Last year I went pretty off-topic with a lengthy, in-the-weeds post about my experience shopping for, buying and driving an electric vehicle for the first time which received a decent level of attention.

I didn't actually get around to writing up the post until June, but I actually bought the car, a 2022 Kia Niro EV, in early March...March 5, 2022 to be precise, almost exactly one year ago.

With a year of real world driving (including an 1,100 mile (round trip) road trip from Metro Detroit to the District of Columbia) baked in, I figured this would be a good time to post an update on how things are going for those who've never owned an EV and are wondering about the good, the bad & the ugly of the experience.

Before I get started, I should take a moment to note that the EV industry and market have both gone through some tumultuous changes over the past 12 months, including (but not limited to):

Regular readers may have noticed that I barely posted anything on the site last week, with good reason: I was out of town. I drove out to DC for a few days, ostensibly to attend the annual National Institute of Health Care Media (NIHCM) Awards Dinner, where I was a finalist in the Digital Media category this year.

(I didn't win, but that's OK...the competition was extremely impressive and it really was an honor just to be nominated, really!)

This was the fifth time I've visited the nation's capital, but the first time that I've driven. It's also the first road trip I've taken in an electric car, a brand-new 2022 Kia Niro EV (it replaced my 17-year-old Hyundai which was so badly rusted underneath that my mechanic was surprised it survived the past winter).

I don't often post blog entries about non-healthcare related issues, but I've had a lot of folks express curiosity about what it's like owning/driving an EV in the real world, so I figured this trip (which was, after all, for a healthcare awards dinner, and I also had healthcare policy meetings with a couple of folks on Capitol Hill) would be a good case study to give some thoughts on the subject.


The Israel/Palestine situation is, as folks know, an ugly mess. Like so many other American Jews, I'm horrified by the draconian actions of the Netanyahu Administration in Israel. Emotions are high and the rise of both Islamophobia and Antisemitism here in the United States sure as hell doesn't help matters.

Last night I posted something on Twitter which was simultaneously incredibly stupid and potentially harmful to someone's career (it turns out it won't be, but I didn't know that at the time). Then I made things worse by inadvertently blocking the same person (I didn't realize I had done so until someone ripped on me for doing so); I immediately unblocked them and apologized for well as apologizing profusely and repeatedly for the original screwup...but...yeah, too late.

It was one of those things where the more you try to explain/apologize the worse you make things.

I don't know whether the subject of my original tweet has accepted my apology or not as of yet (they haven't responded to it one way or the other as of this writing). I do know that at least a couple of people who I respect quite a bit have either rightly slammed me or, in at least one case, outright blocked me.

As you might imagine, I was also dogpiled by a bunch of people tearing me apart over both the original (since deleted) tweet, the block, and the rest of it.

Anyway, I screwed up royally, then compounded the screwup, and feel like crap at the moment, as I should.

That's all.

OK, this is about xenophobia, bigotry, antisemitism and stupidity, not healthcare...but I couldn't resist:

The woman who wants to be the next President of the United States is not wearing an American flag lapel pin tonight. #DemsInPhilly

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) July 29, 2016

@KatiePavlich no but Bill has one in arabic from last night...

— Michael Lowerre (@bigmikeinfla) July 29, 2016

@bigmikeinfla @KatiePavlich That's Hebrew

— Dan Mangan (@_DanMangan) July 29, 2016


OK, this is totally off-topic, and I know I'm gonna face an earful in the comments over this, but I have to make a few comments on the ongoing "Democratic Superdelegate" brouhaha amongst Bernie Sanders's supporters.

First of all, there are 712 "unpledged" delegates (or "superdelegates") for the Democratic Party this year out of 4,763 total. That's around 15% of all Democratic delegates. The eventual nominee needs at least 2,382 total delegates to win the nomination.

So, it's important to keep in mind that pledged delegates from primaries and caucuses determine around 85% of the total. It's the remaining 15% who people are getting all worked up about.

Normally, of course, this isn't an issue because one candidate or another ends up securing more than half of the grand total via the caucuses/primaries anyway, making the SDs a moot point.

OK, this is not only off topic, it's not even a particularly significant issue, but it bugs me because...well, frankly, because it's about my hometown.

Over on Twitter, several pundits/reporters have made this claim:

Trump dominated Oakland County Michigan, which includes Mitt Romney's hometown. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 9, 2016

Childhood home of Willard Mitt Romney.

— Amy Sullivan (@sullivanamy) March 9, 2016

While this makes for a fun “Isn’t It Ironic??” meme, it’s not the case at all.

“Oakland County” has a whopping 1.23 million people, and includes very un-Romney cities like Pontiac, Southfield and so forth.


Yes, this is off topic. No, I don't care tonight.

Yes, the entire Republican debate was a revolting, disgusting, putrid embarrassment from start to finish (with the odd exception of the moderators from FOX News, who actually did a great job).

However, forget about the discussion of Donald Trump's penis size which opened the evening (no, I'm not making that up, and no, it's not a metaphor).

There are only two parts of the travesty which deserves any attention whatsoever. First, this exchange:

So here it is...Super Tuesday. Unless the GOP base suddenly decides that they don't want a xenophobic, misogynistic, hate-mongering, con-artist moron to be their standard-bearer, it's looking very likely that by the time midnight rolls around, Donald Drumpf will indeed be almost unstoppable as the Republican Presidential Nominee for 2016.

Which means, aside from the GOP establishment being on collective suicide watch, Mr. Drumpf will have to think about who his running mate will be for the general election.

First, the legal issues:

I like Chris Hayes. He's the host of MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes". I wrote a post about the interview he did with former GOP Senator Judd Gregg, in which Gregg showed a jaw-dropping ignorance of basic statistics. I received a lot of traffic from Hayes last month thanks to him retweeting my post about Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin officially pulling the plug on the kynect exchange. Hell, Hayes even cited my work/this website on his show about two years ago, at the tail end of the 2014 Open Enrollment period (even if he didn't know who I actually was). So believe me when I say that I'm not posting this lightly.

However...this is simply embarrassing:

As a progressive Democrat, I was thrilled when I heard Donald Trump was entering the Presidential race as a Republican, for obvious reasons.

I've been as guilty as anyone of treating Donald Trump like an entertainer, a joke.

For months, I've described Trump as being "Zaphod Beeblebrox with a mean streak". More recently I revised this to "Part Zaphod Beeblebrox, part Andrew Dice Clay".

The truth is, though, he wasn't being funny when he allegedly sexually assaulted his then-wife Ivana (even if she's since "recanted" her deposition testimony) many years ago.

He wasn't being funny when he went full racist birther on President Obama in 2012.

He wasn't being funny when he called Mexican immigrants "rapists" earlier this year.