Category: The Forum

The next sound that you hear from the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal will likely be, “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” Last August the Atlanta Public Schools Blue Ribbon Commission of very high profile corporate executives released its report that found no evidence of systemic cheating on 2009 school year state competency tests.  Now we know better and the story being told is absolutely repulsive. Lacking subpoena powers, two companies hired to create the investigatory work produced a 22-page report that substantially failed to answer questions that include:  What did Beverly Hall know and when did she know it?  Perhaps it was always too much to expect that a Blue… View Article

Why is There a Primary Care Physician Shortage?

This is Richard Posner, writing at the Becker/Posner blog: Third-party payment is a pervasive feature of American medicine. Why anyone should want health insurance other than “major medical”—that is, insurance against catastrophic medical bills—is a great mystery, as is the fact that Medicare subsidizes routine health care of upper-middle-class people. Since disease and injury tend to be unpredictable, health insurance smooths costs over time, which is efficient, but a person could achieve that smoothing simply by saving the money that he now pays in health-insurance premiums and investing it to create a fund out of which to pay future health expenses as they occur. But we are stuck with third-party payment, and it systematically favors specialists over primary-care physicians,… View Article

A Florida Judge Proposes Cheaper and More Effective Alternatives to Juvenile Detention

Irene Sullivan worked nine years as a juvenile court judge in Florida. During her tenure in St. Petersburg she witnessed heartbreaking scenes of incarcerated youth, but she also saw alternative sanctions that resulted in genuine success stories. Sullivan has meticulously researched these programs, and…… View Article
Another interesting report from the National Center for Policy Analysis: About 5 percent of the population is responsible for almost half of all health care spending in the United States and for rising premium rates, according to a new report from the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, says the National Journal. The report stated about half of the U.S. population accounted for only 3.1 percent of all expenditures. But 10 percent of the population hogged 63.6 percent of all health spending, the survey found. The top 5 percent of the population accounted for 47.5 percent of all spending, and the top 1 percent accounted for 20.2 percent. While the average person incurred about $233 in costs in… View Article
From the National Center for Public Analysis: The federal government’s deficit usually rises during recessions, and the depth of the last recession contributed to the red ink.  However, the rise in the deficit this time was extraordinary.  Why did the federal deficit increase so much more during and after this recession than during and after previous recessions? A new paper from the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation (IRET) examines the 10 U.S. recessions since 1950. It concludes that an upsurge in federal spending is the primary reason for federal deficits of a magnitude not seen since World War II. [Emphasis added.] The federal government was running a budget deficit prior to the recession that officially began in… View Article

Ohio Passes A Major Reform Package

This week Governor John Kasich is expected to sign a monumental piece of criminal justice legislation into law, The Plain Dealer reports. The bill, which drew significant support from both parties, will send low-level nonviolent…… View Article

Georgia Tests a New Method of Parole Reporting

It is well-understood that parole is less expensive than incarceration, but the state of Georgia is now testing a new program to make parole even more cost-effective. The state has expanded its parole population by 10% in the past ten years, and this has led to…… View Article

Kansas Forms New Partnership To Take On Recidivism

Kansas spends over $300 million per year on the incarceration of some 15,000 inmates in county and state prisons, and it boasts a recidivism rate of around 43% (on par with the national average). According to Right On Crime supporter Pat Nolan, Governor Sam Brownback has decided that…… View Article
Consumers have no idea how much they pay for health care, so it’s not surprising they often overpay, but 683 percent?! Patients pay as much as 683 percent more for the same medical procedures, such as MRIs or CT scans, in the same town, depending on which doctor they choose, according to a new study by a national health care group, reports USA Today. For a pelvic CT scan, they found that within one town in the Southwest, a person could pay as little as $230 for the procedure, or as a much as $1,800. For a brain MRI in a town in the Northeast, a person could pay $1,540 — or $3,500. Howard McClure, CEO of Change:healthcare says… View Article

The Foundation should take a lot of pride in your influence on Georgia governmental policy over the past several years. If you look back on several things that you were crying in the wilderness about several years ago, you will find that Governor Miller adopted them…your influence and your pressure on that process has been a major factor in governmental policy in Georgia. You should be congratulated.

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