberalized as possible.

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The lobbying reform that enriched Congress

Lobbying is the big prize at the end of the line for many members of Congress. If one is already rich one can stick around as Senator or Representative. If however one is not rich K Street and the life of Gucci Gulch is always there. No one (it seems) leaves. No one quits. They shift, and they shift from Capitol Hill to Downtown a few blocks to the south and west.

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Half Of TSA’s 30,000 Employees Accused Of Misconduct; Nearly A Third Multiple Times

I hadn’t been on a plane in a few months but last week I flew into Atlanta.

I always fall out of the TSA rhythm if I haven’t flown for a while. I always forget to take off my belt. Pretty much every time. Do I take out my wallet? Good thing I remembered to wear loafers this time.

It’s insane. Really, think about it. It’s nuts. Then we have to stand in that machine and get blasted by radiation while we stand with our hands over our head like some sort of criminal.

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Government Considers First Pokemon Go Regulations (Not a joke.)

I for the record am pro-Pokemon Go. It’s an interesting little game which gets people moving, especially kids who often aren’t moving enough.  This week in the Atlanta airport I watched people walk up and down the concourse searching for virtual monsters. More often than not these people were smiling while they were searching and they were often searching with other people. This is a good thing. They were having fun – in the Atlanta airport.

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