Keith Fitzgerald

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Adverse Selection in Health Insurance

<b>NBER Working Paper No. 6107</b> <b><br>Issued in July 1997</b> <b><br>NBER Program(s): HC PE</b><p>Individual choice over health insurance policies may result in risk-based sorting …

Insurance

Football Team at the Buffet: Why Obamacare Markets Are in Crisis

You may have noticed that Obamacare’s health insurance markets are in trouble.<p>Insurers have announced that they are sharply raising prices or pulling out entirely. Many consumers will have fewer choices of insurance plans, and many insurance plans will include fewer doctors and hospitals.<p>The …

ObamaCare

Flaws in Fingerprint Records Allowed Hundreds to Become U.S. Citizens

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security granted citizenship to hundreds of people who had previously been ordered deported or removed under different names because of flaws in keeping fingerprint records, according to a report released Monday.<p>The report from the department’s Office of …

Immigration

Ehud Barak: Netanyahu’s reckless conduct endangers Israel

<i>Ehud Barak was prime minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001 and defense minister from 1999 to 2001 and 2007 to 2013.</i><p>During the past two years, a sense of gloom has taken over my country, as pride in Israel’s accomplishments and self-confidence grounded in reality have given way to fear-mongering, …

Israel

Obama blasts Congress for 'not doing their jobs'

Obama said Congress is leaving too many important issues unaddressed.

Joe Biden

How Canada Got Immigration Right

Ever since the start of this bizarre presidential campaign, Donald Trump has ensured that most discussions of immigration focus on Mexico and Mexicans. But his noxious rhetoric has obscured the fact that illegal border crossings are just part of the problem. The U.S. system for legal immigration …

Immigration

House Dems to GOP on gun reprimands: Bring it on

House Democrats have a simple message for the GOP leaders threatening to reprimand participants in last June's marathon gun-violence sit-in: Be our …

Guns

The photos of an overdosing couple in Ohio won’t help anyone — least of all, its subjects

On Thursday, the small Appalachian city of East Liverpool, Ohio, posted photographs on Facebook of a man and woman apparently passed out from an opioid overdose. The two adults sit slumped in the front and passenger seats of a car. A small boy looks out from the back. The city warned that the …

Ohio

Export Monitor 2016: Large metro areas expand exports amid national decline

In 2015 U.S. exports declined for the first time since the Great Recession. While national statistics clearly show a short-term weakening, updated …

Exports

Dropout by Dartmouth Raises Questions on Health Law Cost-Savings Effort

WASHINGTON — In its quest to remake the nation’s health care system, the Obama administration has urged doctors and hospitals to band together to improve care and cut costs, using a model devised by researchers at Dartmouth College.<p>But Dartmouth itself, facing mounting financial losses in the …

Health

The Secret History of Colombia’s Paramilitaries and the U.S. War on Drugs

CALABAZO, Colombia — Skinny but imposing with aviator glasses, a bushy mustache and a toothy smile, Julio Henríquez Santamaría was leading a community meeting in this sylvan hamlet when he was abducted by paramilitary thugs, thrown into the back of a Toyota pickup and disappeared forever on Feb. 4, …

Political History

Assessing U.S.-China relations under the Obama administration

In weighing the state of U.S.-China relations, I am reminded of a well-known story. When Zhou Enlai, who served as China’s premier from 1949 to 1976, …

Asia

Detoxifying Duterte’s drug directives

President Barack Obama is in Laos today where he will attend the ASEAN meeting. Although he cancelled his meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo …

Philippines

U.S. and Russia Reach New Agreement on Syria Conflict

GENEVA — Russia and the United States reached agreement early Saturday on a new plan to reduce violence in the Syria conflict that, if successful, could lead for the first time to joint military targeting by the two big powers against Islamic jihadists in Syria.<p>The agreement was reached after 10 …

