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Volume 7, Number 17
April 29, 2010


In the Spotlight

We Can't Lose Our Global Leadership In Medical Innovation
American solidarity with the less affluent today risks shortchanging the young tomorrow

Tomas Philipson,, 4-23-10

The health care reforms President Obama recently signed into law have been put forward as the culmination of the U.S.'s moral obligation to provide health care for those who cannot afford it. Advocates of this view embrace the European vision of social insurance, or "solidarity," in which government-financed health care is the cornerstone of a civilized society.
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· Medical Device Recalls and the FDA Approval Process, Zuckerman, D. M., Brown, P., Nissen, S. E., Archives of Internal Medicine, 6-14-11
· Patent Reform Gets Key Support in House, Julian Pecquet, The Hill, 6-14-11
· $4.3 Billion Pledged at Vaccine Fund-Raiser, Donald G. McNeil Jr., New York Times, 6-13-2011
· Physicians Leaving Practices for health System Employment, Karen Cheung, FierceHealthcare, 6-13-11

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· Marco Rubio takes on 'Medi-scare' Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post, 6-13-11
· 'Vouchercare' Is the Right Name for Medicare Laurence Kotlikoff, Bloomberg, 6-15-11
· Built To Fail: Health Insurance Exchanges Under The Affordable Care Act
· Can Exchanges Help Consumers Get Good Value Insurance? Depends On Where You Live Sabrina Corlette, Kaiser Health News, 6-15-11
· The ObamaCare Bad News Continues Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal, 6-16-11
· ObamaCare's Economic Flaws Doug Holtz-Eakin, Investor's Business Daily, 6-8-11

More Commentary >>


· Why States Are So Miffed about Medicaid Economics, Politics, and the "Woodwork Effect", Benjamin D. Sommers et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-15-11
· Auditing Access to Specialty Care for Children with Public Insurance, Joanna bisgaier et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-16-11
· Moving Beyond Fee-For-Service: The Case for Managed Care in Medicaid, Michael Ramlet and Carey Lafferty, American Action Forum, 6-14-11
· The New Gold Rush: Prospectors are Hoping to Mine Opportunities in the Healthcare Industry, Health Research Institute, PricewatershouseCoopers, 6-14-11
· Active Purchasing for Health Insurance Exchanges: An Analysis of Options, Sabrina Corlette and JoAnn Volk, RWJF, 6-14-11

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We Can't Lose Our Global Leadership In Medical Innovation

Podcast Series

Art Carden is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Business at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition, he is an Adjunct Fellow with the Independent Institute and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. This week, Carden discusses his research on how Wal-Mart's revolutionary product distribution system sharply lowers food prices facing consumers—and may also affect obesity rates in the U.S.

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"If I know that someone else is going to pick up the bill for the heart attack I'm going to have someday because of my decision to supersize my meal, then the cost to me of supersizing that meal is lower, then I'm going to do it. If I know that I'm going to have to foot the entire bill for my heart attack, then I have less of an incentive to supersize my meal."
—Art Carden


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