Sunday, March 31, 2013

This American Life on Disability Insurance

It's rare that I find myself more liberal than NPR but I don't feel the outrage they seem to at the current disability payment system. Yes it is a huge amount of money and yes it is unfair and yes it disincentives work. But that's something you learn in Econ 101 so I guess I'm used to the idea. Plus I don't see an obviously better way. At least not one that is politically feasible (I suppose a large lump sum transfer coupled with a flat marginal tax is a good idea but would require a huge revamp of the tax system and is prettier in theory than practice )

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