Monthly Archives: March 2012

Medical bills prompt more than 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies

Source: CNN This year, an estimated 1.5 million Americans will declare bankruptcy. Many people may chalk up that misfortune to overspending or a lavish lifestyle, but a new study suggests that more than 60 percent of people who go bankrupt … Continue reading

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The Court Battle Over Health Care Is a Struggle For a Future Vision for America

Source: Steven Rosenfeld On Monday, March 26, when the U.S. Supreme Court begins three days of hearings on the centerpiece of President Obama’s new federal healthcare law, the requirement that all U.S. citizens and residents have health insurance, it is … Continue reading

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The Rich Get Even Richer

Source: Steven Rattner NEW statistics show an ever-more-startling divergence between the fortunes of the wealthy and everybody else — and the desperate need to address this wrenching problem. Even in a country that sometimes seems inured to income inequality, these … Continue reading

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Lobbyists, Guns and Money

Source: Paul Krugman Florida’s now-infamous Stand Your Ground law, which lets you shoot someone you consider threatening without facing arrest, let alone prosecution, sounds crazy — and it is. And it’s tempting to dismiss this law as the work of … Continue reading

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Religious Experiences Shrink Part of the Brain

A study links life-changing religious experiences, like being born again, with atrophy in the hippocampus The article, “Religious factors and hippocampal atrophy in late life,” by Amy Owen and colleagues at Duke University represents an important advance in our growing … Continue reading

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Ryan’s budget: It’s not about Medicare cuts

Source: Ezra Klein (Data: CBO; Graph: Ezra Klein) From reading the coverage, I get the sense that people think Ryan’s budget works something like this: It lowers taxes, cuts the deficit and pays for all that by cutting deep into … Continue reading

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Ryan’s tax plan: $6.2 trillion short

Source: Ezra Klein The Tax Policy Center looked into the revenue loss associated with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to cut the tax code down to two rates of 10 percent and 25 percent. They estimate the changes would … Continue reading

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