There's a phrase in the business "too good to check" and that's what happened to me this morning when I picked up a striking chart on age and health care spending in international context from Austin Frakt. The chart is based on an old Laurence Kotlikoff article about government spending that's really just making the banal point that the federal government doesn't spend much on health care for the non-elderly (because if Medicare) and I think there may be other problems with the data as well.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.