For what it’s worth, here are some articles which provide timely information concerning the current state of the economy as well as the current state of affairs for health care reform.  Mark Soutter made reference during a previous meeting of ECO 5315 to the Safeway grocery chain’s use of financial incentives to cut employee health care costs; the article from Knowledge@Wharton entitled “Cutting Calories for Cash” provides further information. 

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The State of the Economy

Mr. Wesbury notes that “New job growth will follow this year or in 2010, but new tax burdens could keep unemployment higher than it should be.”

Health Care Reform

“Numbers are hard.  Some people find them boring… But numbers matter in health care reform.  I want to highlight some important numbers and economic forces in these bills that are receiving insufficient attention.  If these bills become law, these numbers will significantly affect your financial well-being.”

“A supermarket chain says it has held its employee health care costs in check by offering financial incentives for healthy behavior.”

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