@TeaCamelPyramid Aah! I love Pittsburgh! How all the buildings are up on the hills all around you, it's like that Paris scene from 'Inception,' so cute and cozy.
@EvanDeSimone Once, I dropped a bottle of wine just outside the door. I went back in to apologize and report the mess and the clerk said, "Whatever, just get another one." Ever since then, I've only purchased wine at Dominicks. Lifehack.
@The Mole Also, Mike threw away the evidence! (jk love you Mike)
@Morbo Yes, how to structure anything to avoid circumvention? Always a problem.
Also too much care. If you (doctor) know the government is going to pay for the operation, why not order it, even if unnecessary? Can you (patient) imagine being cut on for no reason? Then getting infection, but doctor can charge to treat that too! Very terrible. Would be nice to move to outcome-based compensation for physicians, but how to structure and how to overcome hurdles to get there?
Jia: I have complete confidence in your ability to write a bestselling YA dystopian trilogy, just putting that out there.
C. once set up a social worker appointment for a guy being discharged from the hospital, but the appointment was on the other side of town and the hospital was out of bus passes, and he had no money to buy one. He asked what he could do, and all she could do was shrug and show him the door. (FYI, she would've been fired if she'd given him money from her own wallet.)
@deepomega Preserving anonymity in negotiations with debt sellers who would not knowingly deal with Rolling Jubilee? That could be a partial explanation.
Charmingly, they answered my questions on the earlier post! Apparently, "All Board members are authorized to individually sign checks up to $10,000," just isn't true? It'd be helpful to have some clarification of that, given the policies Smith links to. It would be nice if they wouldn't use the word "theoretical" as a sort of disparagement of the concern for possible misappropriation of funds. I don't see anyone saying it's happened yet, but it certainly could. Saying that it would be caught isn't enough. Once money is spent on drugs, racehorses, or family member's medical bills, you can't get it back. Best to put in place technical barriers to limit the damage ahead of time.
@Rolling Jubilee Thanks for drafting this response! I appreciate your explanation that, while it may look that little is happening, you are planning to use the large donations you’ve received, and are simply taking the time to make sure you do it right. But a question remains for me. Your response says that it is "simply not true" that "individual board members have the power to spend significant amounts of Rolling Jubilee funds." So does that mean that Smith's statement that individual board members can write $10,000 checks is just not true? Your response doesn't explicitly deny that specific allegation, and I think it would be helpful to be crystal clear. Imagine a board member who falls into bad decision-making due to desperate personal circumstances (not hard to imagine, I should think). What would stop that board member from quickly dissipating a large amount of money? Your response focuses on reassurance that nothing like this has happened yet, which I appreciate, but it’s not clear to me what safeguards are in place to keep it from happening. Thanks!