Spreadin’ Love 577

I had a splendid radio chat this morning with Arnie Arnesen of New Hampshire, so I'm just getting around to checking the news and the blogosphere and all the other spheres. Some quick links before Ian's bus pulls up. Maybe something proper later tonight. 

Hanna Rosin v. Erica Jong v. Hanna Rosin

Annie's soars after IPO. Got about ten boxes of that Mac N' Cheese in my cabinet. 

I'm closely following the Supreme Court debate about health policy. There are super smart people writing about it, so I'll leave it them. 

Mark Bittman, who has to be my favorite grumpy old man, is ranting about junk food commercials today. Ranting in a good way. 

I love that the New York Times is doing reviews of beer

David Sedaris talks about his visits to the doctor in France. 

I am in the midst of reading Louis Menand on the purpose of college. 


11 thoughts on “Spreadin’ Love 577

  1. I found the Sedaris article but haven’t red the whole thing yet. I like the way that he says that he calls French healthcare “socialized medicine” and then says that he pays $50 for house calls and doctor appointments, as if that’s the deal of the century. The funny thing is, in the US context, that’s much more than insured people pay out of pocket for office visits and would have people screaming about healthcare being “inaccessible,” whereas it’s probably right about where you want to keep fees to avoid recreational doctor visits.
    I have heard persistent reports that French medicine is pretty good. But it’s not the French government handing out free stuff–as in Sedaris’s example, there are enough out-of-pocket expenses to limit patients’ appetite for medical spending, and I believe that there are also private insurance programs. As we saw during the Sandra Fluke/HHS thing, the idea of paying anything out-of-pocket for healthcare is anathema to many Americans.
    Here’s a chart showing how as out-of-pocket US health expenses have gone down and down, total health spending has gone up and up.
    Interestingly, I believe $50 is about how much my uninsured parents pay to see their country doctor in the US the last time we talked about it (that’s the cash rate).

  2. Ha! All my links are about beer. Maybe this is a new form of Rickrolling. Or maybe I’m just thinking about beer all the time. Hello, I’m Laura and I’m a …
    Fixed the link. It’s actually an old piece by the Internet standards. Last July. But the writing, at least what I’ve read so far, is so, so good.

  3. Add Annie’s to my other missed opportunity – good friends with some Microsoft employees way back in the early 90’s AND I never bought any stock. You know, because why would it ever go higher?
    Have my own stock (the pasta kind) of Annie’s in my kitchen cupboard as well.

  4. Our co-pay is $25 for regular checkups, $50 for convenient care (non regular doctor office, but longer hours) and $100 for an emergency room visit.
    None of those have any doctor coming to my home. And that is on top of over $20K a year in premiums. Health care in this country really has a huge variation in cost and quality. I would love to pay $50 for a home visit – bring on socialized medicine.

  5. Depending on what percentage Annie’s floated in the IPO, jumping that much out of the gate (especially if the stock stays up) is a sign that the underwriters badly misjudged the market. Or they judged it very well and decided to keep the proceeds for themselves and favored clients.

  6. Thanks for the link to the Menand article. As an academic myself, I struggle with many of the issues he raises. Given that I know how much of everyone’s tuition is wasted on things that have nothing to do with education, do I buy into the game for my kids or opt out? I’m in favor of sending the kid to the low prestige school where teaching is valued — but my husband is committed to the signaling function of the prestige degree.

  7. but my husband is committed to the signaling function of the prestige degree
    At least he isn’t going for codpieces.

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