Daily Archives: September 5, 2009

Holiday reading

Whoops, I got busy again and didn’t have time to make new pictures of TFR vs HDI for Rif and Tanja, let alone fix the Bayes factor estimation code or implement the nested sampling version (which I think will be the cool way to estimate evidence). But coming soon: How MCMC is tying my new work in Health Metrics to my education in Operations Research. That will be in two weeks, at best.

Until then, here is some light reading to get ready for a big week of US healthcare reform debate: Get Sick, Get Out, a survey conducted by lawyers interested in catastrophic medical payments and their connection to housing forclosures. It’s 40 pages long, but it’s in legal-journal format, where they have like 10 words per page if you skip the footnotes. From the abstract:

Half of all respondents (49%) indicated that their foreclosure was caused in part by a medical problem, including illness or injuries (32%), unmanageable medical bills (23%), lost work due to a medical problem (27%), or caring for sick family members (14%).

I’m excited for the next week of healthcare reform debates. When my most jaded friends are forwarding me Moveon.org videos (and I’m listening to 4 minutes of recent REM), I know something unusual is going on.

Happy labor day weekend!

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