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What ails health care

DAVID GRATZER

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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