Magazine October 16, 2017, Issue

Bernie’s Bad Medicine

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The folly of Medicare-for-all

On September 13, Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) unveiled “Medicare for all” — an entitlement to comprehensive medical care for every resident of the United States, free at the point of use, to be administered and funded entirely by the federal government. The senator admits that his proposal to expand benefits, eliminate cost-sharing, and cover medical expenses currently paid for by private insurance would require an enormous increase in federal taxes. But realistic budget constraints mean that it is also likely to reduce access to essential care. As leading Democrats seek a return to power, they risk being stuck with

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Books, Arts & Manners




Give Me Your Poesy I very much enjoyed Kevin D. Williamson’s essay on Emma Lazarus (“Wretched Refuse, Indeed,” August 28) and the way in which her famous poem, which had several ...
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