How Did Health Insurance Get So Complicated?

How Did Health Insurance Get So Complicated?With the passage of the Republicans’ health care act, the House of Representatives seems to be saying that coming up with a plan to insure Americans really wasn’t all that hard after all.

Is Charter School Fraud The Next Enron?

charter schools 5 1In 2001, Texas-based energy giant Enron shocked the world by declaring bankruptcy. Thousands of employees lost their jobs, and investors lost billions. The Conversation

The Federal Government's Role In Education Has A Long History

The Federal Government's Role In Education Has A Long History

President Donald Trump has directed the United States Department of Education to evaluate whether the federal government has “overstepped its legal authority” in the field of education. This is not a new issue in American politics. The Conversation

How US Business Schools Failing On Climate Change

How US Business Schools Failing On Climate Change

Coca-Cola and Nestlé have recently closed facilities, and Starbucks is bracing for a global shortage of coffee – all due to effects from climate change.

Research Shows Our Addiction To Safety Could Lead To Another Financial Crisis

financial 4 27Research shows that the human brain is biased in favour of making safe choices. This is part of the drive behind “securitisation”, where the financial sector turns risky debt into “safe” debt by pooling assets together or carving out the safe bits. The Conversation

Is The American Dream On Life Support?

Is The American Dream On Life Support?'Declines in absolute mobility have been a systematic, widespread phenomenon throughout the United States since 1940,' the authors of the new study write.

How Innovation Can Fight Off Inequality

How Innovation Can Fight Off InequalityInequality is the defining social, political and economic phenomenon of our time. Just 1% of the world’s population now holds over 35% of all private wealth

Why Are We Dragging Our Feet With Health Care Automation?

Why Are We Dragging Our Feet With Health Care Automation?As a neonatologist, I worry about patients with pulmonary hypertension. This unforgiving disease, sometimes seen after premature birth, can end with sudden death from constricting blood vessels in the lungs.

Why Americans Have Chosen To Pay Income Tax

Why Americans Have Chosen To Pay Income TaxWe can be forgiven, especially this time of year, for questioning a decision our predecessors made just over a century ago. In the 1910s, Americans decided to make personal and corporate income taxes a permanent feature of the US economy. The Conversation

Why Do Teachers Quit?

Why Do Teachers Quit?Teachers don’t just leave their jobs because of low pay and retirement, new research shows. Their perceptions of a broken education system also contribute.

The Role Of Education In Building Jobs In The Rust Belt

The Role Of Education In Building Jobs In The Rust Belt

When my father-in-law struggled in school in a mill town along the Ohio River, his parents suggested that he head across the bridge and work in the steel mill. It was a path that once created stable lives for many Pittsburghers. The Conversation

Could Super Nurses Make Up For The Shortfall In Doctors?

Could Super Nurses Make Up For The Shortfall In Doctors?You may not be aware that in the NHS there are people with roles that are like doctors and nurses, but they are neither. Depending on your view, these people can be either “super nurses” or “sub-doctors”. But do they work? The Conversation

How Workers Are Being Taxed And Companies Are Skating

How Workers Are Being Taxed And Companies Are SkatingTax day is here once more, and tens of millions of Americans will rush to file their income taxes by this year’s deadline of April 18 (rather than April 15 for a variety of reasons). The Conversation 

How The Face Of Latin American Migration Is Rapidly Changing

How The Face Of Latin American Migration Is Rapidly ChangingRecent rhetoric from President Donald Trump and the focus of U.S. immigration policies suggest that Mexicans entering the U.S. without authorization are the principal challenge facing policymakers.

Exposing The Big Lie That Social Security Is Ponzi Scheme

Exposing The Big Lie That Social Security Is Ponzi SchemeIn these pestilent, perilous times, when the very idea of distinction between truth and falsehood is under siege, it’s more critical than ever to keep a sharp lookout for destructive false analogies.

Why America Could Lose Out From New Climate Policy

Why America Could Lose Out From New Climate PolicyUS President Donald Trump has followed through on his promise to undo Barack Obama’s climate policies, signing an executive order to review his predecessor’s Clean Power Plan

What Young People Want From The Internet Of The Future

What Young People Want From The Internet Of The Future

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web, he surely didn’t anticipate that children would end up becoming some of its main users.

America's Broadband Market Needs More Competition

America's Broadband Market Needs More CompetitionThe United States is home to some of the most creative people and businesses on the planet. Our filmmakers, artists, software engineers and scientists entertain the world and expand the boundaries of human knowledge.

Why Good Government Standards Are So Very Important

electric cars 3 8Imagine if you could gas up your GM car only at GM gas stations. Or if you had to find a gas station servicing cars made from 2005 to 2012 to fill up your 2011 vehicle.

New Poll Finds The Most And Least Popular Parts Of Affordable Care Act

New Poll Finds The Most And Least Popular Parts Of Affordable Care ActAs House Republicans labor to define a new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, often called “Obamacare,” public support for the 2010 legislation is at an all-time high, according to a national survey taken in January.

Why Mass Deportations Will Hurt The Economy

Why Mass Deportations Will Hurt The EconomyPresident Donald Trump has pledged to deport several million undocumented immigrants and recently set a plan in motion targeting those with criminal records (of any kind). The Conversation

Lack Of Workers With Soft Skills Demands A Shift In Teaching

Lack Of Workers With Soft Skills Demands A Shift In TeachingSurveys of the key skills employers seek in graduates continue to place so-called “soft skills” – like verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively in teams and to influence others

When Food Stamp Benefits Go Up, These ER Visits Go Down

When Food Stamp Benefits Go Up, These ER Visits Go DownIn 2014, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a federal program to address food insecurity in the United States, provided $70 billion in nutrition support to 46.5 million families and children living in 22.7 million American households.

Understanding The Republican Tax Sham

Understanding The Republican Tax ShamWatch your wallets. Republicans are pushing a new corporate tax plan that will end up costing most of you a bundle. Here’s what you should know about the so-called “border adjustment tax."

Why Big, Beautiful Walls Don't Stop Migrants

Why Big, Beautiful Walls Don't Stop MigrantsWalls have a strong political connotation in post-war Europe. The most tragically famous was the Berlin wall built in 1961 to prevent citizens of the DDR (otherwise known as East Germany) from seeking refuge in the West.

US Teens In Poverty Go Hungry So Siblings Can Eat

US Teens In Poverty Go Hungry So Siblings Can EatA survey of about 1,500 extremely disadvantaged families in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio shows teenagers go without food twice as often as their younger brothers and sisters.

How To Get Quality Teachers In Disadvantaged Schools

How To Get Quality Teachers In Disadvantaged SchoolsQuality teaching is one of the largest influences on student learning. Yet, not all students have access to a great teacher.

Do We Need To Rethink How We Assess Learning In Schools?

Do We Need To Rethink How We Assess Learning In Schools?There is a major flaw in the way we currently assess school students. By labelling them as either “good” or “poor” learners based on their overall grades at the end of each year, students have no clear idea whether they are making progress over extended periods of time.

How It Feels When People See You As Less Human

How It Feels When People See You As Less HumanIn a recent study, American participants placed Muslims and Mexican immigrants significantly closer to the ape-like ancestor than Americans as a whole.

3 Theories For What's Causing The Global Productivity Slowdown

robot 2 1There is a wide recognition by economists and policy-makers that “the large differences in income per capita observed across countries mostly reflect differences in labour productivity”.

Why Wall Street's Dow 20,000 Is Totally Meaningless

Why Wall Street's Dow 20,000 Is Totally MeaninglessTraders and investors cheered this historic high of the world’s most famous stock market index, which is composed of 30 of the biggest and best-performing American companies and is frequently used as a barometer of the strength of the economy.

How Health Insurance Binds Neighbors Together

How Health Insurance Binds Neighbors TogetherAccess to health insurance can help hold a community together socially, and lack of it can help fray neighborhood cohesion, report researchers.

Why A Free Market For Drugs Doesn’t Work

Why A Free Market For Drugs Doesn’t WorkThe United States faces a major problem with prescription drug prices. Even as the prices of most goods and services have barely budged in recent years, the cost of drugs has surged.

Who Are The Real Forgotten Americans?

Who Are The Real Forgotten Americans?As Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency and lays out his agenda for our country, he will likely proclaim himself, as he did in the campaign, the voice of "the forgotten Americans."

Who is Betsy DeVos and Why You Should Care?

Who is Betsy DeVos and Why You Should Care?After President-elect Donald Trump tapped Betsy DeVos to become the head of the United States Department of Education, her name has spurred a great deal of conversation within the K-12 education community.

Free College Explained In A Global Context

Free College Explained In A Global ContextNew York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently pledged to make undergraduate education at the the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY) system free for families making less than US$120,000 annually.

China's New Silk Road Is All Part Of Its Grand Strategy For Global Influence

China's New Silk Road Is All Part Of Its Grand Strategy For Global InfluenceThe first freight train from China to the UK has started its 12,000 mile journey from the industrial city of Yiwu in the east of China to London. Part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” project to link east and west, it is all geared toward strengthening its global influence.

Why Is It So Hard To Close The Racial Health Gap In The US?

Why Is It So Hard To Close The Racial Health Gap In The US?The racial health gap in the United States is well-documented. The gap starts with the infant mortality rate (11.1 blacks vs. 5.1 whites per 1,000) and extends to almost any health domain.

Exposing The Great Growth Con Economics

Exposing The Great Growth Con EconomicsIn rolling back decades of social and environmental progress, will Trump also expose the Great Growth Con? The con promises that economic growth—measured by gross domestic product—will benefit everyone, rich and poor alike.

Why Basic Income Is A Radical Idea Bound For The Political Mainstream

Why Basic Income Is A Radical Idea Bound For The Political MainstreamAn idea gaining traction in various part of the world is that everyone in society should receive an amount of money from the state to cover their basic cost of living. People would no longer be stigmatised on benefits, argue supporters.

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