Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, many US states adopted their own Obamacare health insurance exchanges, many did not, and some opted for partial administration. In new research, Shihyun Noh argues that states were more likely to run health insurance exchanges in partnership with the federal government when they received financial incentives, had fewer state […]
A key aim of public policymaking is to change public behavior in one way or another. In new research which focuses on voting patterns in Colorado, Andrew Menger and Robert M. Stein tested a number of ways of encouraging people to return their mail-in ballots early. They find that only message which increased early voting was one which explained […]
State and local agencies are more effective than the federal government in housing discrimination enforcement
Discrimination by those selling or renting homes is illegal under the 1968 Fair Housing Act (known as Title VIII), but housing discrimination and segregation in the US have not been eliminated. Federal, state, and local agencies are responsible for enforcing Title VIII, so in which part of government is enforcement most effective? In new research which analyses data from […]
Donald Trump’s interim Opioid Commission report did not mention drug courts. Here’s why that’s a positive step.
Last week, President Trump declared America’s opioid crisis to be a “public health emergency”, announcing measures to tackle the problem including expanding access to treatment. John Collins writes that, in a positive and perhaps surprising move, in its interim report, Trump’s Commission did not mention drug courts, a politically popular approach to tackling substance-abuse. He argues that drug courts, […]
Uncooperative federal government has led to innovation on marijuana policy in more liberal, less religious states.
In the past two decades, 29 states and Washington DC have liberalized their laws on the use of medical marijuana – in defiance of federal regulations. A. Lee Hannah and Daniel J. Mallinson look at why some states have become ‘defiant innovators’ in this area. They find that if a state is more liberal and less religious, if the […]
Medicare, health insurance for the elderly, a universal program for which all Americans become eligible when they reach retirement age; and Medicaid, health insurance for the poor are two often conflated and misused concepts. George Klosko deconstructs Medicare and Medicaid’s different histories and structures and misconceptions about the contributory nature of each.
As Congress struggles to repeal and replace the […]
Democrats are more likely than Republicans or Independents to blame genetics for obesity – including their own.
More than 70 percent of American adults are overweight, with over a third in the obese category, but the public in general does not support a greater role for government in tackling this problem. In new research, Don Haider-Markel and Mark Joslyn look at whether or not Americans think that obesity is caused by biology or a result of […]
While the Obama presidency saw the introduction of Obamacare and the expansion of Medicaid in many US states, President Trump’s administration may well roll back these reforms. Nickolas Zaller argues that while they can, Southern states should expand Medicaid, one effect of which would be to improve health outcomes for those involved with the criminal justice system. He suggests […]
Long Read Review: Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop by Anna Lembke
In Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were Duped, Patients got Hooked and Why it’s So Hard to Stop, Anna Lembke sheds light on the rise of prescription drug addiction in the USA, fuelled in part by the actions of doctors and the structure of the US healthcare system. As the book illuminates the causes and drivers behind the increasing […]