Obamacare’s Failure to Launch
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss the problems of Obamacare’s website, how consultants may make the problems worse and what the worst case scenario is with Obamacare’s failure to launch.
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Tech at Night: Regulation picking winners and losers in television and radio. Let’s deregulate both and also reform copyright.
Next time you wonder why there is such a push to pick winners and losers with regulation, remember that industries like broadcast TV don’t like to become buggy whip makers, so they have to go after firms like Aereo who innovate and threaten traditional revenue streams.
Which is why, as much as I do agree that there are a number of piecemeal copyright reforms we should make, I disagree that fixing radio regulation isn’t a good idea. We have a system in place now called ‘compulsory licensing’ which is designed to rig the marketplace. Getting to a free market is a valuable thing. Copyright is probably too strong, but this isn’t where we need to trim it back, at all.
Let’s walk and chew gum at the same time. Let’s take on targeted copyright reform as Derek Khanna suggests, while also deregulating radio/music licensing.
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Sabotage, and Where We go From Here
Throughout the past few weeks, we witnessed the train wreck of the stupid party colliding with the evil party. The stupid party made sure to tell the evil party that they just need to reject their offer and there will be a new watered-down iteration in a flash. Finally, it got so bad that they couldn’t even draw a line in the sand on delaying | Read More »
Aetna CEO: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up for a Quick Fix to Obamacare
The various glitches and bugs (some might say features) that have popped up in the Obamacare rollout have been well enough documented that I shouldn’t have to run through them here. Most people, however, don’t understand the extent of the issues or just how long it could take to fix them. CEO Mark Bertolini of insurance company Aetna is probably one of the few people | Read More »
Building a Coalition Out of Chaos
It’s hard for me to even calculate the amount of words that have been used to debate the merits of defund vs delay vs some other strategy. The amount of energy complaining about Ted Cruz or the amount of flyers calling for John Boehner’s head have reached apocalyptic proportions . Truly things are a mess. And no doubt, each faction believes some other faction is | Read More »
There’s No Courage Like Mitch McConnell’s
The Senate Minority leader doesn’t let things like voter expectations or approval ratings stop him from doing what he thinks is best for him.
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Bridge Burning and Bridge Building
House Republicans have signaled they are giving up. They’ll merge their ideas with Mitch McConnell’s ideas. The result will be a funded government, raised debt ceiling, and nothing done with Obamacare. Throughout this fight, Harry Reid has outsmarted Mitch McConnell. Repeatedly, Reid used the Senate’s rules to toss aside numerous proposals from the House while McConnell looked on not knowing how to fight back. Reid | Read More »
The Pirate Game, The Shutdown and The Debt Ceiling Ultimatum
Let’s say for the sake of hypothesis that the current Federal Budgetary process is so badly broken and divorced from any legitimate concern for the American commonweal that we could describe it as five pirates deciding how to divide up the spoils from looting America. Mathematician Ian Stewart proposed a mathematical game that could describe how this situation could work itself out. There are 5 | Read More »
…Erm, where is the rest of Terry McAuliffe’s dirty Joseph Caramadre money?
Meanwhile, back at the ranch… Former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe, the current Democratic nominee for Governor of Virginia, chose not disclose his investment into an insurance scheme run by a businessman [Joseph Caramadre] who was stealing the identities of terminally ill patients on his Virginia Board of Elections Statement of Economic Interest during his 2009 run for Governor. [snip]
“Robbin’ the ‘Hood”: California’s Green Energy Schemes Benefit the Well-Connected
You know those odd little charges at the bottom of your utility bill? In California, electricity customers pay average fees of $24 per year, plus $12 per year if they also use natural gas, for the benefit of alternative energy programs. Those charges add up; a billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about some real money. A report in the Sunday | Read More »
Obama’s Missed Opportunity
First Lady Michelle Obama likes to talk “Let’s Move” but can’t do the same for her own garden. Reports the Obama garden blog: In the eleven days since the shutdown began on Oct. 1, the pounds and pounds of ripe organic bounty have gone to waste. The vegetables filling the 1,500 square-foot plot are now rotting away on the vines and in the boxed beds, | Read More »
Power and obedience
There is nothing more pernicious than the illusion of liberty surviving, or even flourishing, alongside growing government power. It doesn’t work that way, not once you get past the transition from anarchy to lawful government. Personal liberty does not exist in a state of anarchy, because individuals can be defrauded, robbed, and killed at will by lone predators and organized gangs. Some degree of government | Read More »
NSA snoops all of Gmail, and Google probably helps
Earlier this year, I dared point out that Google could be a private intelligence agency for the left. Some people told me to put on a tinfoil hat. So I drew up a piece detailing high-level connections between Google and the Obama 2012 campaign. The political connections are obvious and undeniable, but how much access does the government really hand to Google data for mass | Read More »
The Absurdity of the Washington Redskins Controversy
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Josh Zerkle to discuss the debate over changing the Washington Redskins name, why it’s so absurd and a look at the NFL season so far.
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Obamacare – It’s all about Control… (Alt-Delete).
POP-QUIZ: What is the new Obamacare website?
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(A) Just another NO-BID contract.