Annie Ierardi works from home in a Nashville, Tennessee, building that’s adding apartments as waves of young workers flock to a city flush with jobs, music and ambition. Amid noise and disruption, she can’t imagine leaving.
The growth in Medicare costs continues to be slow, in what is perhaps the most encouraging fiscal development for the U.S. in decades. If the health-care system is to continue to provide better value for Americans, policy makers need to seize this moment. Sadly, they are instead largely sitting on the sidelines.
Few government programs seem as sacrosanct as funding for medical research. Despite continuing U.S. budget constraints, both Democrats and Republicans regularly pledge to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health and other government medical research.