$179 for a Cadillac?!

There have been a lot of numbers bandied about surrounding the Senate Finance Committee health insurance reform bill.  One of the big issues, going forward, will be the idea of a 35% tax on so called Cadillac health plans.  While in principle the idea sounds good, tax the carte blanche plans of corporate executives, the reality falls well short. According to the bill as written, the luxury tax will kick in at $21,000 for families and $8,000 for individuals.  Again this looks okay until you delve deeper.

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If I were in Charge of Healthcare Reform

I do not envy Barack Obama.  He has a tough job selling healthcare reform to Americans but, quite frankly, he’s doing it wrong. Here are two things I would do if I were running the healthcare reform campaign.

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A workable electronic voting system

This was originally posted on the old modestproposal.org in 2003. You can find a link to the original story via the Internet Archive.

Following the 2000 Presidential election it was shown that existing voting technology was antiquated, confusing to use, and in many cases a direct cause of voter disenfranchisement. A call was put forth by the state of Florida, which had borne the brunt of the backlash to this old technology, to modernize their voting system to achieve the following goals.

  • A simplified ballot that allows most everyone to understand and vote for their chosen candidate.
  • A system where votes could be clearly tallied with no hanging or dimpled chads.
  • A system that would allow ease of tallying and eliminate tallying errors.

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Making file sharing profitable for the music industry.

This was originally posted on the old modestproposal.org in 2003. You can find a link to the original story via the Internet Archive.

The RIAA has been attempting for several years to eliminate free online music services such as Napster, Aimster, Kazaa, etc. The problem is new services have been cropping up as fast as the RIAA can shut them down.  How can the music industry keep relevant in a modern age of free, online music. Continue reading this post »