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An Unthinkably Modern Miracle

The author gets a crash course in health care pricing after having his urethra fixed.

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24 Ladies Resting

A social and historical look at a women's sanatorium.

"What about the exercise path keeps the women moving together. They move toward the birds and the birds disperse. A woman drops a handful of raisins from breakfast and the birds converge for the raisins but only until the raisins are gone. The birds will disperse again. They will fly down chimneys and into cars. The shriveled fruits cannot hold their attention for much longer now. They have no exercise path like the women have. The exercise path keeps the women moving together each morning and evening, as if they will never disperse. The women entwine their wet hands."

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HealthCare.gov: How Political Fear Was Pitted Against Technical Needs

Ignored early warnings, political pressure, and a botched Obamacare rollout.

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Faith Healers

How mergers between Catholic institutions and secular hospitals are changing the nature of health care.

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Big Med

What the health care industry can learn from how The Cheesecake Factory does business.

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American Vespers: The Ebbing of the Body Politic

A longtime Harper’s contributor considers America as he dies: “When I died, I died of many things: the failing systems; the weakening of age; the exhaustion of the long war against dying. Finally, I succumbed to the lack of ethics in a California hospital, killed by filth and neglect.”

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We’re getting wildly differing assessments

A 7,000-word anatomy of the chaotic 9 minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its health care ruling.

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A Life Worth Ending

The author on his mother’s deteriorating health and the “price of longevity.”

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Mommy Wars: The Prequel

Ina May Gaskin and the battle for at-home births.

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Stuck in Bed, at Hospital’s Expense

Recently discharged, an undocumented immigrant discusses his treatment.

In a city with a large immigrant population, it is not rare for hospitals to have one or more patients who, for reasons unrelated to their medical condition, do not seem to leave. At Downtown, where a bed costs the hospital more than $2,000 a day, there are currently three long-term patients who no longer need acute care but cannot be discharged because they have nowhere to go. The hospital pays nearly all costs for these patients’ treatment. One man left recently after a stay of more than five years.

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The Thomases vs. Obama’s Health-Care Plan

On the combined force of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife Virginia, a Tea Party stalwart.

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The Hot Spotters

How focusing on the neediest patients could radically reduce health care costs.

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Dirty Medicine

How misdirected incentives in the bewildering medical supply industry keep innovative, life-saving equipment from reaching hospitals.