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The Blame Game: How to Evade the Cost Problem
The Congressional Budget Office recently issued a report laying out in stark detail the seriousness of escalating health care costs. Earlier reports by the Commonwealth Fund and the Kaiser Family Foundation and sundry analyses by many health care economists also stressed the unsustainability of rising costs, and public opinion surveys show that controlling costs is now taken to be as important as achieving universal health care. But earlier this year, President Bush got a taste of what taking costs seriously leads to.
The Congressional Budget Office recently issued a report laying out in stark detail the seriousness of escalating health care costs. Earlier reports by the Commonwealth Fund and the Kaiser Family Foundation and sundry analyses by many health care economists also stressed the unsustainability of rising costs, and public opinion surveys show that controlling costs is now taken to be as important as achieving universal health care. But earlier this year, President Bush got a taste of what taking costs seriously leads to.
Daniel Callahan, "The Blame Game: How to Evade the Cost Problem," Hastings Center Report 38, no. 4 (2008): inside back cover.