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Kicking the Insurance Habit

Reform we need: A new law in Michigan will make it easier for residents to contract services directly with a doctor instead of going through a third-party insurance mechanism.

Medical Money Pits
Price Transparency’s Powerful New Ally

For the first time ever, Blue Cross Blue Shield has released price data on surgery costs. This is huge news.

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You Don't Need All the Health Care You Get

Hospitals and medical boards are pushing various medical specialities to dispense with unnecessary care when treating patients. So far, the results show that we can do just fine without some of the health care we get.

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Your Hospital Bill Is About to Get a Lot More Expensive

Doctors are fleeing private practices for the security of hospitals. The exodus will be a disaster for U.S. health care.

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Medical Purgatories Plaguing Our Health Care System

The US could save anywhere from 1 to 8.5 billion dollars a year by reducing the inefficiencies in hospital waiting rooms. This is an example of the kind of expensive defects in our health care system that aren’t even really on most people’s policy radars, but few reforms will be really achievable until we can a handle on the waste and inefficiencies currently making the system expensive and dysfunctional.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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