| Oct 24, 2013
| 1:39 PM
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 700,000 applications for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act have been completed, administration officials said Thursday, although they would not release data on how many people successfully enrolled in insurance...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 12:00 PM
In my Wednesday column, I described a vision of our future as imagined by economist Tyler Cowen: More rich people, more poor people and a smaller middle class; constant measurement of workers to help employers eliminate slackers; and “the creation...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Never mind the conventional speculation about whether the resolution of some political standoff in Washington favors Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives, "entitlement" fans or skeptics.
The more fundamental question, says Benjamin...
| Oct 17, 2013
Re "A history lesson for the GOP," Opinion, Oct. 15
Jane Mansbridge's article should be cast in stone and delivered to every member of Congress and to the president.
Mansbridge reminds us that the Democrats already gave huge concessions to the...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:45 AM
Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff is understandably unhappy with my critique of his "Inform Act"--a proposed federal law dictating a new way of government fiscal accounting that I explained in a recent column was a useless and misleading...
| Oct 15, 2013
When matters become extremely dire and disheartening, as they have been in the blatantly dysfunctional Congress, historians are usually the designated dispensers of perspective. As bad as things are, we like to say, they have been worse and the nation...
| Oct 10, 2013
The dull whir of the computer running in the background seemed to have gotten louder as the patient fell quiet. She was a young woman, a primary-care patient of mine, seeking a referral to yet another gastroenterologist. Her abdominal pain had already...
| Oct 8, 2013
For all the acrimony in Washington over Obamacare, there's an intriguing consensus around one issue: the ratchet effect. Neither side uses the term, but both the right and left treat it as an article of faith.
The term was coined by the libertarian...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 12:33 PM
WASHINGTON — Neither side in the standoff over the federal budget showed signs of movement Sunday as the shutdown of government agencies moved toward its second week, although both hinted at some aspects of what a potential deal eventually could...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Dear Liz: I am almost finished with my associate degree at my local community college and will be starting my undergraduate degree in January. I have been lucky enough to accrue no college debt so far but know I will when I start my bachelor's degree. I...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 5:34 PM
WASHINGTON – With no end to the shutdown in sight, Congress headed into a weekend session as House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) sought to firm up fraying support from his conservative flank by vowing he would not agree to raise the nation’...