Economic trend health insurance

Uninsured Americans over the years

Eric Garland Government Trends, Healthcare trends Leave a Comment

Health insurance rates are a critical economic trend to follow when looking at a nation’s overall well-being. Remember, in the United States, healthcare is nearly 20% of the entire economy. This chart from the Competitive Futures Datalab shows that our perception of boom and bust does not always track with how many people are covered by insurance, a significant indicator …

The Gobbe is the enemy of the job

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My consulting firm Competitive Futures has one thing – and just one thing – in common with Uber: neither of us want to create a single job if we can help it. Yup, we’re both anti-job, as are most corporations these days, a state of affairs which should be an absolute nightmare to every single member of the workforce, not …

Continued police brutality is actually predictable

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After Ferguson, it would be easy to think that police departments around America would be on notice to radically improve performance and to bring their every action in line with the rule of law. After all, the events of 2014 were a national embarrassment which has led to federal investigations, a stream of lawsuits, and a new social movement that …

Ferguson was a failure of knowledge management

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There is a cultural and political question that Americans are asking: How could the corruption and abuse detailed in the Department of Justice report on the Ferguson Police department have gone on under our noses? How could a police department conduct themselves in such a lawless manner for so long without it coming to some authority’s attention? Beyond the moral …