Commonwealth Fund finds that wait times for medical appointments are, in fact, not longer in single-payer countries than they are here. Then again, those of us who've actually had to see the doctor know full well we have to wait for appointments in Our Glorious Free Market System. Oh, and by the way, our healthcare system is still way more expensive than it has to be, because it's a Glorious Free Market System.
Speaking of Universal Healthcare Lies, factcheck.org catches Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) telling folks that Consumer Reports told people not to sign up on healthcare.gov because of fraud. Actually, Consumer Reports told people that they might want to wait a bit to sign up on healthcare.gov because the site might be working better by then, not because of fraud. Don't expect Mr. McCarthy to clear the air, since being a Republican means never having to say you're sorry.
Hawaii state Rep, fed up with the homeless situation, starts taking a sledgehammer to the shopping carts the homeless use to store their belongings -- though he brings the carts he finds in good condition back to local markets. I hope the writer intends dry sarcasm with phrases like "novel approach" and "pitching in," because anyone who'd take a sledgehammer to a person's last few possessions is six ball bearings short of Captain Queeg.
Mother Jones informs us that WalMart could pay their employees almost $15/hour if they'd just stop spending $7.6 billion annually to buy back their own stock, which drives up their stock prices. I'd challenge anyone who retorts that it's their money to tell me how goosing up your portfolio in this manner is somehow work.
Ho hum, the Washington Post hypes Paul Ryan's as-yet-unreleased plan to combat poverty, quoting no less than six right-wing sources for "analysis" (like their fingers are too broken to dial Citizens for Tax Justice or Public Citizen!) and conveniently forgetting how miserable Mr. Ryan's former Roadmap to Nowhere would have been for poor people. I guess they think it's only important to point out these clothes have no emperor when the empty suit's running for national office.
Finally, the five surviving members of Monty Python's Flying Circus plan to get together for their first live show since 1998. It would be hard to underestimate Monty Python's influence on my generation. I just hope they've written dynamite new material, like Kids in the Hall did for their 2002 shows.