Posts Tagged ‘health care reform’

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    Hot Spotting Medical Care

    Jan 28, 11 • 165 Views • Demand, Supply, and Markets, Economic Debates, Government, Households, Innovation, Labor, Macroeconomic Measurement, Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    These are the statistics: 900 people; 4,000 hospital visits; $200 million in medical bills from January 2002 through June 2008. The place is Camden, N.J. where a relatively small number of people were responsible for a huge proportion of the city’s

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    Health Care Reform and Sausages

    Jun 7, 10 • 183 Views • Government, RegulationNo Comments

    Now that we have a health care reform bill, I wondered about the next step. After a law is passed, how are the provisions implemented? A recent Washington Post article provided the answers. The next step unfolds in government offices where staffers decide

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    Economic Freedom

    May 29, 10 • 169 Views • Developing Economies, Regulation, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Composed of 179 countries, the Index of Economic Freedom ranks France 64 and the United States 8. At the top of the list, with the more free economies and the lowest numbers, are Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia while North Korea, Zimbabwe, and Cuba

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    No Longer a Sin?

    Mar 28, 10 • 173 Views • Economic Thinkers, GovernmentNo Comments

    Pondering health care reform, I began to wonder whether sin taxes would become Pigovian taxes. A sin tax focuses on the impact of a behavior on an individual. Levied on something that society believes is “bad” for a person, a sin tax

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    Random Health Care Notes

    Mar 1, 10 • 281 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Last summer, at a Fourth of July picnic, a 75 year old great-grandmother, told by her doctor not to eat a hot dog because of its high sodium content, said, “I’m going to have a hot dog.  If I’m dead in the morning, I’ll never