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Peter R. Orszag

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Now is the perfect time to fix our roads and bridges

Roads, bridges and other infrastructure in the United States are steadily growing older and weaker. Given low interest rates and elevated unemployment, this is...

Jack Welch’s experience could improve jobs data

Last week, after the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced an unexpected decline in September’s unemployment rate, former General Electric Co. CEO Jack Welch...

How much health care spending is wasted? A whole lot

Recently, two reports underscored the potential for improving the value of health care in the United States. The first of these, “Best Care at...

Federal help for Medicaid expansion will aid adoption

Officials in the Obama administration confidently predict that few, if any, states will opt out of the expansion of Medicaid that health care reform...

Barbell approach needed to lift heavy U.S. economy

Despite the hoopla over recent jobs numbers and the June 5 long-term fiscal outlook from the Congressional Budget Office, the underlying reality of the...

Bad models mistook housing bust for dot-com bubble

In a speech last month about the financial crisis, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke trenchantly noted that the initial losses from the dot-com...

Defined-contribution health plans the coming wave

Over the next decade, we are likely to see a shift in health insurance in the United States: So-called defined-contribution plans will gradually take...

Tax code has upside-down rewards for good behavior

As the super committee created by Congress to cut $1.5 trillion from the federal deficit over the coming decade begins its work, one thing...

Four ways Congress can upgrade our credit rating: Peter Orszag

Now that Standard & Poors has downgraded the U.S.’s AAA credit rating, it is important to respond boldly and, at the same time, lower...
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