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Stanford economist Victor Fuchs, author of “Who Shall Live?”, says health care law comes up short


As a longtime observer of the U.S. medical system, he said the new health care legislation doesn’t go far enough. “It’s basically a redistribution plan – it helps poor and sick people but at a cost to the rest of the population,” he told Scope. He favors a voucher-based plan to bring about universal coverage, control costs and improve health, but he acknowledged that such profound change isn’t possible in the current political climate. He remains optimistic that one day the United States will follow the lead of some other countries and find its way to a more equitable and more efficient health care system.

Steven Levingston is the nonfiction editor of The Washington Post. He is author of “Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris” (Doubleday, 2014) and “The Kennedy Baby: The Loss that Transformed JFK” (Washington Post eBook, 2013).

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