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A Season of Mergers

Over the past few years a number of odd partnerships have formed between leading companies from different industries. Most notable among them might be Amazon’s acquisition of first the Washington Post and a bit later Whole Foods. It doesn’t take a professional cynic to see that more appealed to the corporation than plain intrigue about the grocery business or recommitment to the integrity of investigative journalism during a period when the freedoms of that institution seem in jeopardy. Read More

Mistakes Somewhere

Years ago, one of my friend’s wife managed their checkbook, always going through it at the end of the month and attempting to making sense of the money. Sometimes, it turned out there was more income than sense when she sat down at the desk in the laundry room and sharpened her pencil...... Read More

A BRIEF, UNHAPPY HISTORY OF HEALTHCARE CO-OPS: WHERE ARE THEY GOING, WHERE HAVE THEY BEEN?

One of the Internet’s gifts—and occasional annoyances!— is its space for people to self-publish their alleged expertise on a subject. Surely this must be some form of purging. I feel an odd mixture of depression and excitement toward these online message boards. The writers on healthcare forums vary from doctors, hospital executives, and private insurers, to young families whose finances have been wrecked by medical expenses. Read More