Here are some links to useful health policy, economics and other readings in the press and on other places around the Net...

 MedPAC renews push to end SGR [http://www.modernphysician.com/article/20130111/MODERNPHYSICIAN/301119973 ]

Projected doc shortage is real [http://tinyurl.com/d9ux6xp ]

Downturn Still Squeezes Colleges and Universities [http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/business/colleges-expect-lower-enrollment.html]

Medicaid Expansion Opt-Outs and Uncompensated Care [http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2012/12/medicaid-expansion-opt-outs-and-uncompensated-care.html?cid=xsh_rwjf_tw ]

State HI Exchange Marketplaces [http://www.cciio.cms.gov/resources/factsheets/state-marketplaces.html ]

A Cancer Cycle, From Here to China [http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/12/opinion/a-cycle-of-contamination-and-cancer-that-wont-end.html ]

A surprising map of the best and worst countries to be born into today [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/01/07/a-surprising-map-of-the-best-and-worst-countries-to-be-born-into-today/ ]

The tarring of Chuck Hagel  [ http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/richard-cohen-the-tarring-of-chuck-hagel/2013/01/07/668da8c4-58f3-11e2-88d0-c4cf65c3ad15_story.html ]

Who loves and hates America: A revealing map of global opinion toward the U.S. [ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/01/11/who-loves-and-hates-america-a-revealing-map-of-global-opinion-toward-the-u-s/ ]