How the movie has changed with the coronavirus …Yes, it is logical too. We see that there are Champions League games that are being played behind closed doors and it was seen coming a bit that LaLiga would take preventive measures. Because it is clear that if you take it, at least you will be a couple of weeks in quarantine. Not only for us who play soccer, but anyone for health reasons. In Mestalla it was already played behind closed doors, what do you think of this type of measures?I understand that in the end it is for the common good, for the social good. But obviously the sports spectacle because it diminishes it and with what was played Valencia was going to suffer it, it was clear.Derby behind closed doors or suspension …I think he had never played a game behind closed doors. It would be strange. But I think it would affect them more than it affects us. Because in the end it is his field, his audience, who also experience it in a special way for being a derby. A certain percentage that we would earn there I think …If they play, what do you expect from the match?Well, I think we have to go out and do our job. I think they have a great team and I don’t know how the wear of the Champions League will have affected them in a decisive match for them. The first part of the journey is the way to go; But of course, then they play well and even if they don’t have their best game they have players who make the difference, with which you have to play a very complete game.Would you imagine achieving the first victory in Mestalla without an audience?It was going to be remembered because there will not be an audience, because it would not be bad if this were the first to be won there. We are aware of this and hopefully the truth would be very nice.His passage through the derbies in Valencia are not understood without that goal annulled by the push of Paulista. It could have been the first joy in Mestalla (it was 1-2 in the final stretch of the match in 2017-18).That’s it … He was wrong at the time and what are you going to do. We all wanted to bump our heads against the wall because the situation of the team was complicated. Also, it was 1-2, I think it would be the seventy minute, or that way, you were already ahead. But hey, at that moment you get very angry about everything that involved, also in a derby. But, well, that’s it. Hopefully we can put 1-2 in the seventies this time.With VAR the story would have changed …Man, if they don’t cancel that with VAR, imagine … And in full Fallas …I couldn’t come another time. Nor can they prohibit people from going out on the street, that is impossible. But I think we all have to put a little common sense, and not stay locked up at home, but we do avoid certain things … Being one of the heavyweights in the group, how do you assess the situation of the team?Look, the other day, I don’t know if it was Guardiola, he said that in Champions it is very difficult to be superior to your rival for a long time and that you have to take advantage of it. The same thing happens to us, we are not much superior to many First Division teams. The other day you have to make it 2-0, you don’t and obviously the other team is going to have its moment. It is true that it can be said that we are not very regular. But what is to be regular, to win all the matches? It is true that the other day you have to make it 2-0 and the game would have been much more controlled; you don’t and in any move they can tie you. But I see the team well, especially I think that we have grown from the beginning of the season to here and it is more reliable in terms of game. The disposition of the team in the matches is very recognizable and I think the team competes against anyone and in almost any match. Maybe some of the things haven’t turned out, but I think the dynamics are good.Miramón would arrive touched to the meeting, do you see yourself with options to be a starter?Well, I do not know. I train every week thinking that I am going to play, in order to help the team. I do not think further, because in the end you are training every day to that end. You have to play or you do not. You have to work and then since the decision is up to the coach.How do you personally face your role this season?Well, it’s true that I’m not playing much. But I still feel important in the team, I think respected and considered by all my teammates, because I think we have a great group. Now it is true that I am in a situation where I do not play much, but I think I have to continue to contribute things every day in training and face games in a slightly different way. But I always try to help, contribute my experiences if they can be useful to a partner and when I have to play try to do well.How does the player coexist with criticism when he is not at his best?You first have to be aware of the world you are in. You are exposed to public opinion and many times your work is determined based on whether you win a game or lose. Not even for your personal or team performances. From there, criticism does not have to harm you mentally and always try to maintain a line and a spirit towards work and what you should do. Neither for good nor for bad.Without being his best season in sports, on a personal level he is in a sweet moment …Obviously, on a personal level it is one of the happiest moments. Enjoying this process a lot (he will soon be a father). And it is true that I am not playing and I do not know if with age you learn to relativize everything a little. You cannot base your life and happiness in quotes, because you don’t play. I spend it every day here training you to shit. I enjoy day to day a lot, traveling with my colleagues, in my life I am of course enjoying it a lot and if I played it would be milk … But you have to relativize everything and you cannot lose that you are in a good time or you are happy or joyful because you play or don’t play.With the number of laps he has taken in his career and he is going to have a Valencian son …Yes, the truth is (laughs). And, look, my girlfriend is from Cádiz, I wouldn’t mind if she was from Cádiz, and I was from Madrid. Well look, the truth that we are here at ease, with which in a place where you are at ease because everything that happens to you, and on top of that, it will be good.
Viewpoints: David Brooks’ Formula To Avoid Cliff; Krugman Says Control Costs, Don’t Cut Coverage This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The New York Times: The Truly Grand Bargain Republicans should go to the White House and say they are willing to see top tax rates go up to 36 percent or 37 percent and they are willing to forgo a debt-ceiling fight for this year. This is a big political concession, but it’s not much of an economic one. … In return, Republicans should also ask for some medium-size entitlement cuts as part of the fiscal cliff down payment. … But the big demand would be this: That on March 15, 2013, both parties would introduce leader-endorsed tax and entitlement reform bills in Congress that would bring the debt down to 60 percent of G.D.P. by 2024 and 40 percent by 2037, as scored by the Congressional Budget Office (David Brooks, 12/3). The New York Times: The House Makes An Offer The proposal … purports to raise $800 billion in revenue over a decade by ending deductions and loopholes, while allowing the Bush-era tax cuts for the rich to continue. It would cut $1.2 trillion in spending, half of which would come from Medicare, Medicaid, and other health programs, including an increase in the Medicare eligibility age to 67. Another $600 billion would be cut from other unspecified spending (12/3). The New York Times: It’s Health Care Costs, Stupid The point is that if you want to control Medicare costs, you can’t do it by kicking a small number of relatively young seniors off the program; to control costs, you have to, you know, control costs. And the truth is that we know a lot about how to do that — after all, every other advanced country has much lower health costs than we do, and even within the U.S., the VHA and even Medicaid are much better at controlling costs than Medicare, and even more so relative to private insurance. The key is having a health insurance system that can say no — no, we won’t pay premium prices for drugs that are little if any better, we won’t pay for medical procedures that yield little or no benefit (Paul Krugman, 12/3). The New York Times’ Opinionator: From All Sides, Fiscal Plans Fall Far Short Of What’s Needed We don’t yet know whether our economy will take the icy plunge off the fiscal cliff, but do we know this: At present course and speed, any budget deal that emerges from the intense brinkmanship now under way would fall short of every sensible ambition for fiscal reform (Steven Rattner, 12/3).The Washington Post: In ‘Cliff Talks,’ Obama On Brink Of Disaster While Obama was inviting Republicans to capitulate aboard the USS Missouri, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and 32 other Senate Democrats signed a letter declaring, “We will oppose including Social Security cuts for future or current beneficiaries in any deficit reduction package.” Not in a year-end package, mind you, but in any package. 14 Senate Democrats wrote a letter opposing any changes to Medicare or Medicaid as well. It will be hard for Obama and the Democrats to blame the GOP for taking us over the fiscal cliff when they are the ones cheering for going over the edge (Marc A. Thiessen, 12/3). Kansas City Star: Why Medicare And Medicaid Remain Popular ProgramsThey say Social Security is the third rail of American politics: Touch it and you die. That extends to Medicare and even Medicaid as well. I’d like to take this opportunity to remind President Barack Obama and members of both parties in Congress of why that is. If you are an ordinary American worker, you might be unlucky enough to learn a new buzzword in the health care industry: memory care. It refers to the health care assistance some older people need to do basic things like take the correct pills at the right time or remember whether they already ate lunch. This care is incredibly expensive — several thousand dollars a month in a live-in facility (Mary Sanchez, 12/3)The Washington Post: Extending Leadership On Disability Issues Today, the United States has an opportunity to show leadership and reduce the challenges that millions of disabled people around the world face every day: The Senate can vote to join the U.N. treaty on rights for people with disabilities. By encouraging other nations to strengthen their own accessibility laws, we can improve the lives of our 56.7 million disabled U.S. citizens, including 5.5 million disabled veterans like me, when we travel and work abroad. Many of those opposing this treaty claim to support military veterans, but a vote against ratifying this treaty undercuts that support (Dan Berschinski, 12/3). The Wall Street Journal: Doctor Dissident At 20 minutes after-hours, a handful of patients sit in the front office of Vladimir Gressel’s multi-specialty practice. A few seniors, a young man and a mother and daughter are still waiting to see one of the clinic’s two GPs or its cardiologist, podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon. They will not, however, be seeing Dr. Gressel, the physiatrist who co-owns and manages East Shore Medical. The Belarus-born doctor took a hiatus five months ago from treating patients. Now, facing four more years of President Obama, he’s considering a permanent end to his doctoring days, at least in this country (Anne Jolis, 12/3). The Dallas Morning News: Parkland Must Prove Reforms Are Effective In PracticeToday is an important day for Parkland Health & Hospital System officials. They will tell their Board of Managers that 91 percent of the action items in their Corrective Action Plan have been completed and 95 percent are on schedule to make deadline…. The question now for Parkland officials is whether they can turn their reforms from checklists to reality. In effect, they are most of the way through the written portion of their exam. What follows is more critical: proving that those plans actually work in practice and are hard-wired throughout their organization (12/3).The Seattle Times: Physicians Group’s Compelling Case For Over-The-Counter Birth ControlIn recent news reports, the FDA has signaled a willingness to explore the issue, even if no drugmakers have publicly expressed interest. They must consider cost, whether the insured would still be covered and the role of pharmacists. The bottom line is that access to family planning is essential to ensure children in Washington are born when their parents are ready (12/3).WBUR: Cognoscenti: The Pill Without A Prescription: It’s TimeContraception, as everybody knows by now, was a hot button political issue this fall. (Haven’t we fought this fight already?) But perhaps, given the election results, the time is finally nigh to come to our collective senses and do as the ob/gyns recommend – make birth control pills available to women of any age, any time, at any pharmacy, no doctor visit or prescription needed (Judy Foreman, 12/3). The Arizona Central: Brewer Move OK For NowCiting high anticipated costs and other reservations, Gov. Jan Brewer declined the option to create an Arizona-based online health-care exchange under the new Affordable Care Act. By doing so, Brewer is ceding control over Arizona’s health-care marketplace to the federal government — not a good idea, overall. Still, the governor’s reasons for declining to set up the exchange are defensible. Should it prove to be in Arizona’s better interests in the years to come to establish its own exchange, the decision is not irrevocable (12/4).Medpage Today: The Medical HomeBut in my mind, the single most important factor is the absence of good information readily available in the settings of what is often labeled today as “the medical home.” Notice there are two ingredients in that formula. When I started my television career 40 years ago, there was a paucity of good health information readily available to the public. Today there is a lot of good information but, unfortunately, it is often lost in the tsunami of information pouring over the public. So a key factor in controlling healthcare costs and avoiding unnecessary care is helping people find – and trust – good information (Dr. Timothy Johnson, 12/3).San Jose Mercury News: Chronically Ill Californians In Danger Of Going Over CliffAs Americans turn their focus from the recent elections to the talks over federal deficit reduction and the “fiscal cliff,” millions of chronically ill California patients face a very real threat. If Congress does not act now, more than $1 trillion in automatic federal budget cuts will begin Jan. 2, and access to care for California patients living with arthritis, mental illness, autoimmune disorders and countless other conditions will be imperiled (Monica L. Johnson, 12/3).