Health Insurance Isn’t Supposed to Work Like This

How My State’s Health Exchange Website Problems Have Affected Me

I have never gone a day in my life without health insurance, but it is looking increasingly likely that I will miss the December 23 open enrollment deadline and be uninsured as of January 1.

Turning Down an Opportunity for Free Genetic Testing

Tyler Cowen had the opportunity to try out 23andMe, the genetic testing company that uses a swab of your saliva to tell you things like inherited traits, genealogy and possible congenital risk factors. It’s backed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and advertisements have been everywhere (you may have heard about it on a radio program, or on an internet ad). Cowen’s main reasons for turning down the opportunity were “worry cost” (worrying about potential negative information he’d receive), and some privacy concerns (allowing a privately held company to store information about his genetic data).