Featuring the author Philip Klein, Commentary Editor, Washington Examiner; with comments by Avik Roy, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institution; Jeffrey H. Anderson, Executive Director, The 2017 Project; and Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, 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 John Z. Ayanian, Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital; David Meltzer, Associate Professor of Medicine and Economics, University of Chicago; and Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
It makes intuitive sense that President Obama’s health plan, which would expand health insurance coverage to an estimated 30 million currently uninsured Americans, would improve their health. But is it true? What does the evidence say about the effect between health insurance expansions and health? And what does that mean for the Obama plan?