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Baylor University Economists Call for Different Tack on Health Care Insurance

See “Baylor University Economists Call for Different Tack on Health Care Insurance” for a description of the new book entitled “Health Care for Us All: Getting More for Our Investment”.  The following quote by one of the book’s authors speaks for itself: “Rather than redesigning the nation’s entire health care industry,” said co-author Dr. James Henderson, The Ben Williams Professor of Economics at Baylor, “we should do more for the smaller group of people who genuinely need help. A targeted intervention plan allows us to be more effective without collateral damage to the health care arrangements of the rest of us. Insurance reform and pro-competitive reforms that we identify will reduce costs for all of us while expanding coverage to the 47 million Americans who are uninsured.”

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Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading today (organized by topic):

Economics and Public Policy

Health Care Reform

  • In Government We Trust?, by Daniel Henninger
    WSJ: “The public’s reaction to government health care is proving that Ronald Reagan was right.”
  • Health Co-ops: Slow Road to Government Care, by Scott Harrington
    WSJ: “The potential benefits are nil; the potential costs are large.”
  • The President repeats an important math error, by Keith Hennessey
  • Health Care Is Your Business, Not Everyone’s, by Thomas Sowell
    IBD: “When famed bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he said: “Because that’s where the money is.” For the same reason, it is as predictable as the sunrise that medical care for the elderly will be cut back under a government-controlled medical system. Because that’s where the money is.”
  • Whole-Grain Health Reform, by Kathleen Parker
    WP: “Whole Foods’ co-founder and CEO has a tough message for President Obama.”