Derek Thompson makes a fair point re my post on Social Security benefits being such an important part of retiree’s income. He notes that lots of things are important and in a climate of cuts, how is one to chose whether one program is more important than another? I’ll have more to say about this—it’s… Read more
My last post focused on ways in which the private insurance market doesn’t operate like much of a market at all. This one, based on a smart NYT editorial this AM, is about how markets actually could and should work to lower health costs, if we let them. During the debate over health care reform,… Read more
An interview with yours truly by Mike Grunwald.
I’m going to do a couple of posts on health care this morning, riffing off of two extremely revealing news accounts. To me, these both fit in the “STMYGH” category (‘stuff that makes you go hmmm’): The NYT ran an interesting article about insurance company economics this weekend and I was once again struck by… Read more
My (new!) colleague Bob Greenstein handily summarizes the key info from the new Social Security Trustees Report. These things don’t change a ton from year to year—there’s a shortfall out there in a few decades and the fixes for it are known—which is not to say they’re easy. They involve higher payments into the program… Read more