Why AARP’s New Social Security Campaign Is Upsetting Progressives

The largest seniors group in the country has launched a campaign to get presidential candidates to discuss their plans for Social Security — only it won’t say which Social Security reforms it prefers, and progressive retirement policy leaders are none too happy about it. AARP, a nonprofit with 37 million members all over the age of […]

On Kenneth Thorpe’s Analysis of Senator Sanders’ Single-Payer Reform Plan

Professor Kenneth Thorpe recently issued an analysis of Senator Bernie Sanders’ single-payer national health insurance proposal. Thorpe, an Emory University professor who served in the Clinton administration, claims the single-payer plan would break the bank. Thorpe’s analysis rests on several incorrect, and occasionally outlandish, assumptions. Moreover, it is at odds with analyses of the costs […]

The Good Death, When Breath Becomes Air and More

Death goes in and out of fashion. The topic lingers behind euphemisms for a few years, and then someone calls it forth again:Elisabeth Kübler-Ross with her disciplined On Death and Dying in 1969; Susan Sontag with her angry but profound Illness as Metaphor in 1978 and the empathetic follow-up AIDS and Its Metaphors, in 1988; Derek […]

One Third of Skilled Nursing Patients Harmed in Treatment

One-in-three patients in skilled nursing facilities suffered a medication error, infection or some other type of harm related to their treatment, according to a government report released today that underscores the widespread nature of the country’s patient harm problem. Doctors who reviewed the patients’ records determined that 59 percent of the errors and injuries were preventable. […]