by | Jan 14, 2020

The best thing about Bernie — need I explain, in the year of grace 2020, which Bernie ? — is how a frosty-haired old coot old enough to have been a high-school classmate of mine fires up kids who never…

by | Dec 21, 2019

Elizabeth Warren outpointed Pete Buttigieg on the matter of “wine caves” in Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate. But on the domestic question of the times, health care, Warren tacitly submitted to Mayor Pete. Warren promised on Thursday that “in the first…

by | Dec 10, 2019

With less than one year until the 2020 election, candidates from both parties agree the U.S. health-care system is deeply flawed, and both are offering policies to fix the broken system. But their prescriptions for healing the health-care industry are…

by | Dec 4, 2019

“He stole it,” Joe Biden says of Pete Buttigieg’s “Medicare for All Who Want It” plan. The accusation came as part of Biden’s eight-day “No Malarkey” bus tour of Iowa, a state with an ever-shifting poll leader that currently sees…

by | Nov 13, 2019

Some people miss their own irony. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to pay for a one-size-fits-all national health insurance includes the promise of “strengthening FTC [Federal Trade Commission] oversight over health care organizations, including non-profit hospitals, to crack down on anti-competitive behavior.”…

by | Nov 7, 2019

The more I follow the Democratic presidential campaign, the more I see how little I understand some people. After all, we can have differences when it comes to ideology, and we can aspire to different things in life. We can…

by | Nov 4, 2019

Economist Jonathan Gruber famously attributed the passage of Obamacare to “the stupidity of the American voter.” The MIT professor’s assessment of the electorate’s collective intelligence is clearly shared by Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren if she expects us to take…

by | Sep 20, 2019

It’s still early in the 2020 campaign cycle, so political predictions are risky. Nonetheless, it appears that the race for the Democratic presidential nomination has already become a two-person contest. Elizabeth Warren has replaced Bernie Sanders as the most formidable…

by | Sep 19, 2019

Health care ranked as most important issue, save for “the ability to beat Donald Trump,” for Democratic voters in a FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos poll taken before and after last week’s presidential debate. The debate revealed fissures among the party’s presidential aspirants on…

by | Aug 7, 2019

Baby boomers beware. If you’re in your 50s or 60s and you’re counting on Medicare to pay your future hospital bills, you’re in for a shock. Medicare Part A — the fund that pays hospitals and nursing homes — is…

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