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OCT 23, 2014

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Potential ACA Changes Would
Increase Premiums, Uninsured

To stabilize premiums and encourage healthy people of all ages to enroll, the Affordable Care Act uses both “carrots” and a “stick.” What happens if these go away?

According to a new RAND study, ending subsidies for lower-income Americans would boost premiums by up to 43 percent and cause more than 11 million to lose their coverage. Ending the individual mandate would result in 8.2 million losing coverage, with premiums rising slightly. Read more »

A protestor demonstrates in favor of a travel ban to stop the spread of Ebola, October 16, 2014

A protestor demonstrates in favor of a travel ban to stop the spread of Ebola, October 16, 2014. Photo by Jim Bourg/Reuters

Would an Ebola Travel Ban Help?

A U.S. travel ban aiming to contain Ebola could have unintended consequences, says Melinda Moore. For example, it might cause infected people to avoid detection. Going all-out in Africa and improving U.S. hospital preparedness may be more viable. “Problems are sometimes global,” says Moore, “but so are solutions.” Read more »

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The Upside of Lower Oil Prices

From ISIS, to Iran nuclear development, to Russian aggression in Ukraine—many of the world's most serious threats are enabled by revenues from high oil prices. If prices sank substantially, writes Charles Wolf, Jr., liquidity would probably shrink, as would the threats. Read more »

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Identifying Proper Tech for Young Kids

Devices, software, and connectivity (i.e., infrastructure) should support technology's potential to boost learning and build digital literacy for young kids. But in a world where new apps and devices emerge all the time, “adequate infrastructure” is a moving target. Read more »

Smoke rises after a U.S.-led airstrike in Kobani, Syria, October 10, 2014

Smoke rises after a U.S.-led airstrike in Kobani, Syria, October 10, 2014. Photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters

The Air Campaign Against ISIS Is Just Getting Off the Ground

In early August, the U.S. began bombing ISIS targets in Iraq, expanding to Syria just over a month later. But most coalition participants joined the effort only recently. Complex, multinational campaigns take time to work, writes Brian Michael Jenkins. This one deserves more. Read more »

Kurds fleeing Syria to seek protection from the Turkish government

Kurds fleeing Syria to seek protection from the Turkish government. Photo by European Commission DG ECHO/flickr.com

Four Alternative Futures for Syria

Syria's civil war has morphed into a complex battle involving numerous groups, including ISIS. A new RAND study assesses four possible scenarios, determining that regime “victory” (far from a decisive one) is the most likely. But the survival of Assad's regime doesn't guarantee ISIS's defeat. Read more »

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