Tag: economics

Why Can’t America Have a Grown-Up Healthcare Conversation?

Good morning, Hank。 It’s Tuesday。 So, you know the Obamacare insurance exchanges that, depending on your political perspective, are either the cause of or the solution to so many of America’s health care problems? Only about six percent of Americans actually get their insurance through those exchanges。 Now, that’s obviously very important to those six…


Economic Update: Capitalism and Mental Health

Welcome, friends, to another edition of Economic Update, a weekly program devoted to the economic dimensions of our lives: jobs, incomes, debts。 I’m your host, Richard Wolff。 I want to begin today’s program to talk to you about the Koch Foods company – that’s right, Koch, as in the Koch brothers – one of their…


Doctors Explain Why U.S. Healthcare Is So Expensive (HBO)

Mitch McConnell unveiled new modifications to the GOP health care bill today in his latest attempt to sway 50 Republican senators to get behind repealing and replacing Obamacare. The new bill adds $45 billion to help states deal with the opioid crisis— a nod to previous holdouts Rob Portman of Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito…


Understanding Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Reform Proposals

Good morning, Hank. It’s Tuesday. Let’s talk about the healthcare proposals of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but first I should say that if you’re interested in healthcare or health in general, you should check out Health Care Triage, hosted by Dr. Aaron Carroll. It’s an amazing show. Okay, to understand the candidates’ proposals, we…


Why we can’t fix our healthcare system | Ayesha Khalid | TEDxBeaconStreet

Translator: Jim Taylor Reviewer: Denise RQ A while back, I was driving to work one day, and my son Adam asked me a question, “Mommy, what do you do for a living? What’s your job? I quickly answered, “Adam, I’m an ear, nose, and throat doctor。 I operate near people’s brains。” I peeked into the…


What if all US health care costs were transparent? | Jeanne Pinder

So, a little while ago, members of my family had three bits of minor surgery, about a half hour each, and we got three sets of bills. For the first one, the anesthesia bill alone was 2,000 dollars; the second one, 2,000 dollars; the third one, 6,000 dollars. So I’m a journalist. I’m like, what’s…


Why is organic food so *#@! expensive?? | Ali Partovi | TEDxManhattan

Translator: Mercia Costa Reviewer: Denise RQ I’ve invested a lot of my own money into organic and sustainable farming, and to converting American farmland to organic, and I’m here to dispel some misperceptions about organic food. There is this prevailing notion that organic farming is more expensive and less sufficient, right? And that we need…


Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

Good morning Hank, it’s Tuesday. I want to talk today about why healthcare costs in the United States are so phenomenally, fascinatingly expensive, but first I have to blow your mind: Alright, so you’ve probably heard that the reason that people enjoy “free” healthcare in Australia and the UK and Canada, etc, etc is that…


How single-payer health care works, in 2 minutes

People have really strong opinions on single-payer healthcare. It could be the silver bullet that fixes our healthcare system, or it could be…. But most people don’t even know what single-payer means. So let’s start with what we have. You can think of the American healthcare system as a series of tubes. We do not…


Future of Food: Farming in the age of climate change

I’ve kind of accepted my fate, in a way, of being, sort of, the guy that’s alarmed about this before everybody else is. “One slice of New York cheesecake.” Why is it, in so many of the sci-fi movies, “Breakfast of champions.” food of the future comes out of a gadget? “Hydrate level four, please.”…


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