Magazine October 16, 2017, Issue

The Price Is Right

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American health care costs about what it should

A tremendous amount of misinformation permeates the debate over U.S. health care. Much of this misinformation has become received wisdom, steered the debates over health-care reform, and convinced many intelligent and otherwise reasonable people that we can save trillions of dollars and millions of lives annually if only we duplicate the health policies of other developed countries. Working from such misguided premises has the potential to be very costly. Here are some counterpoints to dispel a few particularly pernicious myths.

Conventional wisdom attributes America’s high spending on health to some idiosyncratic features of the U.S. health-care system. However, while it is

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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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