health insurance

Brilliant: The Problem with the Problem with Health Care Costs
April 22, 2013

Reforming health-care costs, it turns out, doesn't have much to do with reforming health-care spending. 

Not-So-Universal Health Care
Slipping through the cracks of Obamacare
February 05, 2013

Now that the White House is actually beginning to implement Obamacare, it's becoming clear that universal health care isn't necessarily what we thought it was.

Obamacare Sticker Shock: Not Very Shocking
January 29, 2013

Sure, some people's premiums will go up as a result of Obamacare. Many more people will see their bills drop.

Mass Appeal
November 12, 2009

Polls show that Americans are confused about what health care reform means. And, if you listen to members of Congress on television, you get the impression that some of them aren’t certain, either. But figuring out what health care reform entails isn’t hard. All you have to do is look at Massachusetts. Almost three years ago, the state introduced an ambitious initiative designed to make sure nearly all residents have health insurance. Under this scheme, the state requires employers to contribute toward the cost of covering workers, while requiring individuals to get insurance.

State of Denial
September 26, 2009

Mitch Berger, a Washington-based lawyer, has a rare, incurable and very expensive-to-treat cancer.  He is not fond of insurance companies. As Democrats scramble to assemble a health care reform package that a majority of the party can support, Republicans have agreed on what they claim is a quick and easy way to reduce health insurance costs. In delivering the Republican reply to the President’s recent joint-session speech, Charles Boustany of Louisiana offered the GOP plan, saying "Let's also talk about letting families and businesses buy insurance across state lines.

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.

Crash Course
November 07, 2005

The danger of consumer-driven health care.

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