Micah Weinberg is president of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and previously served as senior policy advisor to the Bay Area Council, a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization. Before participating in a panel on whether or not Obamacare gives Sacramento more healthcare choices, he sat down in the Zócalo green room to talk about where you can save money on healthcare, how much to pay for good coffee, and what you can learn from your ideological opponents.
How much is too much to pay for a good cup of coffee?
Six dollars. [Laughs.]
What’s the last live event or performance you saw?
Phish at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
If you had to lose one of your senses, which would you choose?
My sense of smell, because that’s the least important sense to me.
Where does your average Californian waste the most money on healthcare?
I would say probably dietary supplements because they’re not actually healthcare.
What reality TV show would you be on?
Real World Sacramento. Is that a thing?
What teacher or professor changed your life, if any?
I had an awesome professor named Robert George at Princeton. An extraordinary conservative guy, and I was extra liberal at the time. He really opened up my mind, not to his ideas so much but to the give and take between people’s different ideologies. It could be done respectfully, and both parties could learn something from each other.
What food are you most likely to binge eat?
Is beer food?
What relaxes you?
Watching NBA basketball.
Are you a Kings fan?
Yes, but watching the Kings does not relax me.
What was the last thing that made you laugh?
Mike Tyson Mysteries on Comedy Central. It’s totally ridiculous.