Bush's Remedy Isn't a Cure

The President's health-care proposals won't help those who need insurance most or the underinsured who can't afford primary care

Most Americans understand that our health-care system is not sustainable, and that without significant reform, it is headed for a complete meltdown. Too many people—47 million at latest count—lack health insurance; far too many do not have a regular source of care and use costly emergency rooms for routine care; per-person health-care costs are as much as 250% higher in the U.S. than in any other developed nation; and the quality of care, even for those who are insured, is—in the words of one recent expert report—"mediocre at best."

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