Reader Paul Tioxon sent the following sighting by e-mail. By way of background, it’s important to keep in mind that pretty much every place that professes simply to read research and translate into stuff journalists and the lay public can understand is generally called a “think tank” and they are Trojan horses for policy agendas. It is also worth noting that Leonard Davis founded Colonial Penn, a large insurance company.
$100M annually for 200 fellows for Wharton econ research into health care policy economics at the Leonard Davis Institute.
“Established in 1967, LDI is one of the country’s largest health services research centers with more than 200 Senior Fellows studying the organization, delivery, management and financing of health care.” They have their own “Journal of Health Economics”. They recently hired an Ad Age journalist to head up a group of writers who will translate econ mumbo jumbo for decision makers who need guidance and make health policy.
You can read the blog piece which links to Penn’s announcement which should give you a picture of the kind of policy that goes on there. Nice work if you can get it, huh?
Which leads me to a second and not entirely unrelated piece. In Israel, or more precisely, in Gaza, which is not Israel, yet, but ruled by the IDF, army administration, a newly accredited university has been granted status by a newly developed accrediting body. The follow link show how the same ideological take over works in Israel by the neo-cons/liberals who are disgusted at the leftest domination of Israeli state funded universities. They wanted their own, where they live in Gaza, in the newer settlements, but because Gaza is not Israel, and not ruled by the Knesset, the Knesset refused to fund or recognize that certain right wing conservative university. The story shows the lengths an ideological battle goes to in transforming the institutions of society in order to achieve legitimacy.
The above Penn institute, the LDI, which spends $100M annually, with 200 scholars, is now broadcasting their findings with the help of the former Ad Age “journalist” so that policy makers will have good, easily understandable, and peer reviewed academic quality econ research to help them make critical policy choices in an informed manner. Of course, the new director was a Bush Council Economic Advisers member. So, who is funding $100M for such sage advice? Taxpayers primarily, as far as the Penn notice lists its funding sources. Tax money from the government, good enough for health care policy, just not good enough for actual health care.