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Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
September 22, 2014
Medical Malpractice

“Drive-By Doctoring” Saddles Patients with Unexpected Costs

Hospital and doctors are responding to cuts in reimbursement rates by loading patients down with surprise out-of-network charges, often unnecessarily. Price transparency is a first step towards empowering the consumer to fight back.

China's Climate Conundrums

The Chinese Elephant in the Climate Treaty Room

China now emits more carbon pollution per capita than the EU—a first in climate history. Though unrelated domestic developments may reduce some of the country’s emissions, a global climate treaty remains as quixotic as ever.

Weighing the ACA

The Irrelevance of the Affordable Care Act

A year after its launch, the ACA’s success in expanding coverage is mixed—and its effectiveness in controlling costs and increasing transparency even more so. New services and innovations unrelated to the law, however, offer some hope of a better way forward.

Revisionism 101

China and Iran Telegraph Disdain

A Chinese guided-missile destroyer stopped off at an Iranian port for a “friendly visit.” This is what revisionist powers testing the limits of acceptable behavior look like.

Protests With Meaning

In Moscow, a Show of Real Courage and Clarity

In stark contrast to this weekend’s Green festivities, an important demonstration took place in Moscow on Sunday, bringing 20,000 to the streets to protest Vladimir Putin’s policies in Ukraine.

September 21, 2014
Settled Science

The Most Futile March Ever

A loud Green march in New York City today drowned out an important essay on the unsettled nature of climate science in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal by a former Obama Administration official. We wish the activists had kept their carbon footprint lower by staying at home and grappling with the essay’s contents rather than traipsing to New York City for political theater.

The Weekend Read

Is America Coming Apart?

When the President speaks of American exceptionalism, conservatives disbelieve him, insisting that he does not really love America. Liberals, on the other hand, cringe, embarrassed to hear an American President puff up his chest with American hubris, suggesting that America is specially and God-chosen to lead the free world. But there is another reaction, that simply argues that whether American exceptionalism was once a force for good or for evil, it is disappearing.

Activism and Politics

New Zealand Re-Elects Incumbent, Snowden Sighs

John Key’s National Party won a landslide re-election in New Zealand, largely based on the solid economic performance his party has been able to deliver. The Greenwald/Snowden set, who hoped to gain a meaningful toe-hold in the elections, were soundly rebuked.

Desiring Devolution

The UK Survived, but Will the US?

Support for secession is much higher in America than you’d think, with a new poll finding that one-fourth of respondents wouldn’t mind seeing their states go solo. This may reflect frustration with the blue model system’s failure to deal with new political, economic, and cultural realities.

Too Many Carrots/No Sticks

Iran is Not The Answer

As Washington eagerly awaits help from Iran on ISIS as a sign of good will—help that certainly won’t come cheap—it’s hard to avoid the feeling that a historic opportunity for a lasting agreement with Iran has been lost due to Obama’s unwillingness to take a stronger position in the region.

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