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Nobody Knows What to Do about Health Care

There’s something profoundly conservative about tinkering around the edges rather than embarking on a grand reform agenda.

We’re Too Afraid to Die

The limitless American pragmatism, with its faith in the possibility of technical solutions for every problem, is a powerful spur to heroic medicine when combined with fear of death.

The Most Wasteful Health Spending Is Also the Most Popular

America’s two major health-care entitlements, Medicare and employer-sponsored health insurance, are gobbling up ever-bigger amounts of cash for less and less value.

Half of All Health Spending Is Wasted

We know the American health-care system is wasteful. But we don’t dare to look at how much money we’re throwing away — and we especially don’t dare to do anything about it.

The Health-Care Executive Order

With its latest executive order, the Trump administration is acting to provide much-needed relief to some of the people most hurt by the structure of Obamacare, and it is also acting to destabilize the law and create new problems for some of the people most helped by Obamacare.

The Poor Will Be Worse Off

The uncomfortable truth is that under any conceivable system, the poor will always have worse health outcomes than the rich.

There Is No Such Thing as ‘Health Care’

The term “health care” covers so many different realities that trying to embrace them all at once — whether through acts of Congress or just discussion — is doomed at the start.

Party Lines Crossed

The Republican Senate’s failure to repeal or replace Obamacare is more than simply a stunning condemnation of Republican voters and the administration. It is an exposure of the party’s intellectual incoherence.

Congress’s Familiar Pattern

The process of producing a health-care bill has hewed fairly closely to what has been almost the only proven model of passing significant legislation through Congress over the past half-decade or so.

Today’s GOP Isn’t Living up to Ronald Reagan’s Principles

Reagan’s core beliefs always prioritized helping people in need over saving money or abstract principles regarding liberty. Today’s Republicans, however, often seem to have exactly the opposite priorities.