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 Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ); Michael O’Grady, HHS; and Tom Miller, Joint Economic Committee.
Thousands of federal and state regulations govern the sale of health insurance, restricting who may buy coverage, which benefits must be included, and how coverage is priced. These regulations – which vary widely by state – drive up the cost of health insurance and increase the number of uninsured. An innovative solution to the problem exists: allow people to buy coverage regulated in any state they choose (not just their own). Consumers could shop for the level of coverage they want at a price they can afford, insurers could compete for their business, and states would move to reduce onerous regulations. The panelists will examine the potential bonuses and pitfalls of legislation to enable a nationwide marketplace for health insurance, what the states can do to help, and how consumers would be empowered by a broader marketplace.