Still in poor health

It seemed at times during last fall’s presidential election that the most crucial issue facing the nation was the price of prescription drugs for senior citizens. Besides indicating the importance of the over-65 voting bloc, the candidates’ focus on this issue revealed how limited political aspirations are these days, especially on health care. Comprehensive reform of health care is virtually a dead issue. Ever since Hillary Clinton’s proposal for universal access to health care crashed and burned during Bill Clinton’s first term, it’s been a political axiom that only incremental changes are feasible.


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