Since Health Care  is clearly part of the long term structural economic problems of the USA and 3 of the last 5 comments on the blog have been about heath care (see/click on right hand side of blog for your comments) today’s focus is health care.  But first one of the best adds ever happened to be recently contained in the Atlanta Journal’s personal section –  

How to Advertise 

“SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I’m a very good girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. I’ll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me.. Call (404) 875-6420 and ask for Daisy, I’ll be waiting….”

 See photo of “this perfect babe” after Heath Care section

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The US Heath Care Problem

Ever since Michael Moore’s film Sicko revealed the UN rated our health care system #37 in the world (between Costa Rica and Slovenia) the Heath Care promlem has been a wide open public debate. 

Economist Robert Reich in yesterday’s editorial revealed some of the economics behind the problem’s in US health care problem. “ healthcare in 1994, it represented 14 percent of our GDP, and 38 million Americans were uninsured. Now, the nation spends 16 percent of its GDP on health, and about 44 million of us are uninsured.

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Solutions

Time Magazine this week’s cover story “The Heath Care Crisis Hits Home” offers 5 solutions

  1. “Cover everyone It’s Cheaper” - When uninsured arrive at hospital their usually sicker and cost more.
  2. “Prevention beats Intervention” - Prevention pays and eliminates cost of future problems.
  3. “Realign Doctor’s Initiatives” - Our system focuses on diagnose, test and treat – not on keeping people heathy
  4. “Reinvent Hospitals” - Too many “cafeteria” hospitals
  5. “Go Paperless”- Electronics means fewer errors,duplications and risky drug interactions.
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Perfect Babe

Photo of “the Babe”   This add got over 150 males to call the Atlanta Humane Society. (Many thanks to the women who sent in the perfect add.) I substituted a photo of  my favorite chocolate lab.

AS ALWAYS DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

Stocks

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Index Percentage % Volume
Dow -1.21% down
NASDQ -1.95% down
S&P500 -1.00% down
Russell2000 -2.22% -

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Technicals & Fundamentals

Another day, another fall. This time a declining in below average volume.  

Warning to all those who are short stocks/sectors.  We are long overdue for an oversold technical rally.  A bear market rally could see a quick explosion higher in a short period of time as shorts rush to cover.

The VIX (today’s quote) is still well below November lows. This indicates that the level of fear is not as great as it was in November. Therefore, a long term climax sell off and market reversal seems unlikely. Market’s, of course, do not have to have a huge fear number to turn.  

The Put/Call ratio chart is still well below 1.00 at 0.74.  When the number of Puts (Short positions) = Calls (Long positions) you usually see markets turn.  That number is 1.00  This is another sign of everyone whose going to sell has and only strong holders remain.

Two of our secondary indicators continue to point slightly positive – LIBOR & BDSI (see charts on side of blog). Treasury Bonds have slipped a bit = Bearish.

Bernanke this AM (EST) is calling for Regulations to Prevent Future Crisis

 

Long Term Outlook = BEARS RULE

See STRATEGY, POSITIONS, OVERVIEW  & ARCHIVES sections of blog for more

AS ALWAYS DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH BEFORE INVESTING!

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