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James C. Capretta

James C. Capretta

New Atlantis Contributing Editor James C. Capretta is an expert on health care and entitlement policy, with years of experience in both the executive and legislative branches of government. E-mail: jcapretta@aei.org.


James C. Capretta’s Latest New Atlantis Articles

 Health Care with a Conscience” (Fall 2008) 

 Health Care 2008: A Political Primer” (Spring 2008) 

 The Clipboard of the Future” (Winter 2008)


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Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Public Option Contradiction 

Perhaps the most fundamental question in the health care debate is this: what process has the best chance of producing continuous improvement in the efficiency and value of patient care? President Obama and many Democrats believe new and improved versions of governmental control can do the job. Yet we have nearly half a century of experience with the government running the Medicare program in a way that increases costs for everyone, not just seniors. That's the subject of an op-ed I wrote, up at Kaiser Health News today and available here.

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