No one expects the machinery of progress to roll backwards, but sometimes it seems that no one is watching the speedometer (or manning the brakes, assuming any exist). Is this a fair assessment? If so, should we be worried — and what can we do about it?
In this feature, experts on technology, risk, science, policy and neuroscience discuss risk, innovation and how our values affect our conceptions of both.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is the latest milestone in a century-long struggle to reform healthcare in America and the most significant achievement in that area since President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law in 1965. Its passage was a hard-won victory marred by compromise and sapped by a ceaseless campaign to block its passage, halt its implementation and gut its funding – a struggle that continues to this day. Already the ACA has overcome one Supreme Court challenge, with another appearance before the highest court in the land likely in 2015.
Amid all the wrangling and vitriol, it’s easy to lose track of what happened and when, but don’t worry. My latest article has you covered.
Ambrose Bierce called insurance “an ingenious modern game of chance in which the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction that he is beating the man who keeps the table.” Liability auto insurance can shield you from the worst financial fallout of an accident, but it’s still a long shot that you’ll need it. When buying a policy, consider: How lucky do you feel, and how much do you stand to lose?
Paying auto insurance premiums month after month can be a bitter pill to swallow. It’s like a bet you’re never allowed to collect on because, if you do, chances are you’re premiums will go up. Maybe the pill would go down a bit easier if we better understood how the odd little people in the green visors calculate our premiums.