Notice: Trying to get property 'term_id' of non-object in /mnt/stor3-wc2-dfw1/509309/blogtest2.independent.org/web/content/wp-content/plugins/sharethis-share-buttons/php/class-minute-control.php on line 384
 
Archive for January, 2014
“I Felt Like a Hostage”: Toward a Solution for Medical Price Transparency

I recently wrote an article critical of a business group’s approach to improving transparency of prices for medical and hospital procedures. However, as noted in the article, expressing such criticism is not to deny that we have a serious problem when it comes to figuring out how much we owe for treatment. In Saturday’s…
Read More »

Venezuela: The End of Newspapers?

I recently got a call from the owner and editor of “El Nacional,” the longstanding Venezuelan daily, in which Miguel Henrique Otero told me that things are even worse than what has been reported in relation to his country’s newspaper industry. Since the end of last year, the government has refused to allow the…
Read More »

Is There an Argument—Any Argument—for Community Rating?

I’ve never seen an intelligible argument for community rating. I think I know why. I’m afraid there isn’t any. Don’t believe me? I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I let you pick any recognized ethical system in the entire history of Western philosophy. (Only Western? Yeah, we’re not cultural relativists here.) Altruism, Egoism, Nietzschean…
Read More »

If Obamacare Lost Your Personal Data, Would You Even Know?

David Kennedy is a cybersecurity expert who runs a computer security firm called TrustedSec, LLC. He is in the news because of his expert testimony to Congressional committees on the security of healthcare.gov, the website to which people go to apply for Obamacare health insurance if they are in a state with a federal…
Read More »

The Failure of the “War on Poverty” in One Picture

Source of chart: Jonathan Hoenig (@JonathanHoenig), Chicago, IL, based on U.S. Census data The poverty rate in the United States fell by half from 1950 to the start of the “War on Poverty.” And it was on track to continue falling. But after the “War on Poverty” programs kicked in, the poverty rate has…
Read More »

President Obama on Inequality: Rhetoric vs. Reality

President Obama has recently promoted inequality as a fundamental threat to our way of life, saying, “The combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American Dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe.”  You can read the rhetoric here.  Let’s look at…
Read More »

Will Republicans Repeal Obamacare’s Risk Corridors?

This blog’s readers are better informed than most about the (somewhat complicated) question of how health insurers will be compensated for bearing risk in Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges. A previous entry explained the basics of two of the three programs that protect health insurers from losing too much money on Obamacare’s exchanges. These are…
Read More »

Conscripting Four-Year Olds: California’s Latest Preschool Plan

From House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to President Obama, Washington politicians are scrambling to get their hands on other people’s toddlers. But they’re not alone. Back in 2010 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010. Basically, every year since 2012-13 children must celebrate their fifth birthday sooner and…
Read More »

License to Kill

No one knows how many times police shoot and kill Americans every year. Most estimates put the number at a few hundred a year, but we don’t know the details, including how many of these killed people presented a real threat to anyone. The U.S. government does not do body counts, as it admitted…
Read More »

In Defense of Inequality

During the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama was asked if he would favor of a higher capital gains tax rate, even if the government received less revenue as a result. His answer: Yes. When you stop to think about it, that’s a remarkable answer. By hypothesis, everyone is worse off. The owners of capital…
Read More »

  • Catalyst
  • MyGovCost.org
  • FDAReview.org
  • OnPower.org
  • elindependent.org