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  • Getting serious about a single payer system [Commentary]

    Getting serious about a single payer system [Commentary]
    A single payer system — where the government pays for health costs — is now recognized by many in the U.S. as the best solution for our health care problems. It was taken "off the table" in 2009 by Sen. Max Baucus, A Montana Democrat who reportedly received more money from the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries than any other Congressman. But now the flood of single payer advocacy cannot be turned off by vested business interests. It is time to progress from the stereotype of single payer to having a serious discussion about it.
  • Thomas Piketty's income inequality tome tops Amazon bestseller lists, outsells romances

    Thomas Piketty's income inequality tome tops Amazon bestseller lists, outsells romances
    Move over, "Fifty Shades of Grey." Instead of romance, a book by French economist Thomas Piketty on income inequality and capitalism is the No. 1 best-selling book on Amazon.com. Piketty's "Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century" is generating so much...

    Is this good news or bad? Politics and the English language

    . . . (With apologies to George Orwell) . . . Pity the poor Congressional Budget Office, which is routinely identified as a nonpartisan source of information about the federal government's budget and maybe the statistical mysteries of economics in...

    Nate Silver's numbers racket

    In the last week or so, an intense kerfuffle broke out over the poll-prognosticator Nate Silver and his blog at the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight. Silver, a statistician, has been predicting a decisive Obama victory for a very long time, based on his...

    The broken window fallacy and unintended consequences

    Have you heard the parable of the broken window? It's a wonderful example of unintended consequences that applies not only to businesses activity and government regulations but to individuals as well. Fans of the book "Freakonomics" are given a front...