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 Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), Member, Senate Budget Committee, Jagadeesh Gokhale, Cato Institute, and John Holahan, Urban Institute.
Medicaid lacks even a fictional trust fund and an annual trustees’ report so the massive program’s fiscal outlook receives less attention than other entitlements. Yet a new Cato Institute study suggests that Medicaid’s fiscal outlook is every bit as dire as those of Social Security and Medicare. Cato senior fellow Jagadeesh Gokhale estimates that the discounted present value of just federal Medicaid spending over the next 100 years equals $21 trillion. If the federal government continues to match state Medicaid outlays at the current rate, by the year 2106 Medicaid alone will consume 13 percent of GDP — eight times its current share. Gokhale argues that limiting the growth of Medicaid spending is essential to restoring the federal government’s financial health. Please join us for a discussion of Medicaid’s fiscal outlook and Gokhale’s projections by Senator Gregg and John Holahan, leading authorities on Medicaid and the federal budget.