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The Coming Deadly Covid Winter

You don’t have to be the son of a fortune teller, like my former Sumitomo Bank colleague Atsuo Konishi, to sometimes say, “I can see the future. To me, it as if it is already here.” The trajectory of Covid in the US, in combination with the baked-in features of our inept policy responses, means that the general outlines of what will happen over the next few months are close to inevitable. The only element in doubt is the severity of the outcomes. Mind you, nothing below should come as a...

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To Save the Economy, Biden Must First Save Lives

Yves here. Thomas Neuburger has taken up the INET post we featured over the weekend on their recommended approach to tacking the Covid crisis, which includes lockdowns and extensive testing, accompanied by income support and subsidies. This is consistent with an observation that we made early on: the virus is in charge. Focusing on the economy rather than the disease was bound to fail. The sometimes energetic discussion in comments included objections to the authors’ claims that strict...

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To Save the Economy, Save People First: Targeted Measures and Subsidies for Cost Effective COVID-19 Abatement

Yves here. The situation with the site is getting worse. Jerri and Lambert are finding it massively difficult to post, to the degree that Jerri was unable to finish her planned original posts due to the time it took for her to complete Links and load cross posts. So apologies for the shortfall of original material. However, the caliber of this INET post will hopefully be an offset. It gives a detailed set of “fix the economy” priorities that it explains are critical. It explains why making...

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How Biden Can Protect Workers on Day 1

Yves here. This is a terrific example of how the Executive Branch has considerable latitude in interpreting and enforcing existing regulations, in this case, how OSHA has authority to establish workplace safety rules for Covid. But this is the Biden Administration we’re talking about. We’ve already seen Biden made grand campaign promises for his plans to combat Covid, which included paid vacations, income support for employees and gig workers, and rental assistance. The plan his transition...

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Ticketmaster’s Reckless, Privacy-Shredding Covid Plan to Get You in Their Seats

Conservatives of the paranoid bent sometimes try to depict Covid-19 as wildly exaggerated threat so the government can take away their freedumbs.1 But as we’ll see, the government should be the least of their worries. The big threat is private sector actors like Ticketmaster, with bright ideas about get back their old normal economics, in partnership with companies like IBM who already want to get their hands on your health data. And to make matters worse, the Ticketmaster scheme, at least...

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Home Health Aide Services for the Elderly as a Lemon Market

One of the many ways in which America is like a third world country is the lack of government support for elder care. And it isn’t as if this is an issue we ought to be ignoring. The number of Americans over 65 will double from 2000 levels by 2040, and the number over 85 is expected to increase fourfold. 70% of the elderly will typically need assistance, which means either going to what is politely referred to as a facility (either a nursing home or “assisted living”) or aging in place with...

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Quick Comments on the Biden-Harris Covid Plan: Not Much Sizzle and No Steak

Lambert and I both recognize the need to provide a serious treatment of the so-called Biden-Harris Covid plan. However, the new, improved transition version of the scheme is so threadbare compared to the extensive, full bore assault campaign version that the shared elements are few and far between. First, this new plan isn’t the same as the one on the Biden campaign site. The campaign version had no mention of contact tracing, while this iteration does. But if you simply skim the campaign...

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What to Know as ACA Heads to Supreme Court — Again

Lambert here: The ACA a victim of its own complexity. Imagine the Supreme Court was giving Medicare for All an up-or-down vote. They’d blink, just as Roberts blinked in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, and FDR’s Court blinked with its “jurisprudential shift” to supporting New Deal legislation after FDR won in 1932 and threatened them with his court-packing plan. Instead we’re fighting over which parts of a Rube Goldberg device to dismantle, or not. By Julie Rovner,...

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