Farewell. The Flying Pig Has Left The Building.

Steve Hynd, August 16, 2012

After four years on the Typepad site, eight years total blogging, Newshoggers is closing it's doors today. We've been coasting the last year or so, with many of us moving on to bigger projects (Hey, Eric!) or simply running out of blogging enthusiasm, and it's time to give the old flying pig a rest.

We've done okay over those eight years, although never being quite PC enough to gain wider acceptance from the partisan "party right or wrong" crowds. We like to think we moved political conversations a little, on the ever-present wish to rush to war with Iran, on the need for a real Left that isn't licking corporatist Dem boots every cycle, on America's foreign misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We like to think we made a small difference while writing under that flying pig banner. We did pretty good for a bunch with no ties to big-party apparatuses or think tanks.

Those eight years of blogging will still exist. Because we're ending this typepad account, we've been archiving the typepad blog here. And the original blogger archive is still here. There will still be new content from the old 'hoggers crew too. Ron writes for The Moderate Voice, I post at The Agonist and Eric Martin's lucid foreign policy thoughts can be read at Democracy Arsenal.

I'd like to thank all our regular commenters, readers and the other bloggers who regularly linked to our posts over the years to agree or disagree. You all made writing for 'hoggers an amazingly fun and stimulating experience.

Thank you very much.

Note: This is an archive copy of Newshoggers. Most of the pictures are gone but the words are all here. There may be some occasional new content, John may do some posts and Ron will cross post some of his contributions to The Moderate Voice so check back.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What if?

By John Ballard

Joe Paduda asks the question. 

If health reform is overturned...then what?

PPACA is overturned, the number of uninsured is on a path to 20% of the population, the insurance death spiral accelerates, and the new Congress and President can't/won't do anything about it.

Can someone tell me how the free market fixes this problem? What insurance company is going to seek to cover families and small businesses with significant pre-existing conditions? Which, by the way, more and more of us have?

I'm not worried. I'm sure that between them the Supreme Court and the GOP have a pony somewhere in the back room which will then some skipping around to everyone's happy surprise. 

1 comment:

  1. "Can someone tell me how the free market fixes this problem?" It doesn't, which is why Obama and the Democratic Party were idiots to craft a "health care reform" package that relied on the "free market system" for its implementation. Some of us were rather angrily saying so at the time.