Jonathan Cohn
Senior Editor

Creative Destruction
November 12, 2007

The best case against universal health care.

Health Care Special Issue: Creative Destruction
November 12, 2007

More than a decade ago, Michael Kinsley, the journalist and former editor of this magazine, developed Parkinson's disease--a degenerative condition that impairs motor and speech control, producing tremors, rigidity, and eventually severe disability. While the standard regimen of medications helped, he knew that his symptoms were bound to get steadily worse with time. He needed something better--something innovative--before the disease really progressed. In 2006, he got it at the famed Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. The treatment Mike received is called Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS for short.

The Mulligan
October 08, 2007

Everybody knows how much contempt conservatives show for Hillary Clinton whenever she talks about health care. But people tend to forget how much liberals have been deriding her, too. It was just a few months ago that Michael Moore attacked her in Sicko, alleging that campaign contributions from people in the health care business had made her a tool of that industry. Last week, when asked about Clinton and health care, John Edwards made a similar charge, pointedly noting that, "in order to have universal health care, you have to be willing to take on ...

The Next Movement
October 08, 2007

MoveOn.org was ready to pounce. At noontime on Wednesday, some two hours after President Bush vetoed a proposed expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), MoveOn e-mailed its members and supporters, urging them to protest. "In the coming days, Congress will try to override Bush's veto with a two-thirds majority," the e-mail explained.

The Mulligan
October 08, 2007

Everybody knows how much contempt conservatives show for Hillary Clinton whenever she talks about health care. But people tend to forget how much liberals have been deriding her, too. It was just a few months ago that Michael Moore attacked her in Sicko, alleging that campaign contributions from people in the health care business had made her a tool of that industry. Last week, when asked about Clinton and health care, John Edwards made a similar charge, pointedly noting that, "in order to have universal health care, you have to be willing to take on ...

The TNR Q%amp%A
October 01, 2007

A few days after Senator Hillary Clinton released her plan to achieve universal health coverage, I interviewed her by telephone for this article. Following is a transcript of that conversation: When did you sit down and seriously start to think about a new health care plan? I've been committed to universal health care for fifteen years.

Senator Hillary Clinton released her plan to achieve universal health coverage
October 01, 2007

A few days after Senator Hillary Clinton released her plan to achieve universal health coverage, I interviewed her by telephone for this article. Following is a transcript of that conversation: When did you sit down and seriously start to think about a new health care plan? I've been committed to universal health care for fifteen years.

HillaryCare 2.0
September 17, 2007

Will she flinch? For months now, that's been the big question about Senator Hillary Clinton and health care. Nobody questioned her command of the issue or her interest in the subject. She'd proven all of that in 1993 and 1994, when she headed up her husband's health care task force and then became chief spokesperson for his ill-fated plan. But precisely because she "has the scars" from that experience, as she likes to say, many people wondered whether she'd be up for trying all over again.

Medical Miracle
September 10, 2007

The gathering took place in late May, at a conference center some 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. To the casual observer, it would have seemed like a rather ordinary businessmen's meeting. Inside a windowless room with handsome wood paneling, about 300 people sat at round tables, sipping juice and finishing off eggs from the hot breakfast buffet. Up on the stage, a tall, gangly figure worked his way through a rudimentary PowerPoint presentation. He spoke crisply but in a relative monotone; with the lights dimmed, a few audience members nodded off.

Swimming Lessons
September 03, 2007

Of all the reasons President Bush and his conservative allies have given for opposing an expansion of government-financed health insurance for children, the one that sounds most persuasive is that a lot of these kids--or, more precisely, their families--don't need the help. The argument goes like this: It's fine to have the government help really poor children, who couldn't get health insurance without taxpayer assistance.

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