Incentives and information for providers and consumers could bring some rationality to this process
Guests: Ben Protess, NYT. Ty Rogoway, AviationIntel. Mary Anastasia O'Grady, WSJ. Peter Berkowitz, Hoover.
In its efforts to remove lead from children’s products, the federal government has taken a reasonable idea to absurd extremes. By Richard A. Epstein.
“Microloans” already help people in the Third World escape from poverty. Now “micropayments” are helping them get health care. By Scott W. Atlas.
While birthrates continue to fall sharply in rich nations, they continue to rise sharply in poor nations. This growing demographic divide is increasing poverty and suffering. Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker explains what we can do.
The U.S. health care system is in critical condition. How the president can revive it. By Daniel P. Kessler.
They don’t have to prove they’re pure, effective, or even safe. Let’s fix that. By Henry I. Miller and David Longtin.
A recession is a terrible time to make major changes in the economic rules of the game. . . .
Antibiotech extremists refuse to let science change their minds, and won’t let consumers make up their own. By Henry I. Miller.
Powerless, aimless, corrupt: what’s not to like? By Bruce S. Thornton.
State mandates in favor of vaccines help protect public health.
Infectious disease has been a formidable force in shaping human history. In the times past, most people died from two causes: violence and infectious disease, with deaths from infectious disease being many times more common. Bubonic plague killed between a third and a half of the population of Europe in the Middle Ages, thus changing the course of Europe and the world forever. Smallpox killed half a billion people in the 20th century alone before being finally eradicated in 1982.
Paul Ryan is a straight shooter, and health care is his target. An interview with Peter Robinson.
The familiar photo of the Earth spinning in the blackness of space that was taken 50 years ago by William Anders, an astronaut on the Apollo 8 lunar mission, starkly illustrated our isolation on this planet. Now we face a crisis as the climate and environmental conditions that support life as we know it become ever more fragile owing to CO2-induced global warming. The evidence suggests there is significant risk that areas of the Earth in tropical zones may become uninhabitable and that significant food chains will collapse in this century.
Placebos work, but are they ethical? By Philip R. Alper.