May 9, 2013 A Duke professor asks: What would happen if all the millionaires in public office joined a single political party? Answer: They'd control the federal government by a wide margin.
Stacey Vanek Smith
May 9, 2013 U.S. jobless claims are falling -- most recently to a pre-recession level -- but does that mean nothing more than employers are getting to the point where they can’t lay off any more workers?
May 9, 2013 An expansion of Medicaid is supposed to cover more of the working poor. But Republican-led states have been opting out and outlying areas in states like Tennessee may be the hardest hit.
May 9, 2013 Is there such a thing as an unemployment rate that is too low?
May 8, 2013 The public can search a database for prices for 100 common procedures at every hospital in the country, opening a window onto price differences.
May 8, 2013 You wouldn't dream of buying a new laptop without comparing prices -- why should health care be any different? The government is releasing new data about what hospitals charge in various places for medical procedures, and the prices vary widely.
May 7, 2013 Health care costs have been rising at a slower rate for the last four years. Why? Hint: The answer is not the recession.
May 7, 2013 New numbers on job openings in the U.S. are out. And there's a bit of a mystery: Why are there so many job openings and so few hires?
May 6, 2013 China’s government has spent more than $125 billion on securing coverage for 95 percent of the country, but big problems remain. China remains a place where out-of-pocket costs can equal a year’s salary and where underpaid doctors expect a bribe before they perform surgery on you.