Links: August 2009

Health care

Why do we need health care reform?, by Jonathan Alter

Health care reform flowchart, by Nick Beaudrot (via Paul Krugman)

Progress, not perfection, by Paul Begala

Tax reform’s lesson for health care reform, by Bill Bradley

Is there anything Obama could have done differently to avoid the current health care mess?, by Jonathan Cohn

Jonathan Cohn talks health care on The Colbert Report

How does the quality of U.S. health care compare internationally?, by Elizabeth Docteur and Robert Berenson

San Francisco’s public option that works, by William Dow, Arindrajit Dube, and Carrie Hoverman Colla

Trillion dollar health reform, $3 trillion in tax cuts, by Howard Gleckman

How American health care killed my father, by David Goldhill

Against giving up on the public option, by Ezra Klein

Can reconciliation work for health care reform?, by Ezra Klein

It’s not about the insurers, at least not totally, by Ezra Klein

The evolution of the public option, by Ezra Klein

The liberal revolt, by Ezra Klein

The two-bill strategy, by Ezra Klein

Real choice? It’s off limits in health bills, by David Leonhardt

Should fat people pay more for health insurance?, by David Leonhardt

Democrats weigh the calculus of public insurance, by Alec MacGillis

Your handy health care reform cheat sheet, by Alec MacGillis

Health reform: the fateful moment, by Theodore Marmor and Jonathan Oberlander

Myths and falsehoods about health care reform, by Media Matters

Curbing runaway health inflation, New York Times

Majority rule on health care reform, New York Times

The uninsured, New York Times

The public plan, New York Times

Why we need health care reform, by Barack Obama

A primer on the details of health care reform, by Robert Pear and David Herszenhorn

Co-op plan as health option muddies the debate, by Robert Pear and Gardiner Harris

Beware authoritative “inside Washington” sources who say the public option is dead, by Robert Reich

Five myths about health care around the world, by T.R. Reid

Financing health care reform, by Uwe Reinhardt

Lost in the shuffle: the overarching goals of health reform, by Uwe Reinhardt

Who needs the public option?, by Uwe Reinhardt

Status-quo anxiety, by James Surowiecki

A public option isn’t a curse, or a cure, by Richard Thaler

Change is tough, so liberals can’t just leave it to Obama, by Michael Tomasky

For many consumers, few insurance choices, by Anne Underwood

Eight protections for health care consumers, by Matthew Yglesias

Who needs a public option?, by Matthew Yglesias

Yesterday’s compromise is tomorrow’s triumph, by Matthew Yglesias

U.S. economy

Central bankers suggest rebound may have begun, by Edmund Andrews

How a little inflation could help a lot, by Tyler Cowen

Sketch of a talk on the history of macroeconomic thought since 1960, by Brad DeLong

Why aren’t we undergoing another Great Depression?, by Brad DeLong

Don’t let the stimulus lose its spark, by Robert H. Frank

An evaluation of the first 200 days of Obama economics, by Jeff Frankel

Overmighty finance levies a tithe on growth, by Benjamin Friedman

How central bankers’ jobs will change, by Krishna Guha

Averting the worst, by Paul Krugman

Till debt does its part, by Paul Krugman

For a second stimulus, by Robert Kuttner

$9 trillion in deficit? Maybe not, by Floyd Norris

America may need to find another financier, by Floyd Norris

Wall Street pay didn’t cause this crisis, by Floyd Norris

America’s exhausted paradigm, by Thomas Palley

Time to put sand in the wheels of the market, by Avinash Persaud

Your federal budget, in pictures, by Catherine Rampell

Why we need to regulate the banks sooner, not later, by Kenneth Rogoff

Is the stimulus working?, by Christina Romer

An international comparison of small business employment, by John Schmitt and Nathan Lane

An echo chamber of boom and bust, by Robert Shiller

A Tobin tax?, by Gillian Tett

Are macroeconomic models useful?, by Mark Thoma

Living standards, poverty, inequality, well-being

Five things we can do to reduce poverty, by Scott Allard

Why the Obama administration will struggle to reduce poverty, by Scott Allard

Special report on poverty, The American Prospect

Regulate financial pay to reduce risk-taking, by Lucian Bebchuk

Getting smart on crime, by Charles Blow

What the right really thinks about inequality, by Jonathan Chait

For the unemployed, a day stacks up differently, by Amanda Cox, Shaun Carter, Kevin Quealy, and Amy Schoenfeld

Did welfare reform work for everyone? A look at young single mothers, by Mary Daly and Joyce Kwok (via Mark Thoma)

Prolonged aid to unemployed is running out, by Erik Eckholm

The distant mirror, by Timothy Egan

International trade, offshoring, and US wages, by Ann Harrison

The two-track economy emerging from the recession, by Simon Johnson

Rewarding bad actors, by Paul Krugman

Rise of the super-rich hits a wall, by David Leonhardt and Geraldine Fabrikant

Race and diversity in the age of Obama, by Orlando Patterson

Striking it richer: the evolution of top incomes in the United States, by Emmanuel Saez

Curb executive pay — the right way, by Paul Weinstein Jr.

Tribute to an effective public servant, by Matthew Yglesias

G.D.P. R.I.P., by Eric Zencey


Why we won’t eliminate the deficit with corporate tax revenues, by Rosanne Altshuler

Obama renews vow of no middle-class tax increase, by Peter Baker

Obama’s pledge to tax only the rich can’t pay for everything, analysts say, by Jackie Calmes

Why Obama will have to raise taxes, by Clive Crook

How we won’t eliminate the deficit, by Bob Williams

The need for higher taxes, by Matthew Yglesias


Long-term effects of investments in universal early education, by Elizabeth Cascio

Dangling money, Obama pushes states to shift on education, by Sam Dillon

At community college, a focus on jobs, by Steven Greenhouse


Less house for your money, Gene Expression


World trade, The Economist

U.S. politics

The GOP’s misplaced rage, by Bruce Bartlett

Bipartisanship redux, by Nicholas Beaudrot

The great gradualist, by David Brooks

Another such victory and we are undone, by Brad DeLong

Town halls by invitation, by James Fishkin

Rich people are more likely to be Republican but not more likely to be conservative, by Andrew Gelman

The divergence of the intellectual upper class, by Andrew Gelman

Stories and stats: the truth about Obama’s victory wasn’t in the papers, by Andrew Gelman and John Sides

The rise of the 60-vote Senate, by Greg Koger

All the president’s zombies, by Paul Krugman

Missing Richard Nixon, by Paul Krugman

The public option as a signal, by Paul Krugman

Did the founders intend for small states to wield outsize power in the Senate?, by Alex MacGillis

Does the stock market affect presidential approval ratings?, by Catherine Rampell

Left without labor, by Mark Schmitt

The defeat of the Clinton health care plan and the 1994 elections, by John Sides

The history of the reconciliation process, by Matthew Yglesias


Germany: an SPD-Left alliance?, by Bertrand Benoit

Ireland’s economic crisis, by John Murray Brown

Iran: the tragedy and the future, by Roger Cohen

Is it America or Europe which is overrated?, by Tyler Cowen

Japan’s fiscal frailty, by Mure Dickie

Can Germany wean itself from export dependence?, The Economist

Think Parisians are rude? It’s all a big misunderstanding, by Pauline Harris and Simon Kuper

Rape of the Congo, by Adam Hochschild

Saving the world’s women, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Devolution in Spain, by Victor Mallet

Japan’s opposition wins a landslide, New York Times

New restrictions on French bankers’ bonuses, New York Times


G.I. Jane breaks the combat barrier, by Lizette Alvarez

American Psychological Association rejects gay “therapy”, Associated Press

Observational detectives, by Ian Ayres

Jerry Cohen: a personal appreciation, by Chris Bertram

U.S. population distribution by age, 1950 to 2050, Calculated Risk

Religion is good for you, by Chris Dillow

Do people still have fewer children as they get richer?, The Economist

Facebook exodus, by Virginia Heffernan

For today’s graduate, just one word: statistics, by Steve Lohr

Breakfast can wait; the day’s first stop is online, by Brad Stone

Hawaii: happily a state, forever an island, by Paul Theroux

How to publish a scientific comment in 1 2 3 easy steps, by Rick Trebino

Anti-public intellectuals, or public anti-intellectuals?, by Justin Wolfers

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