The health industry’s problem with Medicare for All When it comes to Medicare for All—Bernie Sanders’s policy to turn the government into America’s one and only healthcare payer and save us from a profit-driven healthcare system—the people pocketing the $3.6 trillion Americans spend on healthcare every year foresee some problems with it. Here is the logic as told to me: Let’s say Medicare for All gets passed. The new rule would simplify billing and reduce costs immediately. There would also be an opportunity to shift to a more value-based, preventative healthcare model. However, it would kill off a significant number of jobs. The health insurance industry employs roughly 500,000 people, per the New York Times, which says nothing of the large numbers of administrative people hired in doctors’ offices and hospitals. Economist Robert Pollin estimates the job losses from such a shift would be 2 million. Critics of this argument say that perhaps it … [Read more...] about Don’t count on tech to cure healthcare’s many ills
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TrailheaDX also hosted a future trailblazer change through a kids coding camp where children participated in a contest using technology as a force for change. The top five teams presented their ideas in front of a large audience. Team Changemakers from Sukrupa School was adjudged as winners. … [Read more...] about Salesforce empowers developers; announces tech training at TrailheaDX
In a 2018 Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time U.S. employees, 23% say they’re “always or very often” burned out. Another 44% said they “sometimes” feel this way. There are complex forces behind this trend, but it’s safe to assume that burnout doesn’t lead to innovation. Original thinking takes time—and strategic brainstorming techniques can help your organization step back and address meaningful challenges. … [Read more...] about Ditching the whiteboard and adopting two brainstorming practices helped my company thrive. Here’s how.
After doing some research, the two discovered that the form factor of our beauty products hasn’t changed much since the 1950s, despite major shifts in women’s lifestyles. Why not? Because Big Makeup doesn’t have an incentive to make more-compact sizes. “It’s a cost-of-goods issue,” explained Fredrickson. “The main cost to the consumer is the packaging, not the formulation.” Makeup companies get better margins on bigger products. Portable items would cost the same to make, and sell for less money. Samples, however, are a different story. A big brand views them as marketing, especially when sold through a retailer like Birchbox, that can track how often people size up. Fredrickson found that she and most of her friends rarely use those services for discovery, but for more-compact makeup. … [Read more...] about The New Purse-Friendly Cosmetics Startup That’s Gunning For Big Makeup
How The 1970s Grid Works At this very moment, your home or office is drawing power from the electrical grid, pulsing through metal wires at a constant 60Hz hum. It is, perhaps, the least exciting–yet most impactful–of human accomplishments, that we can flip on a switch at any moment of the day or night and have the lights come on. But this convenience necessitates the constant choreography of power plants working behind the scenes, turning on and off. Because if power runs low, suddenly your lights no longer turn on. But if the energy in the wires exceeds 60Hz by a significant margin? “We’d blow up power stations,” says Matt Roberts, executive director at the Energy Storage Association. … [Read more...] about Tesla Is Betting On Scarcity, Not Luxury