It’s been two months since Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan Chase announced a triple-threat partnership to improve health care for their collective 1.2 million employees, and ultimately a better program for all Americans.So far we have heard nothing from the companies, except a flurry of outside opinions about Prime Health and coughing into Alexa to diagnose the flu. Fortune confides that the Seattle company’s real plan is to control and data mine “your individual biology.”The theory I’ve heard that stands up best is this: They’re coming after the middleman. These extractionary players are chockablock in the health care industry, which Warren Buffett calls the “tapeworm of the U.S. economy.” Insurance companies take 20 cents of every health dollar off the top, but there’s friction in all spending categories. For every dollar spent on drugs, 41 cents gets taken by such middlemen as the pharmacy or the formulary … [Read more...] about What Amazon & Co. should fix first in our health care system
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The NCAA tournament is, deservedly, one of the highlights of the American sports calendar. For three weeks, the nation stops and revels in last-second shots, dramatic upsets and Cinderella runs by unfamiliar teams — the latest being Loyola’s remarkable trip to the Final Four.But for everything that is great about the tournament, one very important thing is not: the basketball itself.Before anyone gets their haunches up, though, this isn't a re-litigation of the alleged debate over whether the NBA is better than college basketball. The answer to that is obvious.This is an attempt to bring the sport into the modern era and to make it more enjoyable to sit and watch a college game at any point of the season — not just in March, when the stakes are highest.So here are 10 proposed changes to open up the game and make it far more enjoyable to watch. Most importantly, these changes would fix what is truly college basketball's biggest problem: the over-involvement of its … [Read more...] about The NCAA tournament is great — except for the actual basketball. Here’s how to fix that.
I had a Keurig coffee machine, and it broke. I replaced with a Hamilton Beach machine that used K-Cups, and it made coffee that tasted like liquefied Silly Putty. So I got another Keurig, and after two years of making one cup a day, it broke. Naturally, I started shopping for another. Some of you are appalled: "No, no! That is not how you make coffee. You must grind the beans yourself by rubbing them individually against a nail file until you have an ounce of powder, and then you carefully pour over distilled water boiled on an open flame, and press it down with one hand while stroking your freshly waxed beard with the other. All other coffee is garbage and the equivalent of squatting in the mud while shoving McDonald's hamburgers into your face." Yeah, OK. Look, I love good coffee, especially since I grew up on bad coffee. The stuff in the church basement? One scoop of Butter-Nut for every gallon of water. It made a urine sample look like a glass of Guinness. Restaurant coffee was … [Read more...] about Lileks: 3 ways to fix that piece of junk you’ll buy again
close Video Sadie Robertson pens new book 'Live Fearless' Fox411: The former 'Duck Dynasty' star tells Fox News how she conquered fear by putting her trust in God. In the process of telling the truth about what you feel or what you see, each of us has to get in touch with himself or herself in a really deep, serious way. -June Jordan Have you ever had a time in your life when you just felt ugly? Maybe it was because you had a breakout, or you got a bad haircut, or that outfit you thought would look so good on you doesn’t really look good on you at all. We all know the kinds of ugly I’m talking about. Once, when I was in high school, I got the worst haircut ever. I didn’t like the way my hair fell in my eyes as I ran up and down the basketball court, so I called my hairdresser to ask for a quick trim. She couldn’t do it, and neither could anyone else I knew. Our team was scheduled to start a tournament the next day, and I thought I had to have a … [Read more...] about Sadie Robertson: Fixing a bad haircut is easy, but fixing what’s inside is hard — How to exhale the ugly