Although this video is somewhat dated (since it makes passing reference to the health care reform proposals of the 2008 presidential candidates), it provocatively illustrates why a nontrivial proportion of the nearly 47 million Americans who lack health insurance may be “voluntarily” uninsured. Indeed, a recently released study by the Employment Policies Institute puts the number of uninsured Americans ages 18-64 who could likely afford health coverage at roughly 18 million people. This video provides some anecdotes as to why this occurs.
“Since World War II, only Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton have had worse ratings after seven months than President Obama.” (excerpt from a Sunday, August 30th, 2009 op-ed in The Washington Post).
Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading today (organized by topic):
Professor Mulligan notes, “This article explains how NY schools are required to hire from a pool of senior teachers who must be paid more than entry level teachers. In effect, schools are required to pay more than the market clearing wage. The result: teachers are unemployed and classes go without teachers.”
- An Echo Chamber of Boom and Bust, by Robert Shiller
New York Times: “How a worldwide “social epidemic” of ideas is supporting renewed confidence in the economy.”
- Why Oil Still Has a Future, by Daniel Yergin
Wall Street Journal: “The Obama administration is using its brass knuckles to support Latin American thugs.”
- Obama vs. Honduran Democracy, by Mary Anastasia O’Grady
Wall Street Journal: “Demand in the developing world trumps new technology.”
Health Care Reform
- Sorting Fact From Fiction on Health Care, by Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband
- Who should decide whether additional medical care is worth the cost? (part 2), by Keith Hennessey (Click here for part 1).
Wall Street Journal: “Current congressional proposals would significantly change your relationship with your doctor.”