By William A. Estes:
The status quo in U.S. health care is untenable. However, the solutions we implement must be compatible with sound medical ethics and the American ethos of individual liberty. For example, by insisting on cost transparency, combating regulatory arbitrage, and transitioning away from tax-deductible, employer-sponsored health insurance, we can empower Americans to make wiser decisions, thus harnessing the market to drive down prices and improve access. The AMA once defended such precepts and regarded the government as a menacing interloper. But it is a different organization baffled by strident factions as it charts a new course in an uncertain age.
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