Monday, March 26, 2012

What We’re Reading, 3/26/12

Every day, we poll the staff and round-up their favorite economic, financial and political reads. What we read over lunch this afternoon: Health reform, a house made of euros, and how much money interns really make.

"Health Reform at Two: Why American Health Care Will Never Be the Same," by Sarah Kliff (The Washington Post). This explainer on the Affordable Care Act came out over the weekend, but we’ll be referring to it often as the Supreme Court takes on the law this week. Also worth re-reading, as the arguments unfold: “How They Did It,” The New Republic’s inside look on the making of the controversial law.

"Not Worth the Paper It’s Built On," by Sarah Lyall (The New York Times). An unemployed Irishman built an apartment from thousands of bricks of decommissioned euros. Now he lives in his metaphor for the country’s financial woes.

"Do College Professors Work Hard Enough?" By David Levy (The Washington Post). At Montgomery College in Maryland, professors work 15-hour weeks for 30 weeks of the year — and make $88,000 on average. “Why are tuition increases the only certainty in our topsy-turvy world?” Asks web editor David Muhlbaum. Levy’s answer: Overpaid professors. “Sure to provoke a healthy backlash!” David adds.

"The True Cost of Lost Phones," by Mitch Lipka (Reuters). $7 million a day, $30 billion a year. Need we say more?

"The Intern’s Burden" (New York Magazine). New York’s long-running 100-person poll turns its attention to local interns — many of whom make absolutely no money, if this survey is any indication. 

What are you reading today?