The Obama administration and state health exchanges have been knocking themselves out to make sure people know they can't buy individual insurance after March 31. But most uninsured people don't know.
Where’s the beef?
As a nation, we might really need to know that. For the first time in more than a century, Americans are eating more chicken than beef. Why is poultry taking flight?
"People are more conscious about health, and so they will eat red meat a little less often and white meat more often," says Ariane Daguin, CEO of D'Artagnan, which sells organic, free-range chicken to high end restaurants and grocery stores all over the country. Her business is growing 15 percent per year, a lot of that is thanks to rising chicken demand.
But a lot of the reason for the rising popularity of chicken has to do with beef.
"The real trade-off that we’re seeing in consumption is escalation in poultry and decline in beef," says Don Close, cattle economist with Rabo AgriFinance. Beef prices have skyrocketed and are expected to jump by as much as 15 percent this year. (Here's a look at why that's happening)
"We saw pretty heavy substitution on the part of consumers, substituting ground beef for ground chicken and thereby driving up the prices of those products," says Ricky Volpe, economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Chicken prices are expected to rise by about 10 percent this year. Even still, chicken will remain far cheaper than beef and pork.
But even if beef prices come back down, Ariane Daguin doesn’t think Americans will go back to beef.
"It is not a trend," she says. "Trend means there is an end to it. There is no end to good food. People in America are more and more conscious that you are what you eat."
And right now, that’s chicken.
Look up from your phones, everybody.
The maker of the highly addictive puzzle game Candy Crush Saga goes public Wednesday. King Digital Entertainment racked up $1.8 billion in sales last year, largely using a "freemium" business model -- when you download a game for free, but spend on extras inside the game.
Analysts say King Digital's success comes from marrying good data analytics – understanding when casual gamers spend and why – with good game development.
Imagine pulling up to an intersection and seeing a giant, solar-powered, traffic-directing robot wearing 80's sunglasses. You might expect Marty McFly to speed by on a hoverboard, or the Iron Giant to take off into the sky as he blissfully declares himself, "Suuuperman."
If you're a resident of Kinshasa, the sprawling capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, these huge, man-like traffic signals might be part of your daily commute. So far, two of these robots have been installed, and in spite of their imposing apperance, the residents enjoy having them around. According to BBC reporter Maud Jullien, it's because the work of traffic directing is often done by policemen; a force not respected by the general public because of frequent harassment. One Kinshasa resident told Jullien that he actually prefers the robots to policemen simply because they do their job:
"The robot is better than policemen because it does its job according to the order. It doesn't bother us, ask for documents, or arrest us."
Commuting can make you sick.
A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines health in the U.S. county by county, looking at less obvious causes of illness, including joblessness and traffic.
“You might ask, what does that have to do with my health,” says Michelle Larkin, assistant vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “But think about it. When we’re in the car taking long commutes we’re probably in a heightened state of stress.”
And stress can lead to problems like heart disease. Turns out unemployment is unhealthy, too, because without a paycheck you can't buy good food, and may not be able to see the doctor when you’re sick.
It all adds up. The premature death rate in the least healthy counties is twice the rate of the healthy ones. Same thing for children living in poverty, and teen births.