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Trump wants health 'insurance for everybody.' Here's how the GOP can make it happen.

February 2, 2017  •  The Washington Post

Donald Trump's statement that his preferred replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would provide health "insurance for everybody" surprised those who have followed the contentious debate over the health-care law since its passage in 2010. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Trump's nominee for health and human services secretary, signaled agreement with the president when he said during his confirmation hearing that a Republican replacement for the ACA should cover more people.

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Getting a Better Return on Our Health Dollars

February 2017  •  The Ripon Forum

The U.S. spends more on health care than any other developed country – 50 percent more per capita than the next highest OECD country. The average American pays over $9,000 for health care each year – more than twice the average of other developed nations – and yet the life expectancy of the average American ranks 42nd in the world.

For all of our health spending, the average American can expect a shorter lifespan than the average Frenchman, Swiss, or Swede. Over 17.5 percent of our GDP goes to health care, up from only about 5 percent of GDP devoted to health in 1960. We are clearly spending a great deal on health care and not getting the results we should, particularly given the enormous size of our investment.

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Will There Be An Internal Revolt Against Trump?

February 2017  •  Commentary

My first face-to-face encounter with the federal bureaucracy came on January 22, 2001. I was the deputy director of a "parachute team" for incoming president George W. Bush, and our job was to "secure the beachhead" at the Department of Labor on the first day of the new administration. (The political realm loves to borrow military metaphors.) That meant stopping the department from issuing guidance, rules, and statements that reflected the views of the departing Clinton administration. The most important tactical objective in this mission, we were told, was this: Secure the fax machine! (It was 2001, after all.) At that time, there was one specially designated fax machine used to send new regulatory language to the Federal Register, which publishes all newly minted regulations. There was a bureaucrat I'll call Mitchell Sykes whose job it was to man that fax machine. We were to find Sykes and stop him from doing anything. (Some identifying names have been changed throughout this article.)

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Shall We Wake the Prime Minister, Habibi?

January 23, 2017  •  Tablet

In 2008, Hillary Clinton established the standard of readiness for American presidents with her famous 2008 "3 a.m. phone call" advertisement. In the TV ad, children are sleeping peacefully while an off-screen voice says, "Something is happening in the world. ... Your vote will decide who answers that call." Hillary was unsuccessful in that race, losing to Barack Obama, but the ad hit a nerve, and the American people now look to this standard in looking for a leader. Yet despite the interest in presidential wake-ups, the truth is that they do not happen that often. Obama told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel that he had only been awakened three or four times over the course of his presidency, and never in the face of any kind of existential threat.

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2016 Books: A President Leaves, but the Reading Continues

December 29, 2016  •  National Review Online

The year 2016 was a good one for books by men named Yuval. Over the past year, I read two, and both were excellent. The first Yuval is Yuval Levin, justifiably well known to NR readers. His Fractured Republic deserves the accolades it has been receiving. It is a cogent and well-reasoned look at how we have come to our present situation of bitter partisanship and broken politics, but it also makes a compelling case for a realistic path forward. He suggests a form of "subsidiarity," i.e., getting away from solutions at the federal level and finding more answers locally. The book is a devastating indictment of the welfare state and a good primer for effective conservative policymaking in the future.

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