Morning Coffee Break: Collegiate minds and ideological conformity; healthcare reform vs. one-size-fits all; agreeing with Bill Maher; the VA scandal – Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Calling all universities and faculties.  Your role is to teach students to have inquiring minds coupled with critical thinking skills that will enable them to create better lives for themselves and others.   Apparently, I’m not alone in thinking we fall far short of that goal today.  Instead of debate, we’re having ideological hegemony.
  • Healthcare reform that leads to better healthcare outcomes for all vs. Obamacare’s one-size-fits-all.  “Patients must be free to choose a health plan that is tailored to their needs, not one with benefit mandates created by special interests.”
  • Never thought I’d be writing this, but Maher is spot on in his assessment of free speech.  Who wants to be reduced to having the only place you can have free speech is in your mind.
  • Speaking of scandals, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki still needs to answer for VA screwups and red tape that cost 40 veterans’ lives at an Arizona facility.  However, mounting evidence suggests that the mismanagement is more widespread.  Shinseki will be appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee this Thursday, May 15.

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