Policy Pitfalls – The Wrong Pocket Problem
Healthcare / Politics

Policy Pitfalls – The Wrong Pocket Problem

A source of frustration for policy makers is that effective policy and feasible policy do not always neatly intersect. Of course the political climate determines the reforms that receive serious attention, but some proposals fail even without ideological opposition. One roadblock for evidence-backed proposals that policy makers must navigate is the “wrong pocket problem”. The … Continue reading

Why the Founding Fathers Would Dislike “Obamacare”
Affordable Care Act / Fiscal policy / Politics / Tax

Why the Founding Fathers Would Dislike “Obamacare”

Among the many popular topics of the 2016 presidential campaigns, healthcare remains a timeless defining issue sparking vivid debate on both sides of the political spectrum. In the 2016 presidential campaign, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – commonly referred to as “Obamacare” – has become the privileged scapegoat. However, beyond the political contention, an aspect … Continue reading

Attn Class of 2015: Don’t Be Fooled by Low Unemployment Numbers
America / Economy / Labor Force

Attn Class of 2015: Don’t Be Fooled by Low Unemployment Numbers

It’s graduation season! And according to sources from both the White House and the Fed, the current unemployment rate of only 5.5 percent signals a wealth of opportunity for grads.   Furthermore, the unemployment rate has been consistently declining.  This means that all of us in Class of 2015 should breathe easy; the time has come … Continue reading

Special Needs Families and the Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act / Economy / Education

Special Needs Families and the Affordable Care Act

The Federal Government’s role as a safety net for the vulnerable has been growing steadily since the passage of the New Deal in the wake of the Great Depression, when President Roosevelt introduced such novel concepts as Social Security. Follow-up legislation in the 1960s established Medicare, which continues to help senior citizens remain independent as … 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

America’s Employment Status: Where are the Hours Going?
Affordable Care Act / Economy

America’s Employment Status: Where are the Hours Going?

When asked about how an industry is recovering from a recession, you would probably point to wages or the number of newly hired employees. Would you think to look at the number of hours employees are working? The average weekly hours across industries has varied widely since the Great Recession. Let’s first look at the … Continue reading