October 30, 2009 The U.S. government has poured $50 billion into General Motors, and taxpayers own 61 percent of the automaker's stock. Now the question is whether sales can ever recover enough for the public to get its money back.
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October 22, 2009 Government "car czar" Steven Rattner has harsh words for both GM and Chrysler.
October 21, 2009 Veterinary care is becoming more like medical care for humans — better and more expensive. And now, pet owners are beginning to buy insurance policies for their critters. But what will happen if it takes hold?
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October 16, 2009 Economists have begun saying that the recession may have ended this summer. But an expanding economy hasn't led to an expanded number of jobs. Structural changes in the labor market help explain why.
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October 5, 2009 Artist Matthew Hincman designed his own currency and minted 1,200 of them in copper. He'll be leaving them in random places for people to find and puzzle over.
September 30, 2009 Andy Wardlaw writes: "Doctors' success rates aren't recorded and compared? So how is there competition in the marketplace?"
September 29, 2009 Economists say one of the biggest obstacles to making health care cheaper is a lack of information. Some consumer advocates want access to a Medicare database so patients can compare physicians' performance. That has led to a lengthy court battle over doctors' privacy.
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September 28, 2009 Two economists look back on the financial crisis and argue speeches by Ben Bernanke and Henry Paulson did more to spook the markets than the failure of Lehman Brothers.
September 22, 2009 The NYT reports that the FDIC may borrow money from healthy banks to replenish its insurance fund.
September 18, 2009 Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee talks (in english!) about the past year and what lies ahead.
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September 17, 2009 The idea of creating a government-run health care plan to compete with regular insurance companies has received mixed grades among economists. The debate is over whether the plan would eliminate waste in the system as advertised.
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September 17, 2009 Unlike with many diseases, we know a lot about which places that treat cystic fibrosis do a good job, and which don't. Economists say that kind of information is good, but it does create some painful situations.
September 16, 2009 The proposed bill does not include plans for a government-run insurance plan.
September 15, 2009 Princeton health care economist gives President Obama an A- on his health care speech overall, but a B-/C+ on the economics of his argument for a public plan option.
September 11, 2009 A judge says she's not in the business of making more for insurance companies. David Kestenbaum wonders whether that makes sense.
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