Monday, May 8, 2017

Batphone


  • Billy Walters is requesting a new trial based on how the "bat-phone" was used. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • More sexual misconduct in the CCSD. [RJ]
  • Over $600,000 was transferred among Nevada legislators during the 2016 election cycle. (Some judges have done the same thing during elections too.) [TNI]
  • Here's a look at the slow death of the death penalty in Nevada. Check out the costs associated with death penalty cases. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • 19 CASA volunteers will be sworn in this morning. [Fox5Vegas; Eighthjdcourt blog]

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  1. There's a bill this session that people keep referring to in public comment as putting an end to"pass the trash" - the idea is that serial abusers and groomers aren't allowed to move from school to school. Purportedly there's an agreement with the union that Eglet testified to that seals records re allegations? Anyone in the loop on that? Happened to listen to the hearing while waiting for another bill. At any rate, made me concerned on one side about allowing something potentially sans due process to affect someone's record. But for certain predators shouldn't be near their prey.

    It seemed like a supported bill.

    Somewhat related, the new French president met his wife when she was his teacher and he was 15. His parents told her to back off until he was 18. Later she divorced her husband and married Macron. Just some interesting reading. The French are like "meh" and all I can think of is Arrested Development when George Michael wants to see Les Cousins Dangereux. Or whatever it was called.

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    1. Well, that's France; Francois Mitterand's wife and mistress both showed up for his funeral.

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  2. Is there really a bill out there to raise minimum policy limits for automobiles to $25k and to once again allow injured parties to seek policy limits from carriers?

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    1. Yes, and it also raises the property damage portion as well. $15k is not enough to cover most medical bills in serious car crashes, as the cost of medical treatment has increased substantially within the last 10 years. A hospital ER visit alone is $10k and thats without even having serious injuries like broken bones and the like. I have seen ER bills from car crashes in the six figure range from big time car incidents. If you want the policy limits to stay low, then you should similarly fight cost of low healthcare and/or universal healthcare.

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    2. I see the pros and cons of the disclosure rule. The crazy thing is that NRCP 16.1 requires mandatory disclosure of policy limits, so if it's ever an issue, the plaintiff can just file suit and get the info anyway. It gets me wondering why insurance limits are even relevant to litigation at all? Obviously, it's important to know for settlement purposes, but what's the legal rationale?

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    3. Because universal health care is low cost health care? Lost me on that point.

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    4. 11:47, 10:36 here. I was trying to say either argue for low cost healthcare or universal healthcare. I am sure we can all agree our health system is messed up and costs can bankrupt people, even with insurance coverage.

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    5. Universal healthcare or socialized medicine with a single payer will not work in the U.S. In England which has that system women are having babies in the "tubes" or subways because they can't get in to see a doctor. It will raise taxes about fifteen per cent on everyone and ration health care leaving those with the means to go outside the country leaving the sick and poor for the health care system. Look at veterans health care what a mess that is.

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    6. I bet the Chiropractic lobby and the injections lobby is drooling over an increase to $25K. Another 3 months of visits and countless more injections.

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    7. I don't know about injections, but I've yet to see a chiro-only case that was worth even $15k. An increase to $25k won't magically make them worth more.

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    8. Dear 1:01 - I do not know where you get your health care news, but from what I read, countries with universal coverage spend a lot less than us and have healthier citizens.

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    9. 15/30 limits have been in place since 1958. It is time we step up the minimums like the majority of the US. 25/50 is still not enough, but at least a good start.

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    10. Dear 3:58 PM, way to overgeneralize. The diabetic in the Netherlands that just had his foot amputated because he has uncontrolled diabetes due to the fact that chronic conditions rate only one appointment a year begs to differ.

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    11. @3:58 - The healthier citizen population in European countries is likely not the result of universal healthcare, but their smaller portion sizes, healthier diets, more walking, etc. Those with actual health issues in Europe get placed on waiting lists. I had a family member live in London for 2 years and she bought private insurance because of the long wait lists and substandard in the public system. If universal healthcare ever becomes the way in the US, like the previous poster stated, taxes will go up the families will need to work harder to make ends meet, perhaps by failing to pay their utility bills. Then what's next, free or more subsidies for other "rights"? And, those who can afford it and those who are healthy with low insurance costs will obtain private insurance, leaving the poor and unhealthy to yet again receive crappy care. Do you really want what is going on with the VA to happen to the entire country? God help us if that is the future of our country's healthcare system. Also, why are we overhauling the entire country when lack of access affects about 5% of the population? That is so inefficient and unsustainable, as the ACA proved.

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    12. "taxes will go up the families will need to work harder to make ends meet, perhaps by failing to pay their utility bills"

      Man, it's a good thing in the good old days nobody with or without private insurance ever had to choose between paying emergency room medical bills and utilities!

      "those who can afford it and those who are healthy with low insurance costs will obtain private insurance, leaving the poor and unhealthy to yet again receive crappy care"

      Hence, you avoid that problem by the creation of a large pool of insured people all required (depending on the type of universal health care) to pay into insurance via taxes or mandate requiring the purchase of private insurance.

      "affects about 5% of the population"

      CDC estimates that pre-ACA about 17% of the US population didn't have health care. And that underestimates the number of people affected because it's an average over time, and doesn't measure the people who cycle in and out of health care by losing or gaining jobs with insurance or getting added to or kicked off Medicaid.

      I mean, you want to argue that we shouldn't have universal health care, fine. I disagree, but the issue is squarely out there. But if you want to make these policy arguments about why it wouldn't work, you're going to need better arguments. And if you want to make the argument that universal health care in other countries doesn't work well, you've got to provide some data comparing the overall cost/quality/access to pre-ACA medical care in the US.

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    13. 4:44 don't be an asshole and want to assess things with logic and facts.

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    14. The US's medical insurance system is indefensible. Comparing unsubstantiated worst case scenarios from other countries to our present system is a defeatist attitude. What happened to American exceptionalism? Fact is that we pay more than pretty much every industrialized country and we have the worst coverage. We also routinely bankrupt families over medical bills. We can certainly do better than that.

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    15. To anyone who this single payer health Care is the way to go, please defend the VA. The VA is the best foreshadow of the disaster universal healthcare in this country will be.

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    16. What about Medicare. It is great.

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    17. A single payer system will trash Medicare. Medicare started just for the seniors and they keep extending it to others. They pay less and less. Medicare for everyone will mean Medicare for no one. The supplemental insurances can be pricey--Part B and D (drugs).

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    18. How exactly would a single payer system trash Medicare? Wouldn't it it essentially lower the cost per person because you're adding a bunch of young healthy people to your insurance pool of sicker elderly people? Also right now you have people who don't get treatment chronic conditions until they are disabled or elderly and thus qualify for Medicare, at which point they are incredibly expensive to ensure. Wouldn't single payer lessen some of that burden by providing people with earlier access to care to manage chronic conditions before they become disabling and expensive? (Hint: Yes, and yes.)

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    19. The VA is single provider health care,which is not the same as the ACA, or as far as I know, any of the plans provided in Congress. Medicare is a form of single payer. Also, if the VA is so terrible (and it's really not terrible,even if it's underfunded and could use some improvements),why do so many veterans choose to go there for treatment instead of using private providers, Medicare, or Medicaid?

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    20. 10:19 AM-You ask how does single payer trash Medicare? Simple, it steals from Medicare which is managed care and gives universal care to everyone which results in rationing and eventually no care for everyone. How did Obamacare damage the health care system? It forced insurers to lose money and raised premiums for everyone. If you give something free to everyone, you are taking it away from someone else.

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    21. Single payer would get rid of Medicaid, Medicare, the VA, private insurance, every idiotic fractured part of the for-profit health care model.

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    22. 7:46 AM-Single payer would leave the government in charge of everything. Have you ever dealt with social security or medicare. I have helped relatives. Spent 5 hours at social security waiting. Spent hours on the phone. Spent hours calling Medicare on a denied claim. Medicare denies claims! So this is not the answer. Someone once said if the government was in charge of making beer it would be $100.00 a six pack!

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    23. Just because you live in constant chicken little fear of the government everybody else should?

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    24. Once you go to socialized medicine there is no turning back which is the problem. Remember "you can keep your doctor", "lower premiums" and "improved health care." There is trouble turning the clock back on Obamacare because it was a disguised government welfare program and a tax increase. They said that mandatory insurance was not a tax assessment then argued it was a tax to uphold it. Even Nancy Pelosi said Obamacare is a benefit that can not be taken away. The only increase in enrollment under Obamacare were subsidized insurance premiums for the very poor.

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    25. Whenever I hear anyone cry about "socialized medicine" and how it's a slippery slope, I want to beat them about the face with Medicare and Medicaid, but I know they aren't smart enough to understand.

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    26. 9:43AM--Look what is happening to Medicare. Deductibles. Expensive supplemental insurance. Many seniors can not afford the premiums for a good supplemental Plan B or D. They go into "managed care-HMO Plans" where you can't see a doctor for weeks. Ask anyone on Medicaid. I have a family member with heart problems on Medicaid, the State insurance for low income. Can't find a cardiologist that will take it and run all the tests. No system is perfect but at least we have options. Get a good job get health insurance. Want good health insurance--you pay for it. When you get what everyone else has you get mediocrity. The former Prime Minister of Canada brought his wife to US for a procedure that needed to be done right away.

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    27. You should stop letting FauxNews do all your thinking for you.

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    28. and the conversation devolves into "Faux News" name calling.

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    29. Truth hurts, huh?

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    30. Oh, sorry, I forgot, the TRUTH is that socialized medicine for all is a the cure for the U.S.'s healthcare "problem." I forgot that reasonable minds may disagree on the nature of a problem and its solution. There is but one truth, and anyone that doesn't buy into that truth has got to be a dumbshit redneck that watches Faux News.

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    31. I can hear blood pressures rising from all the way over here. Let's all take a breath.

      Can we all agree that there is no single perfect solution to the healthcare problem? "Obamacare" has flaws, "Trumpcare" has flaws, single-payer has flaws, pure "free market" has flaws. Once we recognize that, we need to ask ourselves which flaws we can live with and which ones we can't.

      On the other hand, maybe I'm wrong. If you can propose a perfect, flawless health care system, I am ready to listen!

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  3. interesting read about Odyssey in California: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170430/13354937275/public-defenders-continue-to-fight-back-against-californias-broken-case-management-software.shtml

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