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Where Should Health Care Rank in Obama's List of Priorities?  

Where Should Health Care Rank in Obama's List of Priorities?
By Maggie Mahar, Health Beat
If health care reform is done in a way that contains cost and lifts quality, it will take time and serious seed money. Read more »

 

Now that meaningful health care reform seems certain, the question is, When should it happen? How long long will it take to get it right and what role should reform play in getting the economy back on track? Health care experts and economists have a range of views on what priority health care reform should be in an Obama administration. This week, we're bringing you two different takes on the issue. Maggie Mahar, a fellow at the Century Foundation who blogs regularly at Health Beat, argues that health care reform -- important as it is -- may have to wait a while. Other issues are more pressing and more likely to stimulate the economy, she writes. Economist Dean Baker claims just the opposite -- that pumping money into the health care sector is one of the best ways to jump-start the economy. In any case, President-elect Obama, facing a nation with 47 million uninsured and no end to foreclosures or bankruptcies in sight, has his work cut out for him.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more expert voices on what Obama should prioritize in his presidency.

Cheers,
Heather Gehlert
Managing Editor

 

Fixing Health Care Could Be Obama's Path to Greatness  

Fixing Health Care Could Be Obama's Path to Greatness

Extending health care insurance can be an effective stimulus that will provide an immediate boost to the economy. Read more »

Michael Pollan: Eating Is a Political Act  

Michael Pollan: Eating Is a Political Act

Michael Pollan discusses food production, consumer choices, the future of organics and climate change. Read more »

Why Do Women Often Feel Colder Than Men?  

Why Do Women Often Feel Colder Than Men?

New research is suggesting that we all feel the cold differently. Read more »

Bioethics: Advice for the Next President  

Bioethics: Advice for the Next President

The president and the nation need expert, thoughtful, balanced advice on difficult bioethical issues. Read more »

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Poised for Health Care Reform  

Poised for Health Care Reform

"With the Obama victory, the question is no longer whether we'll pursue comprehensive healthcare reform, but when and in what form." Read more »

 

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