More and more doctors are dropping Medicaid; more and more patients are unable to continue to see their doctors. The cuts come as states anticipate losing federal aid and try to close budget gaps, reports TheNew York Times. These kind of low-reimbursement rates are what many fear with a single-payer system. And, to some extent, critics are right that the government would regulate rates. But, of course, it's entirely different to have an insurance system that only provides for the neediest and a system that collects premium contributions from and pays for everyone.
Tomorrow, the Federal Communications Commission will reveal it's plan for increasing Internet access, but some of the highlights were revealed today. The goals include getting fast broadband access to 100 million households by 2020, and getting television stations to give up their unused frequencies for wireless Internet service providers. The last part is likely to meet resistance, writes the Associated Press.
The Union of Concerned Scientists, growing impatient, criticizes the Obama administration for taking too long on needed reforms. The director from the group's scientific integrity program, Francesca Grifo, notes that President Obama promised as a candidate to end political interference with science.
The New York City Council has finally decided to look into the police department's policy of saving personal information gathered during a stop-and-frisk, the Daily Newsreports. The department had been storing information from people who were stopped but not charged or accused of any wrongdoing in a database that could be searched by law enforcement officials.
After I wrote a column supporting New York's latest effort to tax sugary drinks, I read RaceWire's column on how it's just another tax to hurt poor people. While, yes, sales taxes are regressive, decrying this tax as a social justice issue misses the point.