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Public Policy Brief Highlights No. 110A | April 2010

Toward True Health Care Reform

More Care Less Insurance
The United States has the most expensive health care system in the world, yet its system produces inferior outcomes relative to those in other countries. This brief examines the health care reform debate and argues that the basic structure of the health care system is unlikely to change, because “reform” measures actually promote the status quo. The authors believe that the fundamental problem facing the US health care system is the unhealthy lifestyle of many Americans. They prefer to see a reduced role for private insurers and an increased role for government funding, along with greater public discussion of environmental and lifestyle factors. A Medicare buy-in (“public option”) for people under 65 would provide more cost control (by competing with private insurance), help to solve the problem of treatment denial based on preexisting conditions, expand the risk pool of patients, and enhance the global competitiveness of US corporations—thus bringing the US health care system closer to the “ideal” low-cost, universal (single-payer) insurance plan.

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Public Policy Brief No. 136
Can Child-care Subsidies Reduce Poverty?
Assessing the Korean Experience Using the Levy Institute Measure of Time and Income Poverty
Author(s): Ajit Zacharias, Thomas Masterson, Kijong Kim
August 2014

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