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Ecologism: The Campus Cult of Victimhood

Academic Questions | Published on March 13, 2014

By Stanley Kurtz

…endered us soft. Collective psychic relief under such circumstances requires a trumped-up enemy as well as lurid and violent spectacles. In the absence of the Soviet opponent, the enemy is us, or rather, a disavowed and hated aspect of ourselves: an allegedly globe-destroying capitalism, of course. “Left alone on the field,” says Bruckner, “capitalism now weighs on the planet’s fate like a fatum: it is not credited with any good deed, but is held…

Medicare’s Private Option

National Review Online | Published on March 6, 2014

By James C. Capretta

…mpose ever more stringent regulations in the future. At the same time, in Medicare, which is already dominated by a government-run insurance option, the administration’s objective is to strangle and eventually eliminate those aspects of the program that are outside full government control. The consequences of an effort to squelch competition in Medicare would be significant. Although Medicare has only about 49 million enrollees (out of a populati…

A Senate GOP Health Reform Proposal: The Burr-Coburn-Hatch Plan

Health Affairs | Published on February 12, 2014

By James C. Capretta and Joseph Antos

…d for those with families.  The credits could be used to enroll in health insurance sponsored by a small employer or to purchase coverage offered in the individual insurance market. States would also be allowed to establish a default insurance option.  Persons who are eligible for a tax credit for insurance but fail to choose an insurance plan could be enrolled in a default plan offered by private insurers.  These plans would establish premiums e…

Theory of Evolution

Claremont Review of Books | Published on September 16, 2013

By Stanley Kurtz

…ject in social engineering. “Is there an end to bin Ladenism?” asks Gerecht in The Islamic Paradox. An end to bin Ladenism may require an end to History, a difficult engineering project indeed. Social peace is the default setting of modern liberal democracy, where crime and war are considered anomalous. In the stateless setting of Middle Eastern tribes, on the other hand, feud is the only sanction for crime, and peace is the anomaly….

Reforming Medicare Integrated Care: An Alternative to the Obama Administration’s Accountable Care Organizations

American Enterprise Institute Health Policy Outlook | Published on August 1, 2013

By James C. Capretta

The most celebrated “bend the curve” idea from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is the Medicare accountable care organization (ACO). ACOs are intended to be integrated health plans, with hospitals, physicians, and other health services providers working together in a coordinated patient delivery system. The Obama administration and the law’s strongest proponents repeatedly cited ACOs both during consideration of the law and…