Commentary

Hours after taking office in January, California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, asked federal officials for permission to create a statewide single-payer health care system. Other states are contemplating similar moves. Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington recently announced his plan for a state-sponsored public health insurance option....

Congress could soon vote on legislation that would gut America's intellectual property laws. The bill isn't just bad news for big pharmaceutical companies that hold lucrative patents. It's terrible news for patients -- medical research spending would dry up without strong patent protections. Americans could lose...

Today’s hearing in front of the Senate Finance Committee will, unfortunately, be another wasted opportunity. Surely, Senators will make grandiose speeches and be shocked at the cost of drugs. They will also continue to support the very policies that are causing the problems the hearing is supposed...

California has a well-deserved reputation for being unfriendly to business. Depending on what happens in Sacramento this year, the environment for workers could become unpleasant, as well. An attack on workers’ freedom began nearly a year ago, when the California Supreme Court established a new legal...

The Democratic Party's presidential hopefuls are diverse in all ways but one -- their stance on healthcare reform. The front-runners want to eliminate private insurance and put everyone on a government-run plan. But that's not something they've been enthusiastic about revealing to voters. Senator Elizabeth Warren recently refused to...

*Featured in Kaiser Health News Morning Briefing* Today, Type 1 diabetes patients pay twice as much for insulin as they did in 2012. This is outrageous — but drug companies aren’t to blame. The problem is a dysfunctional supply chain that benefits everyone except patients. In today’s system, insurers...