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The Role of Medicare Fee-for-Service in Inefficient Health Care Delivery

American Enterprise Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | Published on April 16, 2013

By James C. Capretta

…percent because of rising use and more intensive treatment per condition.4 And, of course, because physicians are essentially the gatekeepers of the delivery system, as use of their services rises, so does use of every other aspect of medical care, including days in hospitals, outpatient center procedures, lab tests, and prescription drug consumption. MEDICARE’S SIZE AND INFLUENCE Medicare’s influence on the overall structure of the service-deli…

Dr. Luis Lugo at the March 2013 Faith Angle Forum

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By Michael Cromartie

…zation hypothesis in this type of data, that we all end up like Vermont, and then Vermont ends up like Sweden – (Laughter.) – and that’s where America is headed. And that seems heightened by the generational aspect of what you’re talking about. DR. LUGO: Yes. MR. GERSON: So how does that relate to the broader question, the tie between just modernity and the decline of institutional religion? DR. LUGO: Yes, in fact, I’…

Political Moderation and the Conservative Disposition

Commentary Magazine | Published on April 1, 2013

By Peter Wehner

…She continues: He did not avoid disagreement; there was nothing wimpish about him. But he confronted it with such good nature and good humor that he always won the argument (he would never, of course, have called it that) by default, so to speak. It is not often that the person and the philosopher are so totally congruent. The “conservative disposition” – the disposition to enjoy what is rather than pining for what might be, to appreciate the gi…

Saving Seniors and Our Most Vulnerable Citizens from an Entitlement Crisis

Energy and Commerce Committee | Published on March 18, 2013

By James C. Capretta

…n in 2012 to nearly $1.8 trillion in 2023.  That $1 trillion jump in spending represents 55 percent of the difference between total, non-interest federal spending in 2023 compared to 2012.  Put another way, and essentially by default, the major health entitlement programs will crowd out every other possible priority and consume more than half of all additional resources at the federal level. Looking further out into the future, the problem is ev…

Old and Rich? Less Help for You

The New York Times | Published on February 19, 2013

By Yuval Levin

Our paralyzed government is lurching toward an agonizing series of budget deadlines. Without some kind of deal, nearly $1 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts will kick in on March 1, the federal government could shut down on March 27, and the nation could default on its debts in May. On Tuesday, President Obama called the looming cuts, known as the sequester, a “meat-cleaver approach” as he urged Republicans to accede to highe…