Human societies have generally made great progress over the course of history in the mastery of their surrounding environments, climates, and biomes. And the experience of the United States is emblematic of this, across a variety of measures—with significant reductions in air and water pollution, in weather-related mortality, in malnutrition, and in the burden of disease. Progress has been driven by a combination of technology, markets, and governance. Oftentimes difficult social and regulatory choices over the past half century, enabled by technological innovation and ongoing incentives for investments, have allowed this country to stay one step ahead of the variety of environmental and health risks it faces.
Incentives and information for providers and consumers could bring some rationality to this process
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Guests: Ben Protess, NYT. Ty Rogoway, AviationIntel. Mary Anastasia O'Grady, WSJ. Peter Berkowitz, Hoover.
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Enthusiasm for universal coverage plummets when people find out how much they’d have to pay. By David W. Brady and Daniel P. Kessler.
European lawmakers want to protect their favorite regulations—effective or not, now and forever. By James Huffman.
Regardless of the future of ObamaCare, here’s evidence that key parts of the legislation have already failed. By Daniel P. Kessler.
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Health-care savings accounts and high-deductible plans empower consumers and will bring down costs.