Manhattan Institute Daily Update

Keeping you up-to-date on the latest by Manhattan Institute scholars
October 23, 2014

Health Care

ObamaCare Returns As An Election Albatross

Karl Rove, The Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2014
. . .The millions enrolled in ObamaCare are being told their premiums will increase next year. According to a recent Manhattan Institute report, premiums for a 40-year-old man are rising in 10 of the 12 states with Democratic-held Senate seats at risk. For a 40-year-old woman, premiums will increase in nine of the 12. Most premium increases will be in double digits. . .

Kasich: Only 'Political Or Ideological' People Oppose Ohio's Medicaid Expansion

Avik Roy,'s "The Apothecary," October 23, 2014
Last year, Ohio governor John Kasich (R.) claimed that opponents of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion would, literally, rot in he*l. This week, he claimed that it wasn't possible to be a sincere, principled critic of the Medicaid program. . .

Jeanne Shaheen's Dishonest Claim That Obamacare Doesn't Cut Medicare

Avik Roy,'s "The Apothecary," October 22, 2014
In last night's U.S. Senate debate in New Hampshire between incumbent Jeanne Shaheen (D.) and challenger Scott Brown (R.), Shaheen uttered a flat-out, bald-faced lie: that Obamacare doesn't cut Medicare spending to pay for its expansion of coverage to the uninsured. . .

The CDC's Dr. Talk Good

TRN's "The Jerry Doyle Show" interviewed Steven Malanga, 10-22-14

Economy & Finance

Scott Winship Wins Intelligence Squared Debate On Income Inequality

State and Local Budgets

Warren Buffett: Call Your City Council

Steven Malanga,, October 22, 2014
Warren Buffett might be considered one of the world's savviest investors, but his warnings aren't being heeded in his own hometown. Buffett has called the public pension nightmare a "gigantic financial tapeworm" eating away at city and state finances. . .

How Pension Debt Drives Down Borrowing Costs

Stephen Eide,, October 22, 2014
The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that favorable conditions in the muni market have allowed World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein to issue tax exempt bonds to finance his thinly-leased new building. At $1.6 billion, the deal will set a record for unrated debt. Like bankrupt Detroit's "highly oversubscribed" tender offer in August, this is yet another instance of risky credits being warmly welcomed by the market. . .

New York City/State Policy

How Healthy Is NYC's Pension System?

NPR NYC's Jessica Gould interviewed Daniel DiSalvo, 10-23-14

Culture and Society

Ebola Epidemic Overreaction

Ben Boychuk, Riverside Press-Enterprise, October 22, 2014
Please, calm down. You aren't going to catch Ebola and die. How can I possibly know for certain? Am I a doctor? No, I am not a doctor. But I can read. The literature is clear. . .

Neo-Victorianism On Campus

Bob Harden Radio w/Bob Harden interviewed Heather Mac Donald, 10-22-14

Higher Education

How The Education Department Warped Title IX

David Wilezol,, October 22, 2014
When Congress passed the Title IX section of the Education Amendments of 1972, it aimed simply to offer women more opportunities to participate in on-campus athletics. Over the years, however, Title IX has become the legal foundation for the Education Department to insinuate itself into se*ual assault cases. . .

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