The healthcare industry should take design cues from Lyft and Airbnb


In 1966, when life expectancy in the United States was 70 years, nearly three-quarters of Americans said they had great confidence in medical providers, but by 2012 this number had fallen to just one-third of Americans—even though we had gained another eight years of life on average over that time.

No doubt this mistrust has little to with medicine itself and everything to do with economic anxiety.

Medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy for American households. We get far less for our money in the United States for medical treatment compared to other countries, while at the same time being required to navigate a confusing bureaucracy that demands we unravel Kafkaesque intricacies of insurance enrollment, FSAs, HSAs, co-payments, and pre-existing conditions to get the services we need.

It’s hard to have confidence in an inefficient system that threatens to leave you destitute if you take advantage of its benefits.

Source: The healthcare industry should take design cues from Lyft and Airbnb

Analysts Foresee Supply Chain Impact from Chip Hack Report | EE Times

Analysts said the impact of the reported spying will be substantial.

“There’s going to be structural changes in how hardware gets validated, tested and approved across the supply chain following this,” Arete Research analyst Brett Simpson said to EE Times.

“We’ve lost the trust factor — and where something is made will get scrutinized until steps are taken to get that trust factor back. Geopolitics and tech are becoming intertwined and that’s the new normal we have to live with.”

One of the results may be higher manufacturing costs.

Source: Analysts Foresee Supply Chain Impact from Chip Hack Report | EE Times

Tariffs Will Depress Board Sales | EE Times

After January you will pay $1,500 for a 2080 Ti and $1,000 for the 2080. U.S. consumers will be paying that tax, not the Chinese government as some politicians would like you to believe.

The price increases will provide opportunities for some smart people who will buy and hold the new AIBs (add-in boards). When the price goes up, they will sell them on eBay for only 15% more than today’s price and make a nice profit. That won’t help the GPU or AIB suppliers, already nervous about the last generation of AIBs bought for mining being dumped on eBay and killing new sales.

The falloff in sales could reflect back into the supply-chain as orders from the AIB and GPU builders are cut back. That could swell inventory levels, making balance sheets for the graphics superstars look like a mid-western cereal company’s financial report.

As a result, we could see layoffs in the supply chain, mostly in China, that could have the perverse effect of increasing costs reflected six months later in higher end-user prices. The process could trigger a feedback-loop that could look like a death-spiral.

Source: Tariffs Will Depress Board Sales | EE Times

Five changes Democrats will seek at the Pentagon if they win power in Congress | Military & Aerospace Electronics


Here are five defense priorities Democrats identify if they win back the majority:

  • trimming the defense budget;
  • cutting off military support in Yemen;
  • more oversight of special operations;
  • reversing Trump’s transgender troops ban; and
  • blocking a low-yield nuclear weapon.

Few Democrats argue that the military is not facing readiness issues, yet the military needs to be “smart” about how it spends its money, says U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Source: Five changes Democrats will seek at the Pentagon if they win power in Congress – Military & Aerospace Electronics

How the Midterms Will Test Trump’s Hold on the GOP | Time


Trump’s strong support in the rural heartland offers a window into his resilience among Republican voters across the country.

It’s not just farmers who are weighing the pros and cons of Trump’s controversial presidency and coming down on his side. The business community nationwide hates tariffs but finds plenty to like in the December 2017 tax law, which cut individual and corporate rates.

Some suburban Republicans can’t stand Trump’s bombastic style but find smug, knee-jerk liberals even worse. As long as he’s owning the opposition and shaking up Washington, they’re with him.

Source: How the Midterms Will Test Trump’s Hold on the GOP | Time

Adelson drops tens of millions more to save the GOP Congress | POLITICO


Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is pumping tens of millions of dollars more into Republican Party coffers in an 11th-hour push to save their congressional majorities, according to two senior Republicans familiar with the donation.

The contributions were made to a pair of GOP super PACs tied to congressional Republicans, Senate Leadership Fund and Congressional Leadership Fund. They are expected to be reported in public filings with the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15.

Source: Adelson drops tens of millions more to save the GOP Congress – POLITICO

Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later | The Nation


Now, “Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later” evaluates how well the Democratic Party has done in charting a new course since the autumn of 2017. This report rates developments in each of the seven categories that the original report assessed.

The upsurge of progressive activism and electoral victories during the last year has created momentum that could lead to historic breakthroughs in the midterm elections and far beyond. Realizing such potential will require transforming and energizing the Democratic Party.

Source: Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later | The Nation

October 7, 2018 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

October 7, 2018

1. S.Res.610 [115th] A resolution urging the release of information regarding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks upon the United States.
2. H.R.302 [115th] FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018
3. H.R.6157 [115th] Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019
4. H.R.5428 [115th] Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
5. H.R.6 [115th] SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act
6. H.R.38 [115th] Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
7. H.R.4 [115th] FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018
8. H.R.1 [115th] An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
9. H.R.5515 [115th] John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019
10. H.R.392 [115th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017

Source: Most-Viewed Bills – Congress.gov Resources –

Democrats Widen Generic Ballot Advantage One Month Out From Midterms


The latest Morning Consult/Politico survey shows 48 percent of voters backing a Democratic candidate if the election for Congress were held today, compared with 38 percent who said they’d vote for a Republican candidate.

That share of support for Democrats is the highest it’s been since Morning Consult and Politico began tracking the question in March 2017.

Source: Democrats Widen Generic Ballot Advantage One Month Out From Midterms

RealClearPolitics | Election 2018 – North Dakota Senate – Cramer vs. Heitkamp

For decades, this state was as solidly Republican as the South was Democratic.

But the North Dakota Republican Party was a very different kind of Republican Party from the one we’re accustomed to today. Its economic policies were dictated by the Non Partisan League, a socialist group that dominated politics in the Great Plains during the first half of the 20th century.

And so, North Dakota produced Republican senators such as Gerald Nye, who were generally supportive of the New Deal but were also skeptical of foreign entanglements.

The state-owned grain silos and bank grew out of the actions of this Republican Party. But after the Roosevelt administration, such progressive impulses were largely confined to the Democratic Party, which began to grow in the state.

Source: RealClearPolitics – Election 2018 – North Dakota Senate – Cramer vs. Heitkamp