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Dylan Matthews is officially a star.

By Ezra Klein  |  July 26, 2010; 10:57 AM ET
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You recently published information on out of pocket spending on medical care in the last year of life based on income bracket. Is that information also available for NON-out of pocket spending? In other words, do the rich get more spent on them by insurance and Medicare in the last year of life?

Posted by: guesswhosue | July 26, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

congratulations, dylan!
you do wonderful work,
and contribute so much to this site.
best wishes for a starry future:-)

Posted by: jkaren | July 26, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I am interested in knowing the major shareholders/officers/directors for news organizations (broadcast, cable, print, etc) - particularly in terms of those with strong biases (e.g., used to work for a particular political party or administration) or foreign ownership (e.g, Saudi Arabia, China, etc).

Posted by: blamb1010 | July 26, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Following up from the desk's response on Friday: If turnout among different income levels was homogeneous, would it be expected for Democrats to really dominate nationally?

I understand that this is a tricky point, but you could make some rough guesses, perhaps, from exit polling data.

Posted by: cstar | July 26, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

"Dylan Matthews is officially a star."

Ezra Klein: King-maker.

Hey, there are worse jobs.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | July 26, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The great rise in recent years of the filibuster has been well documented. Has this affected the amount of legislation moving through the Senate?

Posted by: maxf1 | July 26, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Can you possibly crunch the numbers on the impact to American life if the USA just annexed Mexico?

Posted by: kfs_enterprises | July 26, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

How about considering the usefulness, or not, of the data sets at

Posted by: bharshaw | July 26, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Overall Debt/GDP....Public Debt/GDP and why there is a difference of opinion on which really matters.

Posted by: Mazzi455 | July 26, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Here's an interesting question raised by Mike Tomasky:

"I wonder if some political scientist has actually studied the question of whether piecemeal legislation on some policy matter more often led to nothing else being done about the matter, or more stringent legislation being passed later on. I'd have to think the latter. Once you set up a bureaucratic apparatus to deal with an issue, it would seem to me that it's likely to grow, because there will always be new problems that will arise."

We know from the health care debate that Ezra agrees, but is it really true?

Tomasky's context was, how bad do things have to get before the Senate gets serious on energy/climate change?

Posted by: Mimikatz | July 26, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

What would be the fiscal impact on the US Government if:

The entire US health insurance system was replaced with a Swiss-like system of individual private insurance. Those who make less than $65,000(scales according to earning, earn less pay less, earn more pay more) would receive discounted premiums paid out of new revenue from eliminating the exemption on healthcare benefits for private businesses.

And Medicare was replaced with the aforementioned system. All new Medicare recipients would buy or continue their private insurance. Those who make less than $65,000 in retirement benefits would be eligible for a discounted premiums like all other non-retirees. Insurance providers cannot discriminate based on age, so a 75 year old will pay the same premium as a 31 year old(given they have the same income).

Medicaid would be eliminated and all recipients would get big discounts on their premiums since they make well under $65,000.

Posted by: photek00 | July 26, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Any idea what the economic impact of an employee-only payroll tax holiday would be? Since its a Republican idea, it might actually stand a chance of passing, assuming they didn't actually call it "stimulus".

Posted by: FormerSwingVoter | July 26, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Dylan should do some work on what is involved in the UK health care system reforms on which we are getting some sporatic media reports.

I have not read anything sufficiently wonky to explain what those reforms are about.

Posted by: lancediverson | July 26, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

What is the distribution of Social Security payments--i.e., __% <$500/mo, __% $500-1000/mo, ___% $1000-$2000/mo, etc.?

Thanks Dylan

Posted by: ncaofnw | July 26, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse


Go ahead with your bad self. Guess we'll just have to raise our expectations of you.

Posted by: BHeffernan1 | July 26, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Can donations be made to CREEP yet? (I assume not, therefore...) How soon after the Midterms is your prediction for when CREEP will be formed (i.e., papers filed with the FEC)?

Posted by: scalderwood | July 26, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Hi, with all the Shirley Sherrod perisstence of racr fallout, I was reminded of a question I've often had: What percentage of black Americans live in predominantly black neighborhoods. You can extend that to Asians, Hispanics, etc. To what extent are minority population clustered around specific geogrpahical locations? For that matter, what pecentage of caucasians live in non-caucasion majority neighborhoods.

Posted by: bitown1 | July 27, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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