Featuring Matthew Feeney, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; moderated by Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute.
Obesity remains a serious health problem and it is no secret that many people want to lose weight. Behavioral economists typically argue that “nudges” help individuals with various decisionmaking flaws to live longer, healthier, and better lives. In an article in the new issue of Regulation, Michael L. Marlow discusses how nudging by government differs from nudging by markets, and explains why market nudging is the more promising avenue for helping citizens to lose weight.
Two long wars, chronic deficits, the financial crisis, the costly drug war, the growth of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, and the revelations about NSA abuses, have given rise to a growing libertarian movement in our country – with a greater focus on individual liberty and less government power. David Boaz’s newly released The Libertarian Mind is a comprehensive guide to the history, philosophy, and growth of the libertarian movement, with incisive analyses of today’s most pressing issues and policies.
Featuring Jeff Micklos, Vice President and General Counsel, Federation of American Hospitals;
James E. Harris, Executive Vice President
MedCath, Inc.; Mark E. Miller, Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; and David A. Hyman, Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute
America’s health care system lacks the competitive dynamic that marks other sectors of the economy. The controversy over single-specialty hospitals is a case in point. Also known as “focused factories” of cardiac, orthopedic, or pediatric care, these hospitals have flourished in recent years. However, Congress has temporarily blocked the creation of these facilities. Charging that specialty hospitals represent unfair competition to full-service community hospitals, many parties would like a permanent ban. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently recommended extending that moratorium. The panelists will discuss the nature of “free” versus “fair” competition among hospitals, and what solutions exist that allow for both full-service and single-specialty hospitals.