A post on Marginal Revolution is so good, I have to quote in its entirety before commenting: From my time in both the military and healthcare I can say that the biggest problem are the compliance costs. For example, I have a phone app that allows me to send texts. We pay very good money to have said app. It does nothing that my phone cannot innately do – except be HIPAA compliant. EMR software is clunky, an active time suck, and adds little or no value … but we are required by law to use it.
After repeated denials, Chinese officials finally admitted last month that they have set up internment camps in the far-western province of Xinjiang, where up to one million ethnic Uighurs, almost all of whom are Muslim, are being held. Under China’s anti-terrorism law and ‘religious affairs regulation,’ the government in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region publicly introduced the ‘Regulation on De-extremification.’ What it describes is a new gulag, where re-education and the suppression of Uighur identity is its main goal.
The overarching message of “The Opportunity Cost of Socialism”—a study recently released by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA)—is that the advocacy of socialism cannot reasonably be based on policy preferences; its attraction has always been grounded in a combination of wishful thinking and ignorance.
In the post-election aftermath, Republicans are wondering about how they can capture that missing 2-5 percent of the electorate that lost them the House of Representatives. Could they pry away 40 percent of the institutionalized Democratic Latino vote on delivery of a full-employment economy of rising wages? Can they win over 20 percent of the African-American electorate on the basis of more jobs and less competition from illegal immigrants?
One of my favorite columns from the past week was penned by a former Maryland congresswoman who would have us believe that “there’s only one choice to be the next Speaker”: Nancy Pelosi. The truth is: there’s more than one choice.
If liberals should fear the great contradiction between the Constitution’s text and their elevation of an unenumerated right to privacy (as we argued in our last article), conservatives must confront the same challenge with gun ownership. Despite the text of the Second Amendment, supporters of a right to bear arms have rooted their arguments in a murky pre-constitutional right to self-defense.
Journalist and author A. J. Jacobs talks about his book, Thanks a Thousand, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Jacobs thanked a thousand different people who contributed to his morning cup of coffee. In this conversation, Jacobs talks about the power of gratitude and different ways we can express gratitude in everyday life. He and Roberts also explore the unintended web of cooperation that underlies almost every product we encounter in a modern economy.
Are parents move likely to want to send their kids to college if they are given accurate information about the costs and benefits of attending college? A new study looks at what happens when parents are given customized information about the cost of going to college and the wage premium for earning a college degree.
I’m a creature of routines, which means I begin my weekdays by opening Politico’s “California Playbook” – often to stumble across these words: “Where’s Jerry? Nothing official announced.” This is not a knock against Gov. Brown and certainly not to suggest that he’s started his political retirement early.
Despite the assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and will continue this type of activity in the future, there has been little national action. This paper contends that the inaction partially stems from political and bureaucratic obstacles to preparing a US response to any future interference—including obstacles to overcoming public apathy, the concern that any measures taken might favor one political party, and federalism questions that arise whenever the federal government considers proposals affecting state election conduct.
Is freedom of the press a right or a privilege? Ted Olson thinks it’s a privilege. Why CNN should have lost and Dennis Prager should lose. I haven’t seen such a muddled discussion of freedom of speech and of the press in a long time. On the left, we have CNN and others claiming that freedom of the press means that Jim Acosta can’t legally have his White House press pass revoked. On the right, we have Dennis Prager claiming that by not showing some of his videos, various private firms are denying his freedom of speech.
In 2004, liberal journalist and political scientist Thomas Frank caused a stir with his book, "What’s the Matter with Kansas," a broadside against the natives of his home state and their lurch to the right that Frank perceived to be against their economic interests.
Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith shares his perspective on America’s vulnerabilities to cyber attack—the complex and systemic threats to our digital and physical infrastructures, as well as to our politics via hacking and digital espionage.
The opium myth is one of the most important pillars of the conventional narrative of modern Chinese history. According to the myth, opium is presumed to be a highly addictive narcotic and highly harmful to its users’ health, and Great Britain used its military superiority to impost the shameful opium trade on China and turn it into a nation of opium addicts who were “smoking themselves to death while their civilization descended into chaos.”
Among the crop of newly elected men and women headed to the Senate in 2019, one stands out for his record on religious liberty. Former Missouri Attorney General and Senator-elect Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) strong track record defending America’s first freedom can be traced all the way to the beginnings of his career.
When the United States and Mexico reached a new understanding about trade matters this past summer, renegotiating parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump cheered. Others had questions: How would the deal affect the US auto industry? How would it affect consumers? What would it mean for recent tariff hikes on steel and aluminum imports? You could almost hear executives across the continent reaching for antacids.
Maine made history Thursday when it became the first state to elect a representative to Congress using a ranked-choice voting instant runoff. National election experts say the fact that the process went off without any technical hitches will give proponents of this type of electoral reform substantial traction in efforts to introduce the system in other states.
On October 29 and 30, Harvard Business School marked the tenth anniversary of the financial crisis that rocked the US and world economies in 2008 with a two-day conference that brought together in Klarman Hall, the School’s new convening center, an extraordinary lineup of experts, many of whom had played key roles in the events that unfolded a decade ago, including former US Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson (MBA 1970); Tim Geithner, then president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Paulson’s successor at Treasury; and Harvard University professor Lawrence Summers, who served as Director of the National Economic Council from 2009 to 2010.
The 2018 midterms may have left behind more questions than answers. Not only does partisanship remain high, there are deep rifts within the two major parties themselves—particularly when it comes to healthcare. At an event sponsored by Health Affairs on Friday, two policy experts from opposite sides of the political spectrum shared the stage to discuss how their parties could approach healthcare in 2020.
The Holodomor featured prominently at an international conference on genocide held at the University of Toronto on October 20-21. Organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta) and the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), the conference culminated with the Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture on October 21.