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The improvements in American medical