Monthly Archives: January 2012

MBTA considering halting weekend service

I urge people from MA to sign the following petition. Halting weekend commuter rail service would be a detriment to the city, state and the environment. Visit the site to see the wording of the petition. Subject: Save Jobs, Environment & Accessibility Hi, In an effort to reduce the deficit of Massachusetts’ public transit system […]

Which US Presidents Grew the Public Debt Fastest?

This figure, based on US treasury numbers, is in nominal dollars. Each president is credited with the debt created in the year after leaving office since budgets are largely set the year before. Democratic presidents were in office for $4.6 trillion in debt since 1960, Republican presidents for $9.9 trillion. The rate of increase in […]

Austin Frakt: TheIncidentalEconomist.com

My colleague Austin Frakt, who also uses WordPress, has a terrific blog with a significant focus on health economics. Visit it at: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/ _____________________________ Austin Frakt, PhD Boston University School of Public Health Health Economist Blog: TheIncidentalEconomist.com Twitter: @afrakt

Brocolli and Insurance Mandate

This is an excellent short NEJM article summarizing why the federal government does have the authority to mandate that people buy health insurance.   Written by a Harvard Law School professor. The Irrelevance of the Broccoli Argument against the Insurance Mandate Einer Elhauge, J.D. N Engl J Med 2012; 366:e1January 5, 2012 Favorite passage: “Others argue […]

Kotikoff is running for president!

Our own BU Economics professor Larry Kolikoff is running for president. http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/05/news/economy/laurence_kotlikoff_2012/ Here is his announcement. http://kotlikoff2012.org/ He is proposing to run in the American’s Elect party. http://www.americanselect.org/ Good luck Larry!

Jon Gruber’s Health Care Reform

I highly recommend to you Jon Gruber’s new book “Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why Its Necessary,  How It Works” which was just published Dec. 20. It is written as a comic book to be highly accessible and concise, yet very well thought out.

How Doctors Die

How Doctors Die It’s Not Like the Rest of Us, But It Should Be http://zocalopublicsquare.org/thepublicsquare/2011/11/30/how-doctors-die/read/nexus/ by Ken Murray Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. He had a surgeon explore the area, and the diagnosis was pancreatic cancer. This surgeon was one of the […]

Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow”

The book I am just finishing that is chock full of new ideas, (actually mostly old ideas, but ones that had not been systematically presented) is Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” I see it has climbed to the top ten bestsellers among nonfiction. I am loving it. It will be a terrific read for […]