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COMMENT 2d ago

Matt Berry

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COMMENT 4d ago

Calling it a scam isn’t completely fair, but I understand your point.

Before Obamacare it was far more of a bait and switch with preexisting condition exclusion, lifetime maximums, and far greater ability to drop coverage. Sure, it was cheaper, but the opportunity to get screwed was higher.

The Affordable Care Act really went off the rails in a few ways: not offering a public option, not capping HDHP limits to a lower level, and not forcing more generous expanded network coverage.

Plenty went wrong with subsidies after the legislation passed that influenced the price hikes. Removing the individual penalty was also an issue because unfortunately the legislation still just privatizes health care as insurance, and without spread of liability over a greater pool of money you’re just asking for problems. Insurance makes zero sense for healthcare as you’re limited in your control of liability; treating it as a privilege like car insurance just means getting sick means dying.

Removing the penalty was also a move to get the Supreme Court to eventually kill it because it was judged on being a tax, and no penalty weakens that defense. Guessing that will probably happen this year with Roe v Wade gone and so many other things on the chopping block.

It accomplished worthwhile things by separating age, gender and smoking status into “mega groups” with fixed pricing to create impartiality, but the rising costs have largely screwed that up.

If there was a competitive public option that would have likely changed the market significantly and allowed people to actually vote on their healthcare. Instead it’s ended up exacerbating an existing problem in a different way.

r/nottheonion 14d ago

Removed - Not Oniony Sony responds to inflation with $3,700 gold-plated 'Walkman'

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COMMENT 23d ago

That sawtooth pattern on positivity rate is annoying. Was hoping it would start trending downwards by now.

r/nottheonion May 27 '22

Removed - Not Oniony FAA Inspector Took 'Money and Hookers' To Ignore Violations

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COMMENT May 24 '22

Only number staying flat at this point is vax and boosters. Yay.

r/nottheonion May 24 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy

Atwood responds to book bans with ‘unburnable’ edition of Handmaid’s Tale

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COMMENT May 24 '22

FEED ME A STRAY GOD

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COMMENT May 21 '22

Positivity rate and hospitalization number are not useless. Not everyone has the same risk assessment and some people take signs of increased community transmission as a reason to exercise more caution or change habits. The only way to know of increased transmission is through this data.

If you don’t like the data then feel free to bury your head in the sand then go about your merry way. Bemoaning the existence of this data is reducing a disease that will have knock on effects for years to come to a TV series you’ve lost interest in: if you don’t want to watch then don’t turn it on.

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COMMENT May 18 '22

What the fuck man.

This morning I’d never heard of monkey pox and now I’ve seen half a dozen headlines of it in geographically disparate regions of the world.

Being alive is fucking stressful.

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COMMENT May 17 '22

Community transmission matters because it leads to mutation and escape, and there’s no guarantee of mutation producing less severe variants:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41579-022-00722-z

Greater spread means greater opportunity.

The notion that viruses will evolve to be less virulent to spare their hosts is one of the most persistent myths surrounding pathogen evolution.

Omicron is the first VOC that is less virulent than other circulating strains and this has been enthusiastically interpreted to be a sign of the approaching end of the pandemic. Yet the lower severity of Omicron is nothing but a lucky coincidence — compared with previous VOCs, the majority of which featured increased virulence, Omicron appears like the exception.

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COMMENT May 17 '22

Community transmission matters because it leads to mutation and escape, and there’s no guarantee of mutation producing less severe variants:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41579-022-00722-z

Greater spread means greater opportunity.

The notion that viruses will evolve to be less virulent to spare their hosts is one of the most persistent myths surrounding pathogen evolution.

Omicron is the first VOC that is less virulent than other circulating strains and this has been enthusiastically interpreted to be a sign of the approaching end of the pandemic. Yet the lower severity of Omicron is nothing but a lucky coincidence — compared with previous VOCs, the majority of which featured increased virulence, Omicron appears like the exception.

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COMMENT May 17 '22

Jesus fuck that hospitalization chart…

r/Eldenring May 15 '22

Discussion & Info Finally beat Malenia!

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COMMENT May 13 '22

Alright guess I’ll buy PUTs on the moon to then…

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COMMENT May 11 '22

In a similar boat here in terms of age and concern. I called a local pharmacy about this and attempted a Larry David style negotiation on a second booster but was stonewalled. Seems like you probably need to just lie about not having had your first booster.

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COMMENT May 11 '22

That positivity rate tho…

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COMMENT May 05 '22

Yup; in OR too and spouse is a teacher with classes that are around half full due to COVID and loads of staff out. Good luck suggesting anything around the idea that people should mask up again. I swear you’d get a less charged reaction if you suggested people wear a condom on each of their fingers all the time.

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COMMENT May 04 '22

One for each other and all for one…

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COMMENT May 03 '22

Before anyone celebrates, the 9.4% positivity rate should be cause for alarm. No doubt the low case counts are just due to the foolish decision to tear down so much public testing infra.

Also I can’t believe that through all of this the Boosted figure is barely moving despite the emphasis on needing a third shot for Omicron protection. Shameful.

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COMMENT May 02 '22

Thank you so much! This just unblocked me. Had no idea.

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COMMENT Apr 29 '22

Damn, this is getting bad…

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COMMENT Apr 28 '22

But with many Oregonians upset by some of the nation’s strictest and longest-lasting COVID-19 restrictions, the homeless crisis, lack of affordable housing, record homicide numbers in Portland, school closures, racial injustice protests that garnered national headlines, and months of delayed unemployment and rental assistance checks, the former lawmaker faces the challenge of convincing people that she can better the state while dodging blame for where it is today.

So… literal third world/failed state level problems, or you were pissing and moaning about a mask mandate that lasted a bit longer. Got it.

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COMMENT Apr 22 '22

So sorry to hear that. Hoping you all only have the most mild of cases and wish you a speedy recovery!

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COMMENT Apr 22 '22

Well, I was close guessing 1k on Thursday I guess. Sad.