What I’m Reading: September 17th, 2016

  • In light of the release of medical records becoming an issue in recent an issues in the Presidential campaign, it’s worth considering what is specifically meant with the term “medical records.” Unbeknownst to most Americans, there is no central repository or aggregating functions of these records: they are widely fragmented among provider health care systems and insurance companies. The NYTimes exaimines this reality.
  • A recent economic data release is huge news but is slipping under the radar. Median income in the United States grew by 5.2 percent in 2015, hitting $56,500. This makes 2015 the year of largest income growth in recorded US history. Moreover, poverty fell from 14.8 to 13.5, the biggest drop in 50 years. This is a shocking development that’s getting far too little coverage. The US economy is booming and those gains are being shared by the middle class, even in rural areas. See the charts below (Sources & Interactive Features: F.R.E.D., WSJ, WSJ, NYTimes, NYTimes) :

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