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Ebola's Warning for an Unprepared America

September 17, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

The world is finally mobilizing to wage a muscular fight against Ebola's catastrophic spread through West Africa. President Obama has put the Pentagon in charge of a robust, 3,000-person U.S. relief effort in the stricken areas. This is a positive step, but the world is still dangerously ill-prepared for the fight against pandemic outbreaks.

In the case of Ebola, we were late to the battle and are now focused too narrowly on places like Liberia while failing to see West Africa as one big outbreak. We also remain too dependent on outdated tools and strategies in fighting the virus, and are tethered to an effort not yet scaled to the challenge.

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Heading Off a Bigger Ebola Catastrophe

September 1, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

The Ebola virus, which has already killed more than 1,500 people since the epidemic began earlier this year, is wreaking havoc in West Africa, leaving death, economic hardship, social stigma and civil unrest in its wake.

In response, the Obama administration has stressed that the disease is highly unlikely to spread inside America. Given international travel, we will certainly see cases diagnosed here, and perhaps even experience some isolated clusters of disease. For now, though, the administration's assurances are generally correct: Health-care workers in the U.S. and other advanced Western nations maintain infection controls that can curtail the spread of non-airborne diseases like Ebola.

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review of Politics Is a Joke!

August 19, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

This summer, in an effort to promote her new memoir, Hillary Clinton showed up—where else?—across the table from Jon Stewart and then Stephen Colbert. On "The Colbert Report" the former secretary of state sparred with the faux-conservative host, who described the book's account of dealing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, playing piano with Bono and meeting Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi as "656 pages of shameless name-dropping." Mr. Stewart's take on "The Daily Show" was even more blunt: "I think I speak for everybody when I say, no one cares. They just want to know if you're running for president."

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Will employer health plans become a casualty of Obamacare?

May 12, 2014  •  Politico

Welcome to the new conventional wisdom: Employer-sponsored health insurance, which developed by accident in World War II and subsequently became the main pillar of our health system, is in danger of disappearing. A new study by S&P Capital Research, a financial research firm, predicts that the employer-based system will most likely disappear by 2025. Even Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects of the president's health care reforms and the brother of former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, says in his new book that the bill's health care exchanges will eventually supplant the existing system.

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Obama's "Last Campaign": Pop Culture Push for Health Law

March 22, 2014  •  RealClearPolitics

President Obama recently went on the "Ellen" TV show to encourage people to sign up for health insurance at HealthCare.gov. The interview lacked the humor of last week's "Between Two Ferns" interview with Zach Galifianakis, but it was part of the same concerted strategy: to use pop culture venues to push the Affordable Care Act.

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