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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Duck Boats: Floating And Rolling Death Traps

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.


The Missouri business that modified the tourist boat on which 17 people died didn’t follow federal vehicle design or manufacturing standards, according to a lawsuit in Washington state where five people were killed and dozens injured in an earlier accident.

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Our nation’s agencies that are supposed to protect motorists and tourists – the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – have allowed these duck boats to continue to operate. The Seattle fatalities and now the Missouri ones call into question our nation’s commitment to safety and Trump’s inaugural promise that his administration would be looking out for

ordinary Americans.…

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Maker Of Deadly Duck Boats Sought Safety Waiver From Federal Agency

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.


Federal regulators fined the company that built a tourist boat on which 17 people died in Missouri up to $1 million for a Seattle accident that killed five people, but the company still tried to dodge federal safety requirements for the boats.

Ride the Ducks International hired Jackie Glassman, the former top attorney for the federal agency that regulates vehicle safety, during the federal probe into the 2015 accident. The company agreed to bring its duck boats, which operate on land and water, into compliance with federal safety standards or ask for waivers.

Glassman, former chief counsel for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told federal officials that 105 of the duck boats didn’t meet federal requirements for fire safety and their hoods and windshields.…

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Warning Label: Health Insurers ‘Vacuum Up’ Personal Data About Consumers

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.


Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month’s health insurance industry gathering in San Diego aren’t very compelling. A handful of companies pitching “lifestyle” data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like “social determinants of health.”

But dig deeper and the implications of what they’re selling might give many patients pause: A future in which everything you do — the things you buy, the food you eat, the time you spend watching TV — may help determine how much you pay for health insurance.

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