Monthly Archives: December 2011

Debt Is (Mostly) Money We Owe to Ourselves

Source: Paul Krugman I want to expand a bit on something Dean Baker said yesterday: As a country we cannot impose huge debt burdens on our children. It is impossible, at least if we are referring to government debt. The … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Quote of the day…

“We must assemble a broad, bipartisan movement to demand responsible stewardship of our publicresources through fiscal and campaign finance reform. Our future really does depend on it.” Former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY), 2011

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why Medicare is expensive, Part 2

Source: Sarah Kliff at WonkBlog Thursday, I looked at what medical specialties are driving up Medicare costs faster than expected. Today, my colleague Lori Montgomery has another thoughtful look at why Medicare is so expensive. She hits on a point … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why Medicare is expensive, in one chart

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Should the doc fix get fixed?

Primary care doctors in the United States earn just over $186,000, about $20,000 more than any colleagues abroad. The disparity is even greater among specialists: Orthopedic surgeons here have an average salary of $442,450, which is just about double what … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rethinking Health Care Labor

Of the $2.6 trillion spent in 2010 on health care in the United States, 56% consisted of wages for health care workers. Labor is by far the largest category of expense: health care, as it is designed and delivered today, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Politifact Has Decided That A Totally True Thing Is The “Lie Of The Year,” For Some Reason

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment