Great Society II

National Review Vol. LXI, No. 4 | Published on

By James C. Capretta

Pres. Barack Obama, we are told, takes great pride in his facility with the written and spoken word, and perhaps justifiably so. He has, after all, authored two bestselling books (on himself), and is routinely praised by the media for being an exceptional orator.

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Placing Health-Care Options in the Hands of Private Companies

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By James C. Capretta

Until recently, Wal-Mart was the corporate giant universal health-care advocates loved to hate. As a recent story in the Washington Post recounted, for years the company kept its costs down by limiting the number of workers who would qualify to sign up with the employee health plan and by passing on much of the premium to those who did.

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Where Is the Responsibility?

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By James C. Capretta

While some aspects of the recently passed “stimulus” legislation may, in fact, be temporary — such as funding for state “fiscal stabilization” and expanded unemployment-insurance benefits — much of it will find its way into the permanent base of federal activity.There are large increases in funding for Head Start ($2.1 billion), K-12 education ($26 billion), Pell Grants ($15.6 billion), the National Institutes of Health ($10 billion), and job-training programs at the Department of Labor ($4.3 billion), among other things. The bill also initiates several new programs, including a health-insurance subsidy arrangement for workers who are between jobs ($25 billion), a “prevention and wellness” fund at the Department of Health and Human Services ($1 billion), and funds for doctors and hospitals to buy health-information-technology software and equipment ($23 billion).

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Medicare in the USA

European Papers on the New Welfare, No. 11 | Published on

By James C. Capretta

1. Introduction

The election of former Illinois Senator Barack Obama as the next president of the United States has pushed health-care back to the top of the national agenda, although the exact timing of a legislative initiative remains unclear.

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Removing Impediments to Long Careers

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By James C. Capretta and Gary Andres

It is apparent from the last two election cycles that conservatives need to refresh their political appeal and develop innovative policy proposals aimed at solving real-world problems. We know the proportion of Americans 65 and older will expand dramatically – from about 12 percent in 2000 to almost 20 percent by 2030. One way to address this issue and promote retirement security is for policymakers to eliminate counterproductive provisions in Social Security and Medicare that discourage seniors from staying in the active workforce beyond age 65. Here’s some background.

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