US, heal thyself?

May 19, 2008

The UK’s Miliband just cautioned the US Democratic candidates against taking a protectionist turn… But the US’s ills do not so much seem to lie in imports from China,  rather in its healthcare system.

Short follow-up, therefore, on my previous post and Krugman’s justified if ill-interpreted obsession with the healthcare system. Clive Crook in the FT has a good piece today on a new book by Ezekiel Emanuel, Healthcare Guaranteed.

Crook’s article starts thus:

“In US public policy, all roads lead to healthcare. Remorseless pressure on public spending? Blame Medicare. Economic insecurity? Fear of losing health benefits is a chief cause. Stagnant wages and worsening inequality? Look to the cost of employer-provided insurance. “

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