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.
In Bootleggers & Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics, economists Bruce Yandle and Adam Smith explain how money and morality are often combined in politics to produce arbitrary regulations benefiting cronies, while constraining productive economic activities by the general public.
Featuring Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform, Inc.
(www.centerltc.org); Vincent J. Russo, Certified Elder Law Attorney, Past President, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
(www.russoelderlaw.com); with comments by Michael F. Cannon,
Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute; and moderated by Marilyn Werber Serafini, Health Care Correspondent, National Journal.
Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care program created in 1965 for the poor, is imposing a growing burden on taxpayers. It has grown larger than Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly, and already accounts for a larger share of state expenditures than elementary and secondary education. Part of that growth is due to many middle-income seniors using Medicaid to pay for nursing home expenses and other long-term care. Those seniors own assets that could cover such expenses for a period of time, either directly or by purchasing long-term care insurance. Should their assets be used to help Congress cut projected Medicaid expenditures? Please join us for a debate that could profoundly affect the future of Medicaid and long-term care.