What We Read Today 18 April 2014

April 18th, 2014
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Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

  • Obama Is Frustrated With States That Chose Not To Expand Medicaid Out Of 'Political Spite' (AP, Huffington Post) The president claims that there are 5 million people who have been left out of expanded Medicaid coverage because of Republican political positioning. Obama's remarks came at a time when the enrollment for ACA insurance (not Medicaid) increased to 8 million with 25% 35 and under. The younger demographic had lagged badly until a surge at the very end of open enrollment. Substantial enrollments from this healthier age group was a necessary ingredient for financially successful implementation of the program.

Follow up:

  • NASA Finds Most Earth-Like Planet Yet (Brian Resnick, National Journal) There are hundreds of potential earth-like planets discovered so far (perhaps millions or even more likely exist) but none are more likely to be similar to earth than Kepler-186f. From the NASA press release:
"Being in the habitable zone does not mean we know this planet is habitable. The temperature on the planet is strongly dependent on what kind of atmosphere the planet has," said Thomas Barclay, research scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at Ames, and co-author of the paper. "Kepler-186f can be thought of as an Earth-cousin rather than an Earth-twin. It has many properties that resemble Earth."

See also Twin Earth May Be Better Than Earth for Life (Michael Moyer, Scientific American)


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