The Associated Press reports that New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities is demanding $11.67 million from the sister of a mentally disabled man they cared for from 2002 until his death in 2012.
The American College of Emergency Physicians says so, based on a survey of ER doctors. The survey was not properly designed to test that hypothesis.
Frequent flier programs were intended to create brand loyalty, particularly among business travelers, thereby creating a margin for competition other than price. Over the years, airlines have debased frequent flier miles as a currency by “printing money” – creating vastly more miles than they intend to allow customers to redeem. Airlines sop up these excess miles by unilaterally raising the “price” of frequent flier tickets, directly (by increasing the number of miles required to redeem) or indirectly (such as by restricting the number of seats eligible for awards). They have to be careful, though, because this undermines efforts to encourage brand loyalty.
The most recent restrictive practice in frequent flier programs is to award miles based not on mileage flown but on dollars spent. That has predictable effects on the market, and as a recent article shows, it exacerbates a longstanding conflict of interest between business travelers and the companies that pay them to travel. Read More →
Federal regulatory policies, whether made by Congress or Executive branch agencies, benefit from the contributions of physical, biological and social scientists. But these contributions are not without controversy because science can inform, but not resolve, policy questions. Policymakers politicize science when they interfere with science, such as by telling scientists what “answers” they are supposed to obtain. Scientists are susceptible to the opposite temptation; they scientize policy when they interfere with policymaking, such as by telling policymakers what policies “science” supports.
In the news this week are examples of two signal efforts to scientize policy.
The New York Times reports that the Obama administration intends to amend regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act “to force American businesses to pay more overtime to millions of workers.”