Hey hey, friends, it’s Tuesday! It’s a perfect day for Apex Money. To kick things off, I’m going to sound like a broken record.
Another week, another J.D. complaint about our shitty health-care system here in the United States. This week, it’s a New York Times piece on how there’s no rhyme nor reason to medical pricing the way we do things now…
Hospitals and insurance companies don’t want you to see their prices. Here’s why. [The New York Times] — “This year, the federal government ordered hospitals to begin publishing a prized secret: a complete list of the prices they negotiate with private insurers…Data from the hospitals that have complied hints at why the powerful industries wanted this information to remain hidden. It shows hospitals are charging patients wildly different amounts for the same basic services.”
The five easiest money-saving phone calls. [The College Investor] — “Some tasks to save money take a lot of time and effort. And, as such, they can end up on your to-do list for a very long time. But there are other things you can do to save money that only take a short phone call. And when I say short, I mean usually 15 minutes or less.”
Top movies about family business and inherited wealth. [Family Capital Strategy] — “Stories of family businesses and inherited wealth have often proved to be fruitful ground for Hollywood story telling. Below we summarize some of the most well-known movies, documentary and TV shows with some degree of tie into the family enterprise world.”
“I lost 182 pounds. Now I know the truth about obesity.” [The Guardian] — “I don’t consider myself stupid or naive. I have always been the kind of person who questions things; I have a doctorate, and an interest in science. But still I believed in so much fat logic, probably because I was always surrounded by it…Tearing down the fallacies I had believed for my whole life was a long and sometimes painful process.”
And to close things out today, here’s a fun eight-minute video from Storied on YouTube: popular words invented by authors.
For instance, did you know that Dr. Seuss invented the word “nerd” in 1950? Milton created the word “pandemonium”. Sir Walter Scott came up with “freelance” in 1819. And, of course, every writer knows that Shakespeare was the first to coin hundreds of now common words.
And that’s it for Tuesday! I’ll be back tomorrow with more…