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 Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform, Inc.; Jagadeesh Gokhale, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; and Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care program for the poor, turns 40 this year. It has grown larger than Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly, and eclipses elementary and secondary education spending in most state budgets. Congress has agreed to trim $10 billion from the federal Medicaid budget over the next five years, a Medicaid Advisory Commission has been created to propose short- and long-term reforms, and many state legislatures are crafting Medicaid reform plans of their own. Our panelists will discuss the Medicaid cost explosion, Medicaid’s unseen costs and perverse incentives, and possible solutions to the long-term care crisis in Medicaid.