- The debt deal may actually weaken work requirements. That’s because the bill’s new exemptions (for homeless people, veterans, and young adults who grew up in foster care) remove more people from existing work mandates than the number of people the bill adds.
- In 2021, 42 million adults in the United States sought mental-health care of one form or another. But does therapy really work? The evidence is mixed. (NYT)
- The Biden administration funds a grant to a project that discovers the GOP, Fox News, the Heritage Foundations, etc. are the foundation of Nazi, white supremacist and other hate groups.
- “We find that a 1-year reduction in effective patent length reduces the number of new drugs brought to market from 46 to 39 per year (a 16% decline), decreasing in social welfare by $9.0 trillion between 2021 and 2050. Consumers incur 75.8% ($6.8 trillion) of the reduction in social welfare.”
Category: Wednesday Links
- Jeff Singer proposes a new Hippocratic Oath.
- Critique of a new code of medical ethics based on the “Tavistock Principles.”
- NEJM op ed: medical students should be segregated by race.
- The Chevron precedent explained.
- Congress appropriated $4.6 trillion for pandemic response and recovery in six Covid-19 relief laws enacted between March 2020 and March 2021. More than two years later, $444 billion of the total remains unspent. (WSJ)
- “Longer life with no greater proportion lived in good health equals more years in poor health—statistically, for the population at large.” Interesting throughout, with implications for research and public policy priorities.
- Obesity drugs could save Medicare $100 billion a year.
- 40% of privately insured patients receive no preventive care, despite the ACA mandate for free coverage.
- David Henderson grades the US on how far we have come toward achieving Karl Marx’s ten public policy goals.
- Monopoly matters: “in states in which the market share of the dominant health insurer exceeded 71 percent…[that] payer, on average, paid 14.7 percent less to hospitals than market-leading insurers in more competitive insurance markets.”
- Health advocacy groups: the unwinding of the health emergency Medicaid coverage rules could be a “health equity and civil rights disaster.” InsideHealthPolicy (gated)
- Ruling from the nanny state: FDA okays dogs at outdoor dining.
- Study: What If tax-subsidized, employer-provided health insurance were instead financed by a universal payroll tax? The wages of college-educated workers would be 11% lower and those of non-college workers would be 3% higher.