The goals of the middle class are good goals for us all, and when we appeal to the middle class, we do not appeal to the people in that class so much as we appeal to the mores and the ideals that that the emergence of that class is supposed to embody. That is a thing to be cherished. Americans talk so much about the importance of the ideas that underpin our society; we should work to allow every American to channel these ideas, which are their natural inheritance.
Increasing access to healthcare information will improve healthcare outcomes. For a student at Stanford who will soon need to get vaccinated, an app encouraging me to do so moves me one-step closer to the waiting room. It helps cut through the cluttered busyness of Stanford life and remind me that, hey, my health actually matters.
We need policies that eliminate perverse incentives and disincentivize free-riding. Otherwise, the mundane, selfish shortcuts, like littering and cheating and carelessness, snip away at the foundations of a healthy society.
It would be naïve to believe that doctors and professional groups are not motivated by self-interest. If we truly want care that produces the best outcomes for patients and society, we need to restructure the incentive systems that doctors and professional organizations face.
The energy we have spent protecting ourselves against a few cases of ebola in the United States would have been put to much better use in stopping the epidemic from killing the thousands it has already taken.
A soda tax is no silver bullet—no health policy is—but it’s a step in the right direction. San Francisco and Berkeley have a chance to be leaders in state and national public health. They have a unique opportunity to improve nutrition in schools and combat America’s biggest health problem. If anything’s a fight worth fighting, this is it.
In a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in June, a group of Stanford academics discovered that transferring government workers and all retirees under 65 to Obamacare would save U.S. taxpayers $12 billion per year.
The world today is rife with conflict. As I write, Russia’s parliament has just voted to allow President Putin to send troops into Ukraine. Less than 2,000 miles away, the Syrian Civil War trudges on, taking 130,000 individuals with it. In our hemisphere, Caracas, Venezuela is experiencing a surge of violent riots. Bangkok, Thailand has…