Obamacare’s surcharge for smokers may have backfired

By Carolyn Y. Johnson A provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows insurers to charge smokers higher premiums may have discouraged smokers from signing up for insurance, undercutting a major goal of the law, according to a study published this month. The surcharges, of up to 50 percent over nonsmokers' premiums, also showed no sign […]

The clearest proof yet that your job is killing you

For decades now, the modern worker has been urged to slow down, chill out, de-stress. Doctors link long shifts and on-the-job anxiety to high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and stroke. Many think the consequences can be fatal. In Japan, the government compensates families who lose loved ones to employment-related exhaustion or suicide. The Japanese call […]

By Jeff Guo | Labor | July 19

What President Obama really thinks about the police

By Max Ehrenfreund Not long after three police officers were shot dead Sunday in Baton Rouge, La., President Obama condemned the attack. "For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault," […]

Republicans hate Obamacare. But Mike Pence expanded it in Indiana.

By Max Ehrenfreund For Donald Trump, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is in many ways a safe choice as a running mate. Staid, conservative and respectable, Pence embodies GOP politics as usual -- in contrast to Trump, a profoundly unusual nominee. Several media organizations reported that Trump's choice was an effort to mollify the factions of the Republican Party that still have reservations about Trump's agenda. In one […]