The Great Debate

Why Obama must prevail for a ‘grand bargain’

By David M. Walker
June 21, 2013

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) (R) in Washington, Mar. 19, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Can Obama fire up younger voters?

By Mike Males
November 5, 2012

 

As national attention focuses on the devastation inflicted on Atlantic states by megastorm Sandy, polls show the same basic electoral reality that has prevailed throughout the presidential campaign: Without a strong turnout among young voters, President Barack Obama loses on Nov. 6.

Key fiscal questions nominees must answer

By David M. Walker
October 19, 2012

 

We can only hope the final presidential debate Monday provides less heat and more light than the previous two. Especially with regard to fiscal matters, the debates have so far not provided the substance and solutions that voters need and deserve to hear.

Romney should be proud of Massachusetts health law

By Deval Patrick
April 12, 2012

It’s been six years since Mitt Romney signed the Massachusetts healthcare reform law. That law was a framework for change, a values statement about what we believe in Massachusetts: that health is a public good and that everyone deserves access to affordable, high-quality healthcare.

Ryan’s budget frames 2012 election around Medicare

By Christopher Papagianis
March 23, 2012

This week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released what amounts to the most substantive roadmap for fiscal policy that any Republican is likely to offer in 2012. Many political pundits and policy analysts, especially those on the left, are eager to dig into the details to alert the public about the potential (negative) impacts of a budget that slices off $5 trillion in total federal spending compared with the plan offered by President Obama in February.

An unsung victory in healthcare

By Ezekiel Emanuel
March 6, 2012

In 2008, 17 percent of office-based physicians and just 9 percent of hospitals had basic electronic health records (EHRs) and fewer than 10 percent used electronic prescriptions. This doesn’t mean most physicians were Luddites; rather, there were powerful disincentives to their adoption of health IT.

Wal-Mart will see you now

By Dave Chase
November 11, 2011

By Dave Chase
The views expressed are his own.

“We don’t have a debt problem. We have a healthcare problem.” Those are the words of Laura Tyson, one of the most respected economists in the world. In Bill Gates’ recent TED talk, he described healthcare as the factor that is devastating state budgets leading to education cuts. Clearly something must to be done now to address this crisis.

The government’s waning support of breast cancer?

By Sally Pipes
November 11, 2010

By Sally Pipes
The opinions expressed are her own.

Breast Cancer Awareness month, which wound down last month, appeared to get plenty of government support.

Healthcare overhaul: The good news

March 22, 2010

Peter_Pitts– Peter J. Pitts is president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest and a former FDA Associate Commissioner. The views expressed are his own. –

Three ways the health reform package helps control costs

By David B. Kendall
March 22, 2010

DavidKendall-photo-full size– David Kendall is senior fellow for health and fiscal policy at Third Way. The views expressed are his own. –