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Price above rubies?

I promise that I will get back to the PPACA. Probably tonight, because I wanted to be done by June, and at this rate, that will be June of 2015. First, though, I wanted to address briefly the issue of the worth of women.

Now, this is a relevant issue right now in a lot of arenas. Without getting too political, there are those right now saying that women’s health care shouldn’t be paid for in the same way as a man’s would be. Additionally, there are only 11 states that ban the practice of charging women higher insurance rates than men (known as gender rating – which the PPACA would ban nationally – we’ll get to that in a later section). This pricing discrimination makes sense from a purely financial standpoint – in part because women physically have babies while men don’t. Women also tend to go to the doctor more when they are younger. And because our model of health care is based on insurance, this means that women are more expensive in their younger years, when they are getting insurance through private companies and not through government funded Medicare.

So what does this have to do with me? Well, I just graduated with my Master’s in Public Health. My graduation ceremony is in June. My older son lives out of state with his dad during the school year, so I would need to fly him up special to go. And I was having difficulties booking the flight. Because I didn’t feel as though this accomplishment was worth the money for the airfare. Even though the cost was a fraction of the total cost of the degree, and even though I would like nothing more than to have both of my sons there when I walk.

How can I expect other people to value me and other women equally when I don’t myself?

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Come on a journey with me….

My days are currently spent being quite domestic. While my Pumpkin is away at school with his dad, Professor X and I are holding down the home fort. As of today, he is about 6.5 weeks old. Current activities include sleeping, watching the ceiling, spitting up on Mom, and learning to smile to make it all better. Since sleeping is one of his pasttimes, I again have the mental energy to tackle reading some of the driest text ever put to paper.

Over the next unspecified time (not willing to commit to a month, year, etc. You’ll get it when I have it) I will delve into those texts of economics that everyone always says “Oh, I’ve been meaning to read that” while in actuality they are watching the latest episode of American Idol. However, since division of labor is one of the hallmarks of an advanced economy, and I’m trying to limit TV for Professor X, I will throw myself on them. If you have any suggestions of topics or readings you want to see, feel free to leave them in comments.

We’ll start with “Essays on the Great Depression” by Ben Bernanke. A timely and important book, I hope. I’ll summarize and then do my best to apply to the current situation, as best as I can.   Hopefully it will be enjoyable to all.

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