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The Other Drug War

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 25, 2016

The FDA should not have the power to deny patients risky but potentially life-saving drugs.

Analysis and Commentary

Progress On Health Care

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, January 22, 2016

Progress on health care? Really? While Obama is President? The Obama who said you can keep your doctor and your insurance and oh, by the way, your insurance will cost less? That Obama?


Instead Of ObamaCare: Giving Health-Care Power To The People

by Lanhee J. Chen, James C. Caprettavia Wall Street Journal
Friday, January 22, 2016
The next president can replace the Affordable Care Act and focus on consumer choice. Here’s how.
Analysis and Commentary

The Economics Of The Cadillac Health Care Tax, Part II

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A little analysis goes a long way. Yesterday, I wrote: I'm sympathetic to what it's [the Cadillac tax is] trying to achieve, but I'm against it.

Analysis and Commentary

The Economics Of The Cadillac Health Care Tax, Part I

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A libertarian friend who sells health insurance asked me the following by email: What are your views on the healthcare "Cadillac" tax?

In the News

Obama's Cancer Proposal: What Is Desirable Is Not Always Feasible

quoting Thomas J. Sargentvia America Magazine
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Professor Thomas Sargent, Nobel Laureate in Economics and Professor at New York University, presented several points in his Graduation Address at the University of California, Berkeley (his undergraduate alma mater) in 2007.

Analysis and Commentary

Bittman Of The 'Times' Finds The Real World Harder Than He Expected

by Julie Kelly, Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

What happens when a liberal New York Times activist-food columnist decides to start his own business? Grab your organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, locally-sourced, free-trade popcorn, because this will be good.

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The Uneasy Legacy Of Henrietta Lacks

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 11, 2016

Demanding individual consent for the use of biospecimens will hamper life-saving medical research.

Analysis and Commentary

FDA And Patent System Discourage Research On Early Stage Cancer

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Last week I highlighted a comment by Econlog reader Jim Glass. Since then, I've looked closely at the study he cited. The study is titled "Do Firms Underinvest in Long-Term Research? Evidence from Cancer Clinical Trials."

Analysis and Commentary

Beware Influenza, The Silent Killer

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

It is likely that within the next few weeks, the number of infections with influenza virus will spike in much of the country. Flu cases typically peak in February and can last into May


Health Care Policy Working Group

The Working Group on Health Care Policy devises public policies that enable more Americans to get better value for their health care dollar and foster appropriate innovations that will extend and improve life.