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In the early 1980s, when I first dipped my toe into the waters of health care and health insurance, there was a severe crisis. Subscribers were livid over health insurance rates. They demanded change in ways that makes today’s complaints look tame. more
For all the progress made on women’s rights, one measure of inequality still stands out: Females earn less than males, even in the same occupations. Closing this gender gap will require changing the way employers think about work. more
Imagine a company that allows its employees to take nothing in salary this year in exchange for promissory notes to pay them twice as much in 10 years. Although there would be no immediate cash outlay, the company would still be required to accrue expenses reflecting the promises. more
To the Editor: My dealer is very concerned about the current direction Rhode Island is heading with regards to marijuana legalization. Obviously he cannot speak for himself for fear of his personal safety, so he has asked me to reach out on his behalf. He is actually a staunch advocate of keeping marijuana illegal, which might surprise people. Currently he makes about $160,000 every year, tax-free of course, and before decriminalization passed he made more than $200,000. If legalization moves forward, he could see his income shrink even more. more
The holiday shopping season is upon us. And as we rush to complete our gift-buying, it is easy to get carried away in the spirit of the season and overspend. Some simple money-management tips can keep you in the green and out of the red, and reduce the stress that can come with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. more
A truly Big Brother would line everybody up, make them roll up their sleeves, and vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate against the flu. A simple, if draconian, solution to a draconian virus. more
U.S. prosecutors are showing new resolve in pursuing cases against the financial institutions that sold the shoddy mortgages that led to the global financial crisis of 2007-08. more
There was a lot of manufactured handwringing earlier this month about the middling performance of American 15-year-olds on a global measure of reading, mathematics and science skills. Yet if we look at the scores on the Program for International Student Assessment in the context of another international competition, we get a clearer picture. more
One of the most important, but largely ignored, results of the Great Recession is the fate of the Federal National Mortgage Association (better known as Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac). These two organizations are unique in that they were chartered by Congress, but have functioned as nongovernmental corporations. In Washington-speak they are Government-Sponsored Enterprises or GSEs. more
To the Editor: This shouldn’t surprise anyone (“United’s marketplace may be first to challenge HealthSource RI,” Feb. 5, 2014, PBN.com). Fragmenting the market by opening competing exchanges will defeat the group purchasing power of HealthSource RI, preventing it from driving real reform through the system. more
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