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  • Movement on Medicare For years, lawmakers, policy experts and journalists have fretted about the explosive growth of health-care spending. Would the United States ever find a way to “bend the curve” on economic charts that projected seemingly endless growth in health car

    August 6, 2014

  • Income cap might notbe so crazy Concern about rising wealth and income inequality has generated all kinds of solutions, often focused on improving the lot of the people at the bottom with measures such as minimum wages. But instead of putting a floor on what people get, why not put

    August 6, 2014

  • Obamacare fades as campaign issue Gallup finds that three of the largest drops in the rate of the uninsured just happened to take place in states with the hardest-fought Senate races:“Arkansas and Kentucky lead all other states in the sharpest reductions in their uninsured rate among

    August 6, 2014

  • Take a look at the fair Twenty years ago the state implemented reforms designed to make the Illinois State Fair break even.They failed. Big time.The fair has been as sure-fired a loser as a kid playing a carnival game.Well, maybe that’s not fair — every once and awhile, a y

    August 6, 2014

  • Economy still matters most As a news story, the economy has been overshadowed lately by war abroad, a border crisis at home, and the escalating fight between President Obama and congressional Republicans on a variety of fronts.But in the long run of presidential politics, the

    August 6, 2014

  • No defense for income inequality Our political discourse today is riven by the issue of inequality. Some commentators embrace inequality as an inevitable byproduct of free markets. Others say inequality is greatly overstated. Both claims are harmful and deceptive.Defenders of inequa

    August 5, 2014

  • Ways to get Washington working While we endure endless speculation about who will run for president in 2016, an important question is being left unaddressed: How will the ultimate winner be able to take any useful action?In answering, let’s make two stipulations. One, the national

    August 5, 2014

  • Why don't we? I received another of those thought provoking articles as a suggestion for a column, along with over 200 comments made by others on the article. Many of those commenting were listed with “MD” behind their name. The article, like so many others I rece

    August 5, 2014

  • Flunking a blood test It sounded like fun. It always does until someone gets hurt. For $100 apiece, Sue and I got our DNA tested. It’s simple: You sign up online, they send you a little kit, you spit into a fancy test tube and send it back. Six weeks later, voila -- you k

    August 2, 2014

  • To Obama, war isn't war Abraham Lincoln hated war as much as Barack Obama does. He saw so much more of it firsthand, lost friends in it and waged it on an immensely vaster scale than Obama has. And yet, almost exactly 150 years ago (Aug. 17, 1864, to be precise), he wrote t

    August 2, 2014

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