the New England Journal of Medicine

Marcia Angell, M.D., is one of the nation's most well-respected experts on health care issues. And with good reason. A board-certified pathologist who also trained in internal medicine, she's a former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Her writing credits include The Truth About Drug Companies and an award-winning article at TNR on the same subject.

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A number of CBO-watchers were asking that question when the agency started scoring health care bills a few months back. As Washington and Lee law professor Timothy Stoltzfus Jost put it in Politico: It is much easier to score costs than cost-savings. Legislation pending in both the House and Senate in fact includes state-of-the art proposals that many health policy experts do believe will result in real savings, as the CBO recognizes.

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President Obama will deliver a historic speech tonight. Standing before both houses of Congress and the American public, he’s expected to clearly outline his vision for government-run national health care and explain how and why such a plan is tenable in the United States. One way he could help make his case is by showing that a successful plan of that description is already in place: the one administered by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Actually, Obama has already pointed to the VA hospitals, albeit briefly.

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