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The Big Problem With High Health Care Deductibles

The Big Problem With High Health Care Deductibles

February 5, 2016

By Margot Sanger-Katz - The New York Times

Amitabh Chandra, an economist at Harvard, and one of the researchers, said he was convinced the study would prove the value of deductibles, at least for well-off and well-educated workers. He was wrong. Over all, the workers did spend less on health care. Spending fell by about 12 percent, a remarkable decline. But the way workers achieved those savings gave the researchers pause.

Girls’ Education: An ideal target for both extremists and humanitarian interventions, scholar says

Girls’ Education: An ideal target for both extremists and humanitarian interventions, scholar says

February 4, 2016

By Shenila Khoja-Moolji - The Washington Post

Such formulations, however, not only re-articulate the binary of victim/heroine, but also abstract education from a complex web of issues such as state corruption, the hollowed-out welfare system, and lack of access to jobs, among others. In the case of Pakistan, for instance, research shows that girls are in school; in fact, there are more girls in higher education than boys!

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