Good stuff from Heartland’s podcasts this week, including an discussion on why Romneycare failed to lower health costs in Massachusetts. Click the links below to listen, and subscribe on iTunes so you get the latest podcasts as soon as they are produced. (Search for “Heartland Institute” in the iTunes store.)
ON HEALTH CARE: Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney recently conceded he “didn’t get the job done” on lowering health costs in Massachusetts. Let’s consider why that is. Listen here.
ON TECH: Marc Oestreich, The Heartland Institute’s legislative specialist for technology policy, discusses the October 27 reform of the $8 billion Universal Service Fund by the Federal Communications Commission. Listen here.
ON BUDGET: The national debt is expected to top the year’s total economic output on Oct. 31, a level of debt that scares many economists because research shows debt levels that high usually drag down long-term economic performance. Emily Skarbek, director of the Government Cost Calculator, has the ghoulish details. Listen here.
ON FIRE: C-FIRE Deputy Director R.J. Lehmann speaks with Joseph Annotti, president and CEO of the American Fraternal Alliance, about the history of fraternal benefit societies as providers of insurance and the potential for an upswing of interest in fraternals given the recession and building resentment of large financial services companies. Listen here.