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.

Download a PDF of the full article.



from the


A weekly newsletter with free essays from past issues of National Affairs and The Public Interest that shed light on the week's pressing issues.


to your National Affairs subscriber account.

Already a subscriber? Activate your account.


Unlimited access to intelligent essays on the nation’s affairs.

Subscribe to National Affairs.