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Rauner Goes After Healthcare Costs

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reduce what the state spends on health insurance for its own employees as well how much money it is funneling into Medicaid. “(B)ringing health care benefits more in line with those received by the taxpayers who pay for them, we save an additional $700 million,” Rauner said last week during his budget address. But the governor acknowledged this proposed savings would only be fully realized if state worker unions cooperate. “We recognize that some of these...

Analysis: U.K.’s National Health Service Continues to Deteriorate

Shortages of medical care are endemic in government run health care systems. Over the Christmas holidays, the waits for emergency care in the British National Health Service (NHS) reached what the British press called “crisis” levels. Compared to last year, twice as many ambulances had more than half-hour waits outside of over-crowded emergency rooms. According to the Independent newspaper, in December and January more than 7,000 surgeries were canceled due to lack of beds. NHS waiting times...

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