The Demographics of Social Security

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By James C. Capretta

The deep and punishing recession that began with the financial crisis of 2008 will almost certainly become, in tomorrow’s history books, a demarcation line separating what was and what is yet to come.

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Infant Industry: The Past and Future of the American System

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By John D. Mueller

A single coherent tradition links all economically and politically successful American economic policy from George Washington through Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. Tracing its origins and development helps us understand why the success of the American experiment at first critically depended — and depends now in a more literal sense-on promoting the nation’s ‘infant industry.’

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Wrong Big Picture, Dangerous Fine Print

National Review, Vol. LXI No. 14 | Published on

By James C. Capretta and Tevi Tory

There are only two problems with the emerging Democratic plan to reform health care in the United States: the big picture, and the fine print.

From a macro perspective, the bills now moving through House and Senate committees call for a combination of employer and individual mandates to force more, though not all, Americans to purchase federally set levels of insurance coverage. Some Americans — mainly those without full-time jobs — would be eligible for a new entitlement to discounted premiums. The federal government would try to tell doctors and hospitals what constitutes appropriate medical practice.

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100 Days Later

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By James C. Capretta

Now that we are 100 days into the new era of hope and change, NRO asked friends and contributors to evaluate the president’s performance. Joe Biden did promise that Barack Obama would be tested early in his presidency – how has he done so far?

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Medicare and the Reform of U.S. Health Care

Health and Ageing Newsletter, No. 20 | Published on

By James C. Capretta

The election of Barack Obama as the President of the United States has pushed major reform of the U.S. health care to the top of the policy agenda. Powerful Democratic Congressional leaders, from Speaker of the the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi to Massachusetts Senator, Ted Kennedy, have pledged to take up a sweeping health-care measure over the course of the coming summer months, with the hope of  having a bill on the preisdent’s desk by August 2009.

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