Cost and Benefit: Calorie Counts

Soon everyone will know that a Starbucks venti Double Chocolaty Chip Frappucino Blended Creme has 670 calories (200 calories more than turkey on whole wheat with mustard). Announcing that all of its company owned stores would post calorie counts on…

Unintended Consequences: Cholesterol, Cars and Unemployment

Statins, seat belts and unemployment benefits reduce some of life’s risks. Yes? Not always… Told that statin medication would diminish high cholesterol, some people eat more cheese, more ice cream, more steak. The result? Less healthy diets. Knowing that seat…

Incentive: The 50th Employee

The Affordable Care Act is doing what France has done for years. It has a 50 employee tipping point. The Affordable Care Act says that businesses with 49 employees will not have a health insurance mandate. However, for those with 50 or…

How Has The Safety Net Affected the Unemployment Rate?

University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan believes that the US unemployment rate has remained high because of many separate public policy changes. Big and small, each one influenced workers, businesses and consumers by creating new incentives. For workers, Dr, Mulligan…

Incentives: Should Doctors Be Paid For Performance?

I suspect that the incentives in New York’s doctor quality plan will have unexpected consequences. An incentive for results, bonuses will be given to NY hospitals that they share with their doctors. Described as a reward system and P4P, Pay for Performance, for quality…