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Zack Cooper is an Assistant Professor at Yale University and a Resident Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies

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Blog Entries by Zack Cooper

The Case for End-of-Life Care Gets Stronger

Posted August 24, 2010 | 15:31:17 (EST)

It doesn't get any tougher than this: discussions revolving around end of life care, treating patients with a terminal illness with dignity, and the costs associated with intensive medical treatments are staggeringly difficult. However, every now and then, an article is published that fundamentally changes the status quo. A

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What Should Be Achieved at the Health Care Summit

Posted February 24, 2010 | 09:59:00 (EST)

Who do you think wrote the following paragraph?

"The health care system in America is broken. Costs are rising at an unacceptable rate -- more than doubling over the last 10 years, which is nearly four times the rate of wage growth. Too many patients feel trapped by health...
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The Real Losers Last Night in Massachusetts Were the Uninsured

Posted January 20, 2010 | 09:46:52 (EST)

If Scott Brown's victory spells the end of health care reform, then the Americans who really lost out last night were the uninsured, and the scores of others bankrupted by health care costs. This morning's coverage of the Massachusetts Senate race focused on Democrats and Republicans, politicos and pollsters and...

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The Public Option Sideshow

Posted December 7, 2009 | 10:34:33 (EST)

The public option has taken on a mythical status. For many people, health care reform will be deemed a failure if the President signs legislation without a public option. That's problematic.

The public option was never a coherent, well-defined policy tool. Instead, it was an amorphous concept that stood...

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A Health Insurance Mandate and Corporate Monopoly

Posted October 20, 2009 | 08:05:51 (EST)

Requiring every American to own health insurance is tough medicine. A mandate to own health insurance can feel like a tax; it can be characterized as government overreach, and unless the subsidies are generous enough, it will feel like health care reform is putting the hammer to the middle class....

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Health Care Reform Needs More Innovating and Less Politicking

Posted September 26, 2009 | 10:52:57 (EST)

Apparently FDR didn't include universal health care in the New Deal because he thought the issue was too complicated for politics as usual. One-liners, rhetoric and spin would trump reason, no matter how pressing health care reform might have been. That may have been true then, but it can't be...

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Barack Obama: President of Policy Ends, Not Ideological Means

Posted September 10, 2009 | 10:42:33 (EST)

Health care is not about Democrats versus Republicans or the left versus the right. Rather, health care reform is about decency, security, and as the late Senator Kennedy wrote in his letter to President Obama, it's about the 'character of the country'.

Right now, health care costs are a...

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Five Vital Points the President Must Make in His Upcoming Speech On Health Care Reform

Posted September 2, 2009 | 12:34:37 (EST)

President Obama is back in Washington and the healthcare debate is still raging. Yesterday, the President seemed to jettison the public plan and the White House announced that in the next two weeks, he will make a major policy address on healthcare. Here are five vital points that the President...

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Want to Lower The Healthcare Price Tag? The Insurance Debate is Just the Beginning

Posted August 21, 2009 | 08:09:49 (EST)

All the brouhaha over insurance co-operatives, the public plan, and Sarah Palin's fictitious death panel creates the false impression that our healthcare system is the sole determinant of our health. It's not. Our individual behavior --- how much we smoke, drink, and exercise --- rather than the way our healthcare...

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English Healthcare in the US Reform Debate: Setting the Record Straight

Posted August 14, 2009 | 22:10:27 (EST)

The English National Health Service (NHS) has become part of the US healthcare debate. This is bad for both countries. In America, the English NHS is a straw man that distracts from the real discussions that need to happen about how to expand health insurance coverage, improve quality and reduce...

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