Updates / Health Care


By / 5.7.2014

An article in Forbes trumpets a new approach to actually curing cancer using the immune system.  The article itself, entitled “Is This How We’ll Cure Cancer?” is worth reading, though a healthy dose of skepticism is important. However, from my perspective, what’s important are the  quotes about cost towards the bottom of the story “You’re going to […]

By / 4.14.2014

Insurers and politicians have been complaining that Sovaldi—Gilead’s new cure for hepatitis C—costs too much at $84,000 per treatment. But that complaint, while accurately reflecting short-term financial incentives,  perversely misses the real point. In the long-term, the real budget-buster for the U.S. healthcare system is the cost of managing and treating chronic conditions such as […]

By / 9.24.2013

I’ve been critical of the FDA in the past. But now that the FDA has released its long-awaited guidance for “Mobile Medical Applications,”  I’m pleasantly surprised at the stance the agency has taken. Basically, the FDA has done exactly what it should do–gotten out of the way of innovation, while reserving the right to jump […]

By and / 6.17.2013

How much do congressional Republicans hate Obamacare? How determined are they to see it fail? We may soon find out. For the first time, a constituency group to whom the GOP normally pays close attention—religious institutions—is asking for a legislative “fix” of the Affordable Care Act to make it work as intended. If the recent […]

By / 4.19.2013

President Obama’s new budget attempts to define a progressive alternative to conservative demands for a politics of austerity. Having just returned from a gathering of center-left parties in Copenhagen, I can report that European progressives are wrestling with the same challenge, and are reaching similar conclusions. There was wide agreement that the wrong answer is […]

By / 2.13.2013

President Obama got off on the right foot in last night’s State of the Union address by putting America’s economic revival at the center of his second-term agenda. That was reassuring, since his second inaugural strangely neglected this crucial subject. There’s no more urgent national challenge than building new economic foundations for shared prosperity. More […]

By / 11.7.2012

Back in 1996, I wrote a book called The High-Risk Society. The book was based on the vision that Americans had to embrace risk and innovation in order to achieve faster growth and long-term prosperity. An essential part of that vision, however, is the creation of a much stronger safety net.  If we are going to […]

By / 8.16.2012

As the presidential candidates debate the fate of Medicare, it’s worth noting a very simple fact: Mitt Romney paid only 0.07% of his income in Medicare taxes in 2010. By comparison, the typical American worker paid 1.45% of his or her income in Medicare taxes plus an equal amount paid by the employer. In other […]

By / 7.20.2012

If U.S. conservatives have made any useful contribution to anti-poverty policy, it’s driving home this crucial point: family structure matters. The whole vicious cycle of intergenerational poverty usually begins with teen pregnancy and unwed births. Yet House Republicans this week proposed to gut federal programs that aim at reducing teen pregnancies. How do conservatives square […]

By / 6.22.2012

Ed Kilgore is a PPI senior fellow, as well as managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, an online This week’s skirmishing in the presidential campaign revolved around the president’s immigration initiative and preparations for the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, due to be handed down next week. The executive order (technically issued by the […]