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Under Trump, U.S. is sicker

Let’s revisit Ronald Reagan’s “Are you better off now than four years ago?” question, zooming in on health. President Donald Trump, take a reverse-bow. You...

Incremental change to health insurance has always been the way

Ask a progressive for the taboo word in health policy: incremental. The phrase-du-jour is “Medicare for All.” We need it NOW. All the Democratic candidates...

Land of unintended consequences

Welcome to the land of irony, otherwise known as the land of unintended consequences, or maybe intended, in a plot worthy of the old...

Congress’ legacy can be universal health insurance

I miss you, Bernie Sanders, with your pie-in-the-sky promise of universal health care. So unpragmatic. Actually, I miss a slew of unpragmatic legislation, including the...

The art of the wellness scam

Forget the "art of the deal." Look to the "art of the scam." Here is an especially artful one, meriting praise from consummate deal-makers. Consider...

Illegal immigrants and health care: a costly dilemma

Illegal, unhealthy and expensive: many see illegal immigrants using emergency rooms, staying in hospitals, crowding into public clinics. Their persistent factoid holds that illegal...

Health care glitches: Some historical perspective

“Yikes,” went the public outcry throughout the fall. The computers were glitching! The Affordable Care Act was stalled! Progress was technologically too hard. We...

With push from Washington, hospitals require flu shots

A truly Big Brother would line everybody up, make them roll up their sleeves, and vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate against the flu. A simple, if...

A state promotes obesity in deference to individual liberty

A test for state legislators: More than one-third (35 percent) of your population is obese. It ranks No. 1 in pulchritude – the fattest of...

Some Big Brother regulations make a lot of sense

We have all done something stupid – or imprudent, to use a kinder adjective. Bicycling without a helmet, driving after too much wine, swimming...
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