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August 20, 2009


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Health Care Town Hall Debating Points

The temperature is hot and so are Americans' emotions about health care. Many are speaking their minds to their families, their friends, and to members of Congress. That's to be expected, since health care is both a personal and public issue, but do they have all the key findings—or have they been inundated with noise? In a new fact sheet, UI's Health Policy Center provides key information about health care to help spur a thoughtful and productive debate about this divisive topic. read more

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How We Can Pay for Health Reform

The U.S. faces the challenging question of how to finance health reform, which is estimated to cost $1.5 trillion over 10 years. In a new brief, UI researchers examine realistic sources of savings and sources of revenue that could be used to pay for health reform. These measures encourage the burden to be spread broadly and explore several proposals for delivery system reforms. The introduction of a public plan option and a reduction in Medicare and Medicaid payments are also examined. read more

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Unemployment: How High, How Long?

The unemployment rate is the highest it's been in 26 years. UI researchers examine past trends, current proposals to help affected families, and potential policy solutions for the future.

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Five Questions for the Experts
Tom PollakThomas H. Pollak, coauthor of "Washington-Area Nonprofit Operating Reserves" answers five questions about local nonprofits' financial health. This first-of-its-kind study looks at the operating reserves of public charities—from soup kitchens to local arts groups—and finds that most nonprofits had weak reserves before the downturn, leaving them vulnerable to effects of the recession. more

Academic Perspectives on the Future of Public Housing
Sue PopkinSusan J. Popkin testifies on two decades of the HOPE VI urban redevelopment program and how it can inform the Obama administration’s "Choice Neighborhoods" initiative. more

A Better Way to Get Educated, Employed
Bob LermanIf you think apprenticeship sounds like a relic from centuries past —good enough for Ben Franklin but a no-go in a 21st-century economy— think again, Robert Lerman explains. more

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"The way it's been distorted into death panels, government bureaucrats deciding who should live or die, is a complete fabrication."

Robert Berenson on
Marketplace, Aug. 13

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the percentage of unemployed workers who received health benefits in 2007.