Entries by David Anderson

Two great philosophers for the next four years

Okay, now it’s real so let us rely on two great philospophers for the next four years: And it looks like America agrees with Ron Burgundy CBS News: It has been 10 weeks since Donald Trump was elected president, and more Americans disapprove (48 percent) than approve (37 percent) of the way he has handled […]

A personal note on policy evaluation

I want to lay out one of my key heuristics for policy analysis and evaluation for the next four years. But first I need to go back a little in my life to two time periods. 1992 sucked for my family. I am one of five kids. My mom worked a retail job as she […]

Yelling at assistant referees

538 has a good piece on the implicit bias referees have when they get yelled at in NFL games: a sideline bias in the NFL is real, and it’s spectacular. To prove it, we looked at the rates at which refs call the NFL’s most severe penalties, including defensive pass interference, aggressive infractions like personal […]

1332 juiced up

Margot Sanger-Katz from the NY Times flags an interesting pre King vs. Burwell Republican plan that is actually interesting in a non-sarcastic manner. The Cassidy Obamacare “replace” plan is interesting: Keeps most of Obamacare, but devolves indiv. market to states. https://t.co/C55kRF0akW — Margot Sanger-Katz (@sangerkatz) January 17, 2017 Let’s look at it with the 53 […]

Fee Schedule

The Society of Actuaries commissioned Milliman to do a great review of the different payment methodologies and their risk profiles for a wide variety of stakeholders in 2015.  It is a great read (for the right definition of a great read).  One of the things that I want to pull out is the chart below. […]