Debates by Category: Health Care

December 10, 2009

Integrated Health Systems Are the Cure

By acting as both insurers and providers of care, integrated health systems offer the best hope for true innovation and cost-effectiveness in health care. Pro or con?

September 16, 2009

Tax Sugary Soft Drinks

The federal government should help finance the expansion of U.S. health coverage by taxing products, such as sugary soft drinks, that contribute to obesity and other chronic health conditions. Pro or Con?

September 9, 2009

CDHPs and HSAs Will Heal Health Care

Consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) are the future of health care in the U.S.

April 7, 2009

Doctor, Heal Thy Attitude

Most physicians are hypocrites. They expect the respect owed to benevolent professionals when they’re just glorified merchants. Pro or con?

October 10, 2008

Genetic Tests: Insurers Should Pay

Health insurance companies should foot the bill for genetic tests for diseases and other medical problems. Pro or con?

September 19, 2008

Employee Wellness Is Ill-Conceived

Businesses should stop trying to meddle in their workers’ health and fitness habits. Pro or con?

June 12, 2008

Health Care: Go Canadian

The U.S. should adopt its northern neighbor’s system of state-paid medical care for all its citizens. Pro or con?

March 31, 2008

Riegel v. Medtronic Is Bad Medicine

The Supreme Court’s Riegel v. Medtronic ruling, which protects makers of certain medical devices from being sued, endangers patients’ rights. Pro or con?

November 27, 2007

Financed Medical Care: Only Fair

U.S. hospitals are justified in selling patients’ unpaid bills to banks, credit-card companies, and other financial concerns, which collect the money from the patients and charge interest. Pro or con?

March 30, 2007

Universal Health Care: No Sick Joke

Small businesses—and large—have trouble attracting the best job candidates because of the high price of health care. Entrepreneurship demands nationalized medical insurance. Pro or con?

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