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Device Makers Would Love Repeal of Their Tax. But Would Conservatives?
October 10, 2013

Republican leaders and, finally, many of their followers are coming to grips with the obvious: They can't use the government shutdown or threat of default to kill Obamacare.

The Medicare Rip-Off As Free Market Principle
December 20, 2010

The Wall Street Journal has a great investigative story about how one company enlisted some doctors to expand the use of wildly expensive spinal fusion surgery: Alexander Vaccaro, a spine surgeon at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, disclosed receiving between $415,000 and $2.03 million in royalties from six device makers in 2009, and between $165,000 and $666,000 in consulting fees from nine device makers. Dr. Vaccaro also disclosed owning stock in 28 companies, mostly medical-device makers.

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.