Russia

Democrats May Win Senate, But Hopes Dim for Anti-Trump Landslide

Democrats have a better-than-even chance of winning control of the U.S. Senate in November, thanks in part to a backlash against Donald Trump, but it …

Donald Trump

Obamacare 'on the cusp of falling apart' as insurers flee health exchanges

When Christine Lo left her job in June, she was hoping Obamacare would mean she could still have health insurance.<p>Lo, 35, was confronted by a confusing enrollment process, which she said resulted in persistent calls from insurers trying to lure her in. Although she knew she would face tax penalties …

Insurance

After sweeping into northern Syria, Turkey faces hard choices

JARABLUS, Syria (Reuters) - Flashing victory signs and firing in the air, the young rebels who took this Syrian town from Islamic State a week ago may be jubilant, but their ability to hold territory will hinge on Turkey's appetite for keeping its forces inside Syria.<p>Sweeping in to Jarablus may …

Islamic State (ISIS)

U.S. and China to lead push on climate change at G20 summit

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - China and the United States are expected to give the Paris climate change agreement a big push forward as the world's largest economies gather for the G20 summit this weekend, including potentially jointly announcing their ratification of the deal and action to …

Asia

Covering Capitol Hill Since 1955

Posted at Sep 22, 2016 5:38 PM<p>'Every black life matters,' says Rep. Cedric L. Richmond<p>Christina Flom<p>Posted at Sep 22, 2016 5:38 PM<p>Members of the …

Saudi Arabia

DCCC Poll: Myers, Tenney Tied in Tossup New York House Race

Republican Claudia Tenney and Democrat Kim Myers were tied in a Democratic poll of New York's open 22nd District contest, obtained first by Roll Call.<p>…

Dick's Sporting Goods

Poll: Burr Holds Slight Edge Over Challenger in North Carolina

A new poll shows Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr holding a slight lead in the race for his North Carolina seat.<p>The poll from Emerson College found …

North Carolina

House Committee requests EpiPen documents from Mylan

(Reuters) - U.S. representatives Jason Chaffetz and Elijah Cummings of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter to Mylan NV Chief Executive Heather Bresch on Monday asking for documents and communications related to the fast-increasing price of allergy auto-injector …

Congressional Committees

Florida Contests Could Tip the Congressional Balance

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Senator Marco Rubio went down the list of political enemies and rivals like a roll-call vote: President Obama. Hillary Clinton (“more Obama”). Both of his possible Democratic rivals, Representatives Patrick Murphy (“he has not had to struggle a single day in his life”) and Alan …

Government

Fentanyl Law Enforcement Submissions and Increases in Synthetic Opioid–Involved Overdose Deaths — 27 States, 2013–2014 | MMWR

In March and October 2015, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and CDC, respectively, issued nationwide alerts identifying illicitly …

Statistics

Congressional Tweets Can Reveal Levels of Partisanship

Elected Democrats and Republicans in Congress are often at odds with one another, and now there's a new way to directly measure that partisanship, …

Cool

Health-care exchange sign-ups fall far short of forecasts

Enrollment in the insurance exchanges for President Obama’s signature health-care law is at less than half the initial forecast, pushing several major insurance companies to stop offering health plans in certain markets because of significant financial losses.<p>As a result, the administration’s …

Insurance

Will the Federal Reserve really have what it takes to fight off the next recession?

Sticking with the Federal Reserve, let us review this interesting and timely new paper by Fed economist David Reifschneider.<p>By way of background: Someone called me the other day all wound up because some market prognosticator convinced her that a U.S. recession was right around the corner. I think …

Federal Reserve

The Senator’s Daughter Who Raised Prices on the EpiPen

Members of Congress are in an unusual position as they demand an explanation for Mylan NV’s 400 percent price hike for the EpiPen and focus attention …

Prices

Senate map expands for Dems

While Portman and Rubio look strong, Burr and Blunt could be vulnerable.

Donald Trump

Trump says he'll release immigration plan within two weeks

"Once the border is secured ... we will see what we will see."

Immigration