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The Broken Key
Education

The Broken Key

Education is the key to break the cycle of poverty. This key is broken for rural United States. In the past ten years, early education policies have been on the rise to combat child poverty. However, children suffering from rural child poverty have not been reaping the same benefits as children suffering in urban poverty. The … Continue reading

Retirement Preparation: To Save or Not to Save
Labor Force / Other

Retirement Preparation: To Save or Not to Save

Most experts would agree that a majority of people are not taking their retirement funds as seriously as they should. Data collected by the National Institute of Retirement Security (NIRS) shows that people today are not saving nearly enough to fund a long and healthy retirement. According to the NIRS, “92 percent of working households … Continue reading

Going Viral: The Re-Emergence of Preventable Diseases
Politics

Going Viral: The Re-Emergence of Preventable Diseases

John Snow is viewed by many as a pioneer in disease mapping. He was a founding member of the London Epidemiological Society, one of the first professional organizations devoted to the field of epidemiology.  For the 1854 cholera outbreak in London’s Broad Street region, he presented a map of disease outbreaks around the Broad Street Pump to … Continue reading

No More Delays for ICD-10, Concerns about Implementation
Healthcare

No More Delays for ICD-10, Concerns about Implementation

The International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) is nearly forty years old and doesn’t reflect modern medicine. It even lacks the capacity to cover new treatments and technology and fails to provide a significant level of detail in diagnoses, the nature and extent of a complication and specificity regarding how a complication is treated. … Continue reading

Employer Wellness Programs: ADA and ACA
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Politics

Employer Wellness Programs: ADA and ACA

The rising cost of health benefits and prevalence of chronic diseases has increased the significance of employer wellness programs. These programs encourage healthier lifestyles and may help reduce health care costs, with numerous large firms suggesting that the programs save the average employer $3.27 for every dollar spent on them. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions … Continue reading

Reducing the Trade Deficit with China: Repealing the Crude Oil Export Ban
China / Energy / Politics

Reducing the Trade Deficit with China: Repealing the Crude Oil Export Ban

With much of the current energy conversation surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline, many Americans have forgotten, or may not even know, about another energy issue that might just be more important: the crude oil export ban. Since the 1970’s, the U.S. government has prohibited U.S. oil producers to export crude oil internationally in order to … Continue reading

A Federal Balanced Budget: Not a Cure-All, but Definitely Not a Bad Idea
Debt / Economy / Fiscal policy / Politics

A Federal Balanced Budget: Not a Cure-All, but Definitely Not a Bad Idea

To all the people who believe that a constitutional requirement forcing Congress to pass a balanced budget every year will make the federal debt (and yes, there is a difference between a debt and a deficit: deficit being how much money we have to borrow per year, debt being how much money we have borrowed … Continue reading