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It has been a tough couple of months for Pennsylvania State University’s new wellness program, Take Care of Your Health. In July, the university introduced the plan as a modification of the health coverage it offers employees. For good reason, those employees aren’t pleased. more
I recently realized that Rhode Island is like the Chicago Cubs of the economic- development world. We never win the prize. more
Suppose you went into the street and hit passersby with some breaking news: “Listen,” you say, “derivatives and other exotic financial products can sometimes make financial markets less stable and more prone to crises. What do you think about that?” more
This year’s celebration of the Fourth of July has been amplified by the sesquicentennial of the Union victory at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. The holiday no doubt served up the requisite dose of patriotic feeling, sentimentality and togetherness to convince us that we have exercised some civic virtue. But the vacation time spent with family and friends will mostly serve to remind us that we are exhausted. more
Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to R.I. Board of Education Chair Eva Marie Mancuso on May 24. more
When Republicans invite a Democrat to testify at a congressional hearing and Democrats invite a Republican, we should pay attention. It was certainly the case recently, when the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on how to end “too big to fail.” more
The revelation that many plans in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s health-insurance exchanges have high deductibles has put many of the law’s conservative opponents into a corner: Once in favor of high deductibles, these critics of Obamacare are suddenly worried about the risk to consumers. The data show why their new position makes more sense. more
President Barack Obama recently took some heat for saying that marijuana is no worse than alcohol, and perhaps less dangerous “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.” more
Over the years, the American health care system lost its way. Seduced by miraculous technology and pharmacology, and the billions of dollars that could be earned, our health care system geared up to perform miracles, mostly in the areas of traumatic injury or serious illness. The theme here is you get what you pay for, and as a result, today we can perform miracles for those who are seriously injured or ill. more
The best explanation of the U.S. government shutdown points to two factors. The first involves information, or what people think they know. The second involves incentives, or what motivates our elected representatives. more
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