I believe that the police force in this incredibly diverse city will show the nation how to bridge any divide.
New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio, speaking at the funeral of Officer Rafael Ramos, in what some say was an oblique reference to ongoing tension between the police and the mayor
Number of states where the minimum wage is set to rise this week for 2.4 million workers by up to $1, to an average of $8 per hour
New ACO Rule To Delay Penalties
A new rule proposed in December by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would, among other things, delay penalties for poor performance by participants in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) for up to three years. This would create greater incentive for participation in ACOs, as it would give new adopters time to iron out […]
John Barkett on Employers and the ACA
John Barkett, Director of Policy Affairs for Towers Watson Exchange Solutions, was a guest on Wharton Business Radio this month. He was interviewed by his former professor, Arnold Rosoff, Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, on the topic of the employer perspective on the […]
Affordable Rates, If You Do Your Research
The second Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act open enrollment period began on November 15th with just moderate rate increases for plans on the federal exchange. An influx of new plan offerings on the federal exchange was a main driver of the lower increases. In general, this year 90 percent of consumers buying plans through Healthcare.gov have […]
I think they made a mistake.
President Obama on Sony Pictures’ decision to pull “The Interview” after terror threats and a hack of the company’s systems. Sony recently reversed their decision and will be releasing the movie in select theaters on Christmas Day.
Dow close on December 23rd, its highest ever following strongest U.S. GDP quarterly growth in 11 years
Hubris at Sony
As we all know, Sony has cancelled the release of the movie, The Interview. In a highly connected world, we are no longer at six degrees of separation. We are one hack away from being dismantled, or one link away from the next person. The World Wide Web is a web of humanity… or inhumanity. Sony made an […]
An Even Better Energy Deal For You Than Cheap Oil Prices
With the sudden crash in oil prices and the relief at the gas pump for drivers, you might have forgotten that last month Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President Obama struck a deal to limit greenhouse gases. China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, made its first-ever commitment to cap carbon emissions starting in […]
Democrats don’t like Wall Street bailouts. Republicans don’t like Wall Street bailouts. The American people are disgusted by Wall Street bailouts.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, on the $1.1 trillion government funding bill approved by Congress on December 12th that weakened Dodd-Frank Act’s restrictions on banks engaging in risky derivatives trading.