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February 19, 2017

Today’s political landscape is more polarized than ever before. The age-old tradition of compromise and “reaching across the aisle” seems to be more and more unlikely. Nonetheless, there has been no issue more polarizing than healthcare. It is a policy that has traditionally created a rift between the Republican and Democratic parties since its inception in the 1960s. With a majority in both Houses of Congress, the Republicans look to overturn Obamacare as their first priority. Congressman Tom Price's (R-G.A.)'s introduced the Empowering Patients First Act in 2015, legislation that will completely overturn Obamacare. Recently, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) unveiled the first page of the Republican alternative to Obamacare.

It is essential to know what this new system will entail, in theory and in practice:

1. Provide grants to states to insure high-risk patients. High-risk patients include individuals who are more prone to be sick, including those with pre-existing conditions and those aged...

January 29, 2017

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It is no secret that the “free” press is something of a joke in Russia. Elections for the presidency and for the Duma (the Lower House) are falsely democratic, no independent judiciary exists, and the mass media - Channels One and Two - are largely state-run. The Kremlin is the Big Brother that the majority of the Russian population is only too apathetic to accept. Their lack of freedom has debilitated them, to the extent that they have lost the will to fight. There is no hope. Yet some Russians still speak out.

Many of the most vocal critics of Putin’s administration are from within Russia itself - namely its journalists. After all, words have the power to expose the truth-long after one is dead or assassinated. Much of Putin’s administration is bogged down in obscurity. Among these events that have no clear explanation are ritual killings, terrorist and suicide bombings, the corrupted lifestyle of the rich, the Sochi Olympics, the Russian financial crisis, the...

January 8, 2017

Should We Kill the Wasps and Hornets? At first glance, the idea of crime producing any widespread benefits appears ludicrous. Crime has long been associated with the erosion of a society, and well-known economists and boisterous politicians alike have cited how a weak economy correlates, and can even be a cause behind a country’s crime index. Yet in light of recent statistics, one cannot see crime as a one-sided villain; instead, its tug of war on the economy is a complex battle demanding to be resolved. For example, while the annual cost of crime is estimated to be 45 billion dollars, the value of the privatized prison industry is a staggering 25 billion dollars more (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2009).

Rather than merely presenting a threat to the economy, crime may in fact engender and propagate economic sectors of its own. In the midst of mixed data, one may even consider that crime has no effect on an economy. Thus, the question begs to be discussed: to what extent does crime aff...

December 24, 2016

Healthcare is a 3-trillion dollar industry. This implies that we should treat - and manage - it like a business. However, many healthcare professionals shy from doing this, proclaiming that medicine is humanistic. However, avoiding the business aspects of medicine is beginning to interfere and detract from the humanistic elements of medicine. Healthcare professionals need to look at medicine more objectively, by putting a value to health. This doesn’t necessarily demean or objectify the human life - instead, it can ameliorate it. Doctors and hospitals also need more flexibility. Back in the halcyon days of the 1950s, before the growth in managed care, doctors were able to establish genuine relationships with their patients.

Today, with jam-packed back-to-back appointments, doctors rarely get to know their patients. In order to bring back the focus on the humanistic elements of medicine, bundle packages and block grants should be granted to hospitals, rather than categorical grants. In...

November 20, 2016

VIA MARKET MAD HOUSE 

In present-day America, the minimum wage issue plagues politicians, economists, and students alike. However, despite its prevalence in today’s media, most people do not completely grasp the issue. To put it simply, minimum wage refers to the minimum hourly wage that an employer can pay his or her worker according to the law. The minimum wage varies in amount across the nation. Some states, such as Washington, have implemented a gradual increase to a 15-dollar minimum wage. On the opposite end of the spectrum, states such as Alabama and South Carolina have not implemented a minimum wage.

I believe that minimum wage should be increased from $7.25 to $10.10, due to increased worker productivity, consumer spending, and a negligible amount of resulting unemployment compared with the current state of affairs. In the free market, a worker’s wage is determined by where the supply curve and demand of labor curve intersect. However, this equilibrium is not necessarily the soc...

July 27, 2016

2016 has been a monumental year in terms of spectacles and horrors. Scientists have landed a satellite on an orbiting comet, perceptions have shifted over women’s rights, and public ride sharing services like Uber have become household terms. At the same time, recent media has brought several atrocities to light, involving racial violence and shootings. What is it in the basis of human nature that can lead to both glorious and horrific situations in tandem? The role of authority in the form of policemen and civilians has become blurred, and many have begun to question the basis for the decisions made by these authority figures. This doubt changes the dynamic of the power figure in the local government and is playing a pivotal role in the irresolute landscape pertaining to human rights and the role of weapons.


In August 2014, the media focused around the events in Ferguson, Missouri. An African-American teenager was shot and killed by a police officer after a convenience store robbery a...

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