Quote of the day

“The essence of conservatism — from Burke to Hayek — is epistemological modesty — an awareness of how little we can know about ourselves, and how little we can plan. Because life is so complicated.”–David Brooks


And the corollary:


“If upon consideration, one can find no faults on one’s own side, then cry for mercy; for this must be a most dangerous delusion.”–C.S. Lewis

Okay, just ONE Obamacare post today

A guest blogger at the LA Times writes that he cannot keep his old insurance policy, and that the policy available on the exchange will increase his out of pocket expenses by $2,450 per year. He is not happy.


“Under my old plan, my maximum out-of-pocket expense was $4,900. Under the new plan, I’m on the hook for up to $6,350. Copays for my doctor visits will double. For urgent-care visits, they will quadruple. Though slightly cheaper plans exist if I decide to shop around on the exchange, I will lose my dental coverage should I switch.

Needless to say, I am not pleased.  

Most young, middle-class Americans I know are happy that millions of previously uninsured people will receive free or heavily subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

We just didn’t realize that, unless we had health insurance at work, we’d be the ones paying for it.”

His suggested solution to the problem is, of course, to make someone else pay for it:

“If this system is going to be sustainable, however, we’re going to need to find a way to get older and wealthier Americans to chip in more.”



13 Nutrition Lies That Made The World Sick And Fat

Low carbohydrate/high protein diets have been around since 1958, and Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution was published in 1972. It seems that the more people promoted and were successful with lo-carb diets, the more the nutritional establishment advocated high carb “heart-healthy” diets. The government got involved (of course), with the food pyramid. There are many unfounded myths out there about what we should eat, and here some of them are debunked.

Gary Taubes’ books How We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories are an excellent source of good nutritional advice. You can find them here and here. I recommend them to my residents, who received little nutritional education in medical school, and most of it bad.

There is one disadvantage to lo-carb/high protein diets that I see–it is more expensive than others. Beef, especially, has gotten really pricey lately. Part of the reason for that is another of my pet peeves, and I will get into that in another post.

Meanwhile, remember, this is healthy food:

Rib-Eye Steak