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Daily Archive for October 31st, 2011

Gross Ignorance?

Megan McArdle points us to the following chart: Let me ask, which is more dangerous – not having a sufficient density of the population vaccinated against infectious diseases that were responsible for life expectancy being below 50 just 100 years ago, or people drinking coffee? When we have nationalized medicine will such situations be allowed […]

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Free the People of the United States

You cannot order Dunkin’ Donuts coffee online in California. It all goes back to the 2002 discovery by Swedish scientists that acrylamide, a chemical that in large doses has been shown to cause cancer in mice and neurological damage to humans, is present in coffee – – as well as in many other products, including […]

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John Goodman with a typically astute observation on the double standard that applies to health policy: Arizona‚Ķplans to limit adult Medicaid recipients to 25 days of hospital coverage a year, starting as soon as the end of October. Hawaii plans to cut Medicaid coverage to 10 days a year in April. Other states have already […]

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I am perhaps among the economists who wields a heavy bludgeon of, “as compared to what” any time I see a proposal that “we” ought to do something, or some paper analyzing the desirability of some program. You might criticize me for that, but I am happy to take the criticism as compared to being […]

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