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Why you should use = and never <-
In R one of the ways to do variable asignment is like this: x <- 42 This assigns the value 42 to the variable named x. It is directional, so you could do the same thing like this 42 -> x This differs from how variable assignment is done in the most commonly...
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How much money does the capital gains tax bring in?
Here's a graph of capital gains tax revenue, along side the federal deficit for reference What stands out to me is that the deficit is a lot more volatile (and almost always larger) than cap gains revenue. The relative stability of capital gains revenue is ...
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Insurance vs welfare
There's been a debate on twitter lately about the proper role of insurance in healthcare. Alex Tabarrok summarizes the proposition being debated: If you couldn't afford to buy it, it's not insurance. — Alex Tabarrok (@ATabarrok) September 21, 2017 The basic...
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Countdown till ACA repeal reconciliation bill expires
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How to do health insurance auto-enrollment
Auto-enrollment is a wonky health reform idea that never seems to quite die, despite being too complicated for our current politics to implement. The idea most recently graced the pages of the Wall Street Journal , which proposes that as part of the AHCA, u...
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How to design a medicaid buy-in
Democrats have long supported the idea of adding a "buy-in" option to medicare and medicaid, where people who do not normally qualify for these programs could pay enroll anyway, provided that they pay their own way through premiums. The Clinton administrati...
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The Astonishing Breadth of Republican Obamacare Options
At the moment, there's no Republican plan to repeal and/or replace Obamacare. There are, however, a bunch of different options that various republicans and conservative think tanks have proposed. One might think that all of the options follow similar princi...
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Some health-related budget options from CBO
Yesterday at 2pm the CBO released a big report with estimates for lots of different budget options. I reviewed the health-related ones. But first, a disclaimer: there's less health policy in the CBO releases than you might expect. You won't, for example, fi...
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Do people migrate to states with more generous Medicaid?
No. Ok, there is one paper that suggests, yes maybe a little tiny bit. From the abstract: Results indicate that consumer voters were attracted to states with higher per pupil public school spending, lower property and income tax rates, and that certain cons...
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Here's why people will keep their Fedcoins in banks
In my previous post I explained why Fedcoin—the idea for replacing dollar bills with a blockchain-based cryptocurrency like Bitcoin—is completely compatible with fractional reserve banking. Much of the discussion of Fedcoin has assumed that The Fed would st...
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