The Public Interest

What ails health care

David Gratzer

Spring 2005

NOW are we ready to talk about health care?" asked Senator Hillary Clinton in the title of her New York Times op-ed last year. In fact, have we ever stopped talking about it? Medicare reform, prescription drug costs, the uninsured--these issues are much discussed. No wonder. A decade after Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell declared HillaryCare dead, polls suggest that Americans are more worried than ever about their health insurance. In a Market Strategies poll, 86 percent of people expressed deep concerns about rising costs and six out of ten regarded the likelihood of bankruptcy due to major illness as a serious problem.

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