Links, 3/22/11

I’m pretty much online just to look for news about Libya. A few other things that caught my attention:

  • Megan McArdle, “ObamaCare, One Year In” – from the article: The budgeting problems are even worse than I thought[:] I argued at the time that the spending cuts were not sustainably structured, but I didn’t predict just how difficult they would prove to sustain.  Already, Congress is  resorting to ever-more-desperate health care budget gimmicks, like dipping into the health insurance subsidies in future years in order to pay for higher Medicare physician reimbursements.  A month or so after it passed, a healthcare reporter of my acquaintance said that he thought that Congress had pretty much used up every conceivable pay-for in order to pass PPACA, and history is so far proving him right: having exhausted their pay-fors, they’ve now started cannibalizing ObamaCare itself.  And it’s three years to go before we actually set the Rube Goldberg machine into motion.
  • Jay Cost, “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” – from the article: So really, there is very little for Obama to do. He must bide his time until the fundamental equation of 2012 works itself out.
  • Six Ways Fukushima is Not Chernobyl (h/t – from the article: Much of the public health impact of Chernobyl was the result of the Soviet government’s attempt to cover up the crisis, rather than moving quickly to inform and protect the public.
  • Martha Argerich & Gidon Kremer perform Beethoven’s Violin Sonata Opus 96, 4th movement – just discovered this. It has its moments.

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