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This week, we've got climate change, agriculture, and a Vanity Fair article that's good enough to shoulder into the space I usually reserve for research reports. And it doesn't even have graphs.

1) Confused by auctions and offsets and "upstream" regulation? Then check out the Sightline Foundation's Cap-and-Trade 101.

2) Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty guide you through the evolution of top incomes.

3) Not a think tank release, but Michael Lewis's investigation into what really happened at AIG, and thus in our financial system, is really worth a read.

4) The Congressional Research Service analyzes the role of the U.S. agricultural sector in climate change.

5) It's not getting much attention amidst the more colorful controversies of health-care reform, but the expansion of Medicaid will arguably be the single most important policy change for the uninsured.

By Ezra Klein  |  July 13, 2009; 10:27 AM ET
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Glad to see the Medicaid expansion is getting more press.

It'd be interesting to see some numbers on those "eligible but not enrolled" using current Medicaid eligiblity criteria. Presumably, once an individual mandate kicked in, all those people would enroll.

Getting the newly eligible enrolled, and the crop of 'eligible but not enrolled' could really be transformative in terms of decreased ER utilization and chronic care management. It's optimistic, sure, but in theory you'd be connecting millions of people to primary care who previously probably only used the ER to get services.

Posted by: ThomasEN | July 13, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

hi ezra, just a quick correction: the cap & trade 101 primer is by sightline institute, not foundation.

::minor quibble/off::

Posted by: trishka_cvo | July 13, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

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