Cohn’s piece on France’s health care system reads like a sort of outtake to his new book on health care, Sick. I read it recently, and I think it may be the first book on health-care policy that might accurately be described as “a good read.” It’s filled with well-reported individual stories about various medical crises and some nicely summarized background detail on how our current health system evolved. But, as AEI’s Sally Satel noted in her NYT review this weekend, although it does a solid job of giving journalistic color to a number of unfortunate cases, it provides precious little in the way of solutions—only a brief, not terribly compelling sketch in the final chapter. The strength of the book—its reliance on storytelling—is also its weakness, at least as an argument for universal health care. By focusing so much on a scattered handful of people and individual stories, Cohn leaves little room for the intricacies of policy (which, of course, is probably a large part of the reason why one might be able to describe it as “a good read”).
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing has revived the myth of Merrick Garland’s mistreatment. In a New York Times piece, Adam Liptak and Sheryl Stolberg write that Senate Republicans’ decision not to confirm Garland in 2016 — after the death of conservative mainstay Antonin Scalia -- to a lifetime appointment on ... Read More
Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes? Chico Marx in Duck Soup (1933) The long-rising blue tide that has colored American politics and values may have crested, but it could still have enough momentum to make it through the election year. Even if Trump is somehow reelected, the wielders of power and ... Read More
The official Black Lives Matter website no longer includes language encouraging the “disruption” of the “Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.” The language had been featured on the site's "What We Believe" page, in which the group had laid out its support for various extreme policies and ideals ... Read More
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived an extraordinary American life and leaves it with glowing admiration from even those who disagreed with her. That’s all any of us can hope for. It is an unseemly but by now commonplace sign of our times that, even though she passed away just as Rosh Hashanah had begun, the ... Read More
For those keeping track, here’s a list of Democratic Party “norms” for placing new justices on the Supreme Court of the United States, as they stand today: Norm #1: When Democrats are in charge of both the Senate and the White House, they are free to nominate and confirm any justice they please, as ... Read More