Assorted Links (3/12/2010)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading today (organized by topic):

Economics and Happiness

Health Care Reform

  • Single Payer, Many Faults, by Joseph Rago

“Roger M. Battistella argues in “Health Care Turning Point” that the last thing the health-care system needs is more government involvement. His prescription: market competition.”

“The president knows better than his demagoguery suggests.”

“Contrary to all the theories, Democrats will not benefit from ObamaCare.”


“You have to be crazy to run for president. Seriously, you do.”

Magic and Science

  • The magic of the placebo, by Eric Mead

“Sugar pills, injections of nothing — studies show that, more often than you’d expect, placebos really work. At TEDMED, magician Eric Mead does a trick to prove that, even when you know something’s not real, you can still react as powerfully as if it is. ”