Critics of Obamacare are using its Internet woes to claim, once again, that government can't do anything right. If Google built Obamacare, they say, the site would work flawlessly and every uninsured American would have found a plan by now. If Amazon built Obamacare, every uninsured American would have already chosen a plan, put it in their shopping cart and checked out.
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Worker-owned businesses are on the rise. The number of worker-owned business in the U.S. is growing robustly, around 6 percent per year, and these businesses now account for about 12 percent of the private sector workforce.
The bungled rollout of Obamacare commands attention in Washington. But out in the real world, a much more serious and long term threat to the program has emerged. Across America, people who now hold private insurance policies are checking out their options, and they don't like what they see. Many are shocked to discover that they can't keep their current policies, and that their new policies will cost more, sometimes much more.
In Washington D.C. this week, business leaders in the sustainability movement opened up a new dialog with conservatives. Four conservative thinkers from R Street, the Future 500 and the D.C. law firm of K&L Gates spoke with an audience of sustainability advocates at a meeting convened by American Sustainable Business Council.
You'd have to be asleep not to notice the increasingly vicious and uncompromising tone of congressional debate lately. The short term results are all too clear: The prolonged inability to agree on a budget and debt levels; the costs inflicted by the government shutdown, for example, on flood victims in Colorado; the sheer unpleasantness of watching people we elect to lead us behaving like schoolyard bullies.
The western part of North Carolina has faced economic challenges for decades. Industries that once brought prosperity – tobacco, textiles and furniture manufacturing – have succumbed to globalization and health concerns. But a renaissance is in progress, thanks to an innovative approach to economic development that is catching on nationwide.
Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the latest case on campaign finance limits: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. This case is an attempt to undo one of the few remaining restraints on campaign contributions left after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in 2010.
Are you wondering why incomes for most Americans have been flat or declining even though the economy as a whole is growing? Do you wonder that means for economic growth and for our democracy?
A report released this week by an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, shows that income inequality in the U.S. economy is at a new high. As the economy struggles in the wake of the Great Recession, income inequality broke records going back nearly 100 years.