Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday LinkFest

■ Turns out salt can actually be good for you:

"Simply soaking in a bath of salt water could ease the agony of arthritis."

And you don't need special, expensive, designer salt, either: even plain old table salt will do. Although it seems to me that kosher salt would give the best cure.

■ As we've long noted, the AARP has been working hard against its own members' best interests, so it's nice to see the WSJ picking up on this, as well:

"Thanks to just-released emails from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we now know that AARP worked through 2009-10 ... to pass a health bill that slashes $716 billion from Medicare, strips seniors of choice, and sets the stage for rationing."

Told ya so. And shame on anyone who supports this organization.

■ The good folks at the Council for Disability Awareness tip us to this helpful tool that seeks to educate working Americans about the risks to their incomes from illness or injury. After all, they say, we all face the risk of disability, with way higher odds than most of us might imagine.

Need more proof of our longstanding assertion that health care costs drive health insurance costs?

Wish granted:

"Two of the most prestigious names in Southern California healthcare — Cedars-Sinai and UCLA — are getting shut out of a major insurance plan for being too expensive."

Anthem Blue Cross cut the two A-List facilities from its network roster to rein in overblown expenses. Bet that got someone's attention.
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