Business & Technology
Published Precision vs. Profits, an investigation for Discover Magazine on costly prostate treatments of marginal benefit to thousands of men.
The influential $42 billion-a-year payday lending industry, thriving from a surge in emergency loans to people struggling through the recession, is pouring record sums into lobbying, campaign contributions, and public relations – and getting results.
Even as foreclosures surged, banking industry lobbyists undermined attempts to keep people in their homes. Big banks and their advocates in Washington delayed, diluted and obstructed attempts to address the problem. Industry lobbyists are still at it today, working overtime to whittle down legislative remedies, buy time and thwart regulation.(BusinessWeek)
How corporate donors enhance their bottom line (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
Many assume disadvantaged minorities, who make up most of the uninsured, would substantially benefit from universal coverage and health reform. Yet studies show better care frequently fails to improve the health of minorities, the poor or the lesser educated. (Congressional Quarterly Researcher)
Every 15 years or so, health reform arouses great enthusiasm, only to fail spectacularly. Sometimes, specific populations — the elderly, the disabled, low-income children – have benefited. Universal coverage? Elusive as the Holy Grail. (Congressional Quarterly Researcher)
Roxanne Tsosie was able to find a job and a car because greater access to credit has put many goods within reach of the working poor. Tsosie hoped it would help her achieve self-sufficiency. But zealous companies have new ways to lure unsophisticated shoppers into a thicket of debt. Furor over mortgages? That was only part of the larger story of the explosion in subprime credit. (BusinessWeek)
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