Broad Popular Support for Demilitarizing the Police

By: Friday August 22, 2014 10:07 am

The silver lining of the tragedy in Ferguson is it might actually push the country to adopt some real reforms. One area which is ripe for change is demilitarizing the police. The idea has recently gotten very public support from a diverse set of politicians ranging from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to President Obama. It [...]

Down With the Traditional Wool Suit in D.C.

By: Thursday August 21, 2014 11:16 am

D.C. is a sub-tropical swamp but in an act of collective insanity the entire male professional class insists on pretending it has the climate of northern Scotland. That is why I’m glad to hear the traditional business suit has suffered at least a minor setback in Washington D.C. professional culture. In an attempt to recruit [...]

Four Ways to Make Law Enforcement Less Adversarial

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 10:33 am

Law enforcement in America has often strayed from the role they should be playing in a fair and democratic society. We have seen police turn into warrior cops instead of keepers of the peace. There is no easy solution for a complex problem so long in the making. Undoing centuries of racism and decades of [...]

McConnell Plans for 2015 to Be Even More Confrontational

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 7:25 am

If you thought the recent Congressional term just didn’t have enough showdowns, big political confrontations and government shutdowns then you should be really excited for 2015. In an interview with Politico Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised very aggressive confrontations with President Obama if Republicans win control of the Senate, and possibly even another [...]

Sick People Make for Poor Watchdogs

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 7:23 am

Over at USA Today they have a helpful list of reasons why your insurance company may not be paying your medical bills and the remedy is basically that sick people should aggressively monitor, research, and follow up on every single health care interaction. You need to be very knowledgeable and diligent to not be screwed. [...]

Huge Price Differences in Blood Tests Is Another Reminder Our Health Care System Sucks

By: Friday August 15, 2014 10:46 am

  In a sane health care system the same basic services would cost about the same everywhere. Prices should be roughly identical across hospitals with only a modest variation based on issues like cost of land, number of personal, and volume. This is how it works in most of the world but now how it [...]

Will Republicans Eventually Try to Turn Everything Into a Lousy Version of Obamacare?

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 12:59 pm

Many Democrats and liberal commentators remain upset that the Republican party has refused to embrace the Affordable Care Act, but in some ways that is a good thing. If/when Conservatives embrace the law we could end up very unhappy with the ultimate outcome. This Politico column from Avik Roy from the Manhatten Institute is a [...]

When You are Fighting a “Drug War,” Your Police Get Armed for War

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 6:47 am

The events unfolding in Ferguson, MO don’t appear to be the direct result of a particular drug charge but the police behavior is partly a byproduct of our decades-long “War on Drugs.” That term isn’t just a buzzword, but a concept that was taken literally by policymakers and police at every level. When you are [...]

The Dronification of America’s Foreign Policy

By: Wednesday August 13, 2014 10:28 am

The American people support airstrikes in Iraq but not boots on the ground, according to a new YouGov poll. It found 58 percent of Americans support President Obama’s plan to conduct airstrikes against insurgents in Iraq, but there is strong opposition to putting American personnel on the ground in any capacity. A mere 15 percent support sending American ground troops to actually fight and only 30 percent would support sending troops to just assist the Iraqi army.

2015 Exchanges: More Insurers, But Will That Make Things Better?

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 12:25 pm

In the past I’ve questioned if states which already had highly consolidated insurance markets would even see the promised private competition on the new exchanges, but it appears they might. There are of course still two important caveats.