The week’s best Wonkblog posts

June 2, 2013

In no particular order.

Join Wall Street. Save the world. Some people join the Peace Corps to do good. But a few have concluded that joining hedge funds is a better way to save the world.

The shocking truth about Obamacare’s rate shockSome say Obamacare is cheap in California. Others say it's raising premiums by 146 percent. Who's right?

- Should the government have made more money off Tesla? The Energy Department isn't reaping a profit after lending money to Tesla in 2009 and watching the company's stock soar. But it wasn't really supposed to.

How Arrested Development explains the housing crisis (among other things)The first three seasons satirized war profiteering. This time around, the housing crisis is the target.

Why a la carte cable won’t save you as much as you think. This is not the market you think it is.

The most embarrassing graph in American drug policyFighting illicit drugs is all about raising the price people have to pay to get them. So why do they keep getting cheaper?

The cost curve is bending. Does Obamacare deserve the credit? There was a time when all anyone in Washington wanted to talk about was “bending the health-care cost curve.” Well, it's bending.

The Fed’s been keeping the economy afloat. That’s the problem. When an expansion is driven by monetary policy, like this one, its impacts tend to be strongest for those who are already well-off.

No one really believes in ‘equality of opportunity’Do conservative reformers really believe in "equality of opportunity"? Does anybody?

More and more Americans are feeling the effects of the sequesterAbout 37 percent of Americans now say they've felt the sequester's impact. We took a look at who's actually being affected so far.

Are Obamacare’s exchanges competitive? Here’s what the experts say. "There seems to be a bit more choice than what’s available in the market today. But we’re certainly not seeing a wild influx of plans into the market.”

Why hasn’t austerity been more of a drag on the U.S. economy? Home prices are way up. So is consumer confidence, and the stock market. So are happy days really here again?

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