Daily Archives: February 17, 2013
Meanwhile, my former colleague Colleen Medill, an ERISA expert, writes:
I don’t know if you will see this in your volume of email, but you might.
I am deeply into studying the impact of Obamacare on employers, and I have been communicating with highly sophisticated ERISA lawyers who are advising employers, from Fortune 50 companies to small firms under 50 employees, on whether to keep or drop or modify their employer group health plans.
No company wants to admit that they are considering eliminating health insurance as an option, or be the first one to drop their health insurance plan, but once a competitor does so, the preference cascade will begin. The clear sentiment is “We will not be the first one to drop our health insurance plan, but we would be a close second.”
The coming preference cascade for employer group health plans is what the Democrats fear the most, because Obamacare was sold to the masses as “if you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it.”
The people who really know the law, and who have been following the avalanche of regulations, have already figured this out. It will take a while for this specialized knowledge to seep downward, because right now only $800+ an hour ERISA attorneys and the most sophisticated HR people understand how Obamacare really works.
Police are under investigation for jokingly filling in a witness statement in the name of a force dog.
Officers became exasperated when prosecutors asked for an account of a crime from a ‘PC Peach’, not realising Peach was the name of a police dog.
So they completed the form as if it had been written by the alsatian, and signed it with a paw print.
The dog’s statement read: ‘I chase him. I bite him. Bad man. He tasty. Good boy. Good boy Peach.’
The form was pinned up at a West Midlands Police station last week for the amusement of colleagues, who are often at odds with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) over the handling of cases.
Tewkesbury, England: Armed with (real) machine guns, cops raid home of man who posted picture of his 6″ toy mortar on FaceBook. Took the Brits six weeks to get there after a citizen’s complaint, but by God, they tracked him down!
There were five police officers at the door, two of them carrying submachine guns.
They had come in search of a deadly mortar tube – spotted in the background of a picture that Mr Driscoll had posted on Facebook.
Mr Driscoll, 43, did indeed have a mortar in the home and promptly showed it to the squad.
It was a toy.
After inspecting the model mortar, the rather embarrassed team of officers apologised and took their leave.
‘I couldn’t believe someone thought it was real,’ said Mr Driscoll, a model maker, at his home in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.
‘It’s tiny and quite clearly a toy. I can’t stop laughing. I think it’s hilarious.’
The mortar, or at least part of it, was featured in a picture Mr Driscoll took of an Action Man figure and a toy Alsatian dog.
He posted the picture on Facebook ‘as a laugh’ because he says he looks rather like the Action Man figure and owns an Alsatian.
The mortar was near to a TV remote control which showed how small it was. Nevertheless, someone called in the police.
MUMBAI—Here on center stage in the global crisis of drug-resistant tuberculosis, top doctors are sounding a new alarm: India’s emergency strategy to defeat the disease may be having the opposite effect—encouraging TB instead to mutate into more deadly and unstoppable strains.
In its new strategy, India is treating some, and perhaps many, drug-resistant TB patients with drugs that they are already resistant to. That can allow the bacteria to build resistance to new drugs as well.
On Friday, a prominent specialist described research to The Wall Street Journal showing that the government’s treatment plan wouldn’t work on fully two-thirds of the 300 patients analyzed at one major Mumbai hospital. The results suggest India’s plan is “a futile exercise” that will “serve to amplify resistance,” said the researcher, Dr. Zarir Udwadia. “It is morally and medically disastrous.”
In our modern world of global travel, incurable TB would seem likely to accompany infected victims from the home source, currently India, China and Russia. Hell, it might already be in Hawaii – perhaps we should quarantine Michelle O there, just to be safe.
Fresh from their three-week Hawaiian vacation, the First Family is off again on their own separate vacations, courtesy of you. Hubby’s in Florida, getting golf tips from Butch Harmon and playing with his guy friends – Mr. War on Women refuses to play any sports with girls, ever, while Michelle and the girls are practicing skiing in Aspen. If you’re curious, their (separate) planes cost taxpayers $180,000 per hour to transport the family around the world.
But as soon as he’s back, Obama has promised to turn his attention to the unemployed, who may have heard that same vow four years ago but hey, the man’s been busy. Fore!