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A Note from the Chairman Emeritus

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A Note from the Chairman Emeritus

by BILL FRENZEL

States have been called the laboratories of our democracy. They’re places where policy experiments are carried out. If the experiment is successful, the lessons are often applied nationwide.

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A More Perfect Constitution – A Q&A with Larry Sabato

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A More Perfect Constitution – A Q&A with Larry Sabato

America’s favorite political scientist talks about his new book, “A More Perfect Constitution.”

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So Far, So Good

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So Far, So Good

by GAIL WILENSKY

When the Medicare Modernization Act was signed into law in December 2003, there were many predictions of problems implementing the new drug benefit.

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Prescribing a Financial Fix for Post-Acute, Long Term Care

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Prescribing a Financial Fix for Post-Acute, Long Term Care

by DAVID HEBERT

As greater numbers of patients and residents enter our nation;s long term care system, it is imperative that our policymakers address America’s entitlement programs.

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Entitlement Reform: The 800 pound gorilla that’s being ignored in the 2008 campaign

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Entitlement Reform: The 800 pound gorilla that’s being ignored in the 2008 campaign

by DAVID C. JOHN

When asked what they would do about fixing entitlement spending, with just a few exceptions, the current presidential candidates quickly retreat into clichés.

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Leading the Way: Health Care Reform

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Leading the Way: Health Care Reform

by KIM BELSHÉ

California’s Health Secretary discusses Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to reform health care in their state.

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It’s Not Just in California

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It’s Not Just in California

by MOLLY VORIS

A look at some of the other health care reforms being pushed by Republican Governors around the country.

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Schwarzenegger’s Health Care Plan: A Bridge too Far, or a Bridge to Nowhere?

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Schwarzenegger’s  Health Care Plan: A Bridge too Far, or a Bridge to Nowhere?

by DIANA ERNST

The key question is not whether the Governor’s plan is good politics, but whether it is good policy.

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Health Care Reality Check

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Health Care Reality Check

by MICHAEL TANNER

The goal of any reform plan should be the same as the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm.

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From Barefoot Doctors to Red Envelopes

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From Barefoot Doctors to Red Envelopes

by MICHAEL TANNER

China’s health care system is weighed down by a legacy of government control.

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