Jonathan Cohn
Senior Editor

Universal Health Scare
April 16, 2007

This is the third part of a four-part debate. To read the previous installments, click on the links below. Part 1, Monday: David Gratzer Part 2, Tuesday: Jonathan Cohn   Wednesday, April 18 Dear Jonathan, First, let me thank you for the kind words. I also respect your desire to better American health care.

Comparative Advantage
April 09, 2007

Depending on where you get your political commentary, you may have heard that John Edwards is a bad husband or father for sticking with his presidential campaign even though his wife, Elizabeth, was recently diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. But did you know that he is also a hypocrite--or, at least, a fool? That's what conservative critics of his health insurance plan have been implying. "One hesitates to intrude upon a personal tragedy to make a political point," Michael Tanner, of the Cato Institute, wrote recently.

Nation First
March 19, 2007

You can't blame Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for moving California's primary earlier in the schedule. It's been a long time since the state with the most people had anything close to the most influence over the presidential nominating process. In fact, it's been a long time since California had any meaningful influence at all, except as a source of campaign contributions. Now the state holds its primary on February 5--probably along with Florida, Illinois, Michigan, and New York.

Great Danes
January 01, 2007

"If you want a lower standard of living," conservative policy experts Grace-Marie Turner and Robert Moffit wrote in an op-ed last week, "the Europeans have the right prescription." The topic of discussion was universal health care, but it just as easily might have been government-sponsored child care or generous unemployment benefits.

Pelosi's pet issue.; Private Lesson
November 20, 2006

`This vote was stolen from us by the Republicans," seethed HouseMinority Leader Nancy Pelosi following passage of President Bush'sMedicare drug benefit in November 2003. She was referring to theegregious effort by the GOP leadership to keep the vote open untilthey achieved a majority--three hours of browbeating, arm-twisting,and even alleged bribery that culminated in a razor-thin victory inthe wee small hours of the night.

The Golden Ticket
August 14, 2006

The fairy tale began to unravel in the most unlikely of locations: The electronics aisle at Target. It was late September, the day after the Anderson family, as they had come to be known, first made their journey from a shelter in Houma, Louisiana, to a home in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The family, all of them refugees from Hurricane Katrina, had relocated to the Midwest at the invitation of a Catholic church group based in Kalamazoo.

Shrug Coverage
January 30, 2006

It was not so long ago that President Bush was bragging about his Medicare reform law, which gives senior citizens the opportunity to buy private insurance that will help pay for their prescriptions: "The days of low-income seniors having to make painful sacrifices to pay for their prescription drugs are now coming to an end." But somebody forgot to tell the old folks in Maine about this legislative miracle. On January 3, two days after the Bush initiative went into effect, the state's assistance hotline logged 18,000 calls.

Neoliberal utopia awaits.
January 01, 2006

`If you want a lower standard of living," conservative policy experts Grace-Marie Turner and Robert Moffit wrote in an op-ed last week, "the Europeans have the right prescription." The topic of discussion was universal health care, but it just as easily might have been government-sponsored child care or generous unemployment benefits.

The danger of consumer-driven health care.
November 07, 2005

A few hundred dollars a year. Maybe more than a thousand. Rex Delph really couldn't be certain how much larger his medical bills would be if his employer, the school board of Knox County, Tennessee, decided to swap health insurance plans. All Delph knew was that even a modest increase could end up financially overwhelming him.The problem for Delph wasn't so much his own medical bills. The 45-year-old school electrician was in relatively good health, except for a hernia that doctors said he could live with as long as he watched his diet.

Crash Course
November 07, 2005

The danger of consumer-driven health care.

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