Dear New Yorkers, Did a Doctor Recently Vomit on You?

By: Friday October 24, 2014 8:27 am

Everyone living in New York City, did Dr. Craig Spencer recently vomit or bleed directly on you? If the answer to that question is no, then you have nothing to fear from this most recent Ebola case. Dr. Spencer understood the risk of his work to help people in Africa with the disease, so he [...]

Vast Majority of Americans Have No Idea How Health Insurance Actually Works

By: Wednesday October 22, 2014 10:42 am

The American health insurance marketplace is sadly dominated by a bad mix of overconfidence combined with significant ignorance. While a majority of adults under 65 think they understand their policy, only a tiny fraction can even correctly answer a rather basic question about how much a doctor’s visit will cost them. New data from the [...]

Just 11 Percent of Uninsured Know When the Next Open Enrollment Period Is

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 11:25 am

We are less than a month away from the start of the next Affordable Care Act open enrollment period and shockingly few uninsured Americans know that. In the latest Kaiser Family Foundation Poll, only 11 percent of the uninsured know the second open enrollment begins in November. From KFF: Presumably, this number will improve noticeably [...]

Not Even Thomas Duncan’s Fiancee Contracted Ebola

By: Monday October 20, 2014 7:31 am

This story perfectly highlights how completely overblown concern over Ebola in the United States has been. Not even Thomas Duncan’s family, who he was living with prior to his hospitalization, has contracted the disease from him. From CBS Local: As of today, 48 people are now no longer on the Ebola watch list. After showing [...]

The Affordable Care Act Is Poorly Designed for Dealing With Epidemics and the GOP Plan Is Even Worse

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 12:00 pm

It want to begin this post by saying the risk of America suffering from a serious and fast moving epidemic, like seen in the movie Contagion, is extraordinary small. I’ve repeatedly pointed out that the high level of concern about Ebola in the United States at this moment is unfounded, but since the media is focused [...]

Americans Are Way Too Worried About Ebola

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 7:48 am

The American public is radically more concerned about an Ebola outbreak here in the US than they should be. According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll 43 percent are worried that they or someone in their immediate family might catch the Ebola virus. In addition an incredible two thirds of the country is concerned [...]

Almost All Americans Think Mandatory Minimums for Non-Violent Offenses are Stupid

By: Monday October 13, 2014 7:37 am

When it comes to issues of criminal justice and drug policy reform, the populace continues to be way out ahead of federal politicians. A Reason-Rupe poll last week found an incredible 77 percent support eliminating mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent offenders so that judges have the ability to make sentencing decisions on a case-by-case [...]

Affordable Care Act Is Not Working Better Than Anyone Expected

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 9:07 am

Paul Krugman has new Rolling Stone article In Defense of Obama, but he decides he needs some historical revision for his defense. He claims the Affordable Care Act is “working better than anyone expected.” From their article: Then technical difficulties with the HealthCare.gov website seemed to threaten disaster. But here we are, most of the way [...]

We Should Create Two New Partisan Budget Offices

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 8:18 am

A new concern among some Liberal commentators is that if Republicans win control of the Senate they will change how the Congress Budget Office works to make its results more pro-Republicans. Mainly it is fear they will have it adopt a form of “dynamic scoring” which assume tax cuts almost always spurs growth. This has [...]

Prediction Creep in Syria

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 7:05 am

While our military operations in Syria against ISIS have only started the prediction creep is already growing rapidly. That is when top politicians, Obama officials, military leaders, and outside experts start telling us that the relatively limited campaign we were sold could easily become much longer and more involved. This mentally prepares people for the [...]