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The Healthcare Fix: Universal Insurance for All Americans

By Laurence Kotlikoff

MIT Press; 98 pages

When the first baby boomer filed for Social Security in mid-October, chills must have coursed along Laurence Kotlikoff's spine. For years the Boston University economist, among others, has been warning of our pending financial crisis--the burden of Social Security and health care for our largest generation on the shoulders of a diminishing proportion of workers. "We're creating our own fiscal catastrophe," Kotlikoff said in 2004. At the same time, businesses have been desperate to contain rising health-care premiums. Three years later, Kotlikoff is still determinedly on message--and...

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