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Penalties looming, what grade for Obamacare?


With stiff penalties looming for citizens without health insurance in 2015, at least $325 per person and up to $975 for a family, the question looms: Is Obamacare working like it was supposed to? Specifically, did the Affordable Care Act (ACA): 1) significantly improve access, and 2) reduce the cost of care? When the Democrats controlled Congress ...

Amidst ‘distractions,’ what happened to job creation?

Governor Scott Walker

Job creation was the central debate topic in the just-concluded campaign for governor of Wisconsin, so the question has to be asked: how did that issue fade so fast from the radar screen of the state’s political leaders? Remember the hoo-ha about not hitting the 250,000 jobs goal in Gov. Scott Walker’s first term? Yet, the headlines ...

Beyond happy talk on economic collaboration

Mike Lovell of Marquette

There is a sad but true piece of reality that needs to be injected to the happy talk on the subject of collaboration in Wisconsin for economic development. Even thought the standard rhetoric extols the virtue of collaboration on a statewide basis, and even though Rebecca Blank, chancellor of UW-Madison, has decried the rivalry between campuses, ...

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