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Institute for Policy Studies

The Way to “Save” Medicare Is to Expand It

If the United States were able to reduce its health care spending from 17.8% of national income to a more normal 11.8% of national income, we would be spending $905 billion less on health care every year. Obamacare won’t do that. Neither will the Medicare “reform” proposals currently under consideration. Only one policy proposal would bring the US healthcare system into line with those in other countries: Medicare for all.

An Epidemiological Stopwatch on Inequality

New research has helped answer a nagging question among scientists who study population health: How much time has to elapse before a society growing more unequal starts paying the price — in higher rates of illness and death? The best estimate: five years after inequality spurts.