Riding the Health Care Cost Rocket

Written by Steven Hansen When I read informed opinion on health care costs going up or going down, I visualize the scenes in the Exorcist (Linda Blair’s head rotating a complete 360 degrees or her pea soup hurling). It really depends on what data set you pull, how you view the data in that data set, …

Making The Case Against Austerity

by Stephanie Kelton This article was originally published in New Economic Perspectives Neil Irwin at Wonkblog has a new post up:  The Deficit is Falling Fast. Can Washington Accept Victory? He quotes John Makin of the American Enterprise Institute, who says, approvingly, that the U.S. has probably imposed enough austerity “for now.” Then he shows us …

Mental Illness and Homelessness

by Mieke Dale-Harris, Institute for Advanced Studies Last week “Giving to beggars is bad and exploitative labor is good” was posted. This article cited people’s rationalizations for not giving to beggars. Two of the major public perceptions of beggars that the author received were that the adults were on the streets by their own fault …

The Great Debate©: Is Healthcare a Right?

Editor’s note: Three weeks ago GEI published an Opinion article  by Michael Kulla entitled “Health Care Paradox:  Red Tap, Lobbies, Political Posturing . . . and Sick People.” The following article was submitted to discuss and debate some of the issues and opinions that Dr. Kulla expressed in his article. Health Care Paradox: Is our …