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HSA Man v. Healthzilla
Wall Street Journal, 10-12-04

CMP Senior Fellow Dr. David Gratzer took the occasion of the final Presidential debate to note that ten years after Hillary Clinton's failed health care proposals, statism is alive and well in the American health care policy debates. He notes that burgeoning health care costs were not restrained during the 1990s by expansion of government programs and adoption of government-like cost controls via HMOs, so why should we expect that more of the same would cure our ills? Dr. Gratzer argues that instead we should start to shift payment for health care to the people who consume it, that this will result in lower cost and more insurance coverage. He also notes that President Bush is friendlier to this approach than is Senator Kerry.


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