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…

by | Jul 31, 2019

During the first round of Democratic debates Tuesday, moderate candidates pushed back against a rising tide of radicalism. The star of the show was undoubtedly John Delaney, the former Maryland representative who came out swinging against Medicare for All. “We…

by | Jul 29, 2019

Like many World War II veterans, my father didn’t talk much about the war, but he occasionally retold one anecdote that clearly made a strong impression on him at the time. At the end of the war, when it became…

by | Jul 22, 2019

The Bernie Sanders campaign recently announced that it would be raising its salaries staffers’ effective pay to $15 an hour by shortening their workdays. This comes on the heels of reports that middling salaries and 60-hour weeks mean that Bernie…

by | Jul 19, 2019

How much would “Medicare for All” cost? Up to $40 trillion over ten years after implementation, estimates Bernie Sanders, its truest believer. That number has nearly doubled since he ran for president three years and has plenty of room to…

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