Archive for the ‘Health Care’ Category

More Q&A: States Can’t Do Countercyclical Policy and Noise re “Unfunded Liabilities”

July 4th, 2011

Q: What with the much benighted Washington debate, what can the states do to improve the economy – or more specifically, fight unemployment? A: The states can’t do much at all.  To the contrary, because they have to balance their budgets, when their revenues come in under their spending in a given fiscal year, they… Read more

You Ask, I (try to) Answer

July 2nd, 2011

Q: Could you please explain why it’s so important to enact measures to bend the cost curve in the private sector, if you want to save the government money? I mean, isn’t one of the assumptions behind plans like the Ryan proposal that the private sector is more willing (and able) than Congress to be… Read more

Which Paul Are You Gonna Believe?

June 20th, 2011

Debated Representative Paul Ryan this AM on CNBC.  We agreed that there’s a lot to like about Wisconsin but that was it.  To me, his program is an amalgam of trickle down, whack the poor, further enrich the wealthy, weaken social insurance, and push YOYO over WITT (“you’re on your own” versus “we’re in this… Read more