Magazine April 19, 2010, Issue

Ryan’s Way

Rep. Paul Ryan (Darren Gygi)
A Wisconsin congressman offers a worthy alternative to Obamacare and our present fiscal bender

Almost immediately after President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the conversation about health-care reform changed. Advocates of the proposal suddenly hit cautionary notes, insisting that difficult choices had to be made. Uwe Reinhardt, a celebrated health economist based at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, sounded the alarm about the law’s weak individual mandate, warning that it might not prevent an “insurance death spiral” in which the young and healthy drop out of the system until they fall ill, which in turn drives up premiums for everyone who’s still in the system, which in turn encourages even

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Books, Arts & Manners




Finding Hassett’s premise unsatisfactory regarding racial differences in layoff rates.
The Week

The Week

During the eight years of George W. Bush, we heard constantly that dissent is the highest form of patriotism.


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A Revolt in Cuba

A Revolt in Cuba

Last month, thousands of Cubans poured into the streets, daring to protest the government that has ruled them for 60-plus years.