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Monday, October 10, 2016

Canada made a rare appearance in a US presidential debate Sunday when accused of wanting to turn America's health system into a "catastrophic" single-payer one like Canada's.

"You've noticed," he said, "the Canadians, when they need a big operation, they come into the United States in many cases, because their system is so slow."

This idea is often floated by critics of universal health care on both sides of the border.

But the best-available research shows it's simply not true. Canadians are not fleeing en masse to the US seeking medical care.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Whatever arguments we've had about the polls this week will soon be swamped by the reaction to Monday's presidential debate. As a rough guide, I'd expect us to have some initial sense of how the debate has moved the numbers by Thursday or Friday based on quick-turnaround polls, and a clearer one by next Sunday or so, when an array of higher-quality polls will begin to report their post-debate results as well. But in the meantime, let's take one more step back and ask our usual collection of 10 questions about where the presidential race stands.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Coloradans shopping for health insurance will see double-digit rate hikes next year, a result of insurers leaving the market and cutting plans.

The state Division of Insurance announced Tuesday that the cost of individual plans is going up by an average of 20.4 percent. The rate hikes will affect about 450,000 people in Colorado who don't have insurance covered by an employer and also don't qualify for Medicaid or Medicare.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ford is shifting all North American small-car production from the U.S. to Mexico, CEO Mark Fields told investors today in Dearborn.

"Over the next two to three years, we will have migrated all of our small-car production to Mexico and out of the United States," Fields said.

The industry has known for decades that domestic manufacturers struggle to make a profit on small cars. Shifting their assembly to Mexico can reduce costs to a point. But some of these cars are over-engineered.

For example, Fields said the current Ford Focus can be ordered in 300 different configurations of options and colors. Ford wants to reduce that to 30, which will make the production process simpler and less expensive.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

6. Does one candidate appear to have an overall edge in the Electoral College, relative to his or her position in the popular vote?

Our models, somewhat in contrast to the conventional wisdom, have usually found that Trump is more likely to win the Electoral College while losing the popular vote than the other way around.


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