No health-care fixes are free and other commentary


Health economist: Health-Care Fix Won’t Be Free

The cost of health care has been a topic “particularly susceptible to silver-bullet thinking” in the Democratic primaries, observes Carrie Colla at The Hill. Candidates propose “delivery reforms, programs or policies that will reduce spending or increase access without hurting the patient experience, reducing quality or reducing access to choice about our care.”

But evidence shows “it is nearly impossible” to reduce spending without compromising one of these areas. Even care coordination and employee-wellness programs, which “have benefits in certain populations or contexts,” have failed to save money “on a broad scale.” Bottom line: A realistic solution “will require trade-offs along at least one dimension: access, patient experience and choice or quality.”

Conservative: Dems Render Citizenship Meaningless

This month, a mob tore down an American flag outside an ICE facility in Colorado, and a gunman attacked one in Tacoma, Wash. “What’s most ­remarkable in all this is that not one Democratic 2020 contender has felt the need to breathe a word about the importance of American citizenship and sovereignty,” scoffs The Federalist’s John Daniel Davidson. Instead, leading Democrats have taken time to condemn ICE for targeting those who have already “had their day in court and been ordered by a judge to leave the country.”

Davidson’s warning to the left: Centrist and independent voters are watching the Democratic Party “align itself with the idea that American sovereignty and citizenship aren’t important, that patriotism is problematic and that the American people should have no say in who is allowed to enter the country and stay.”

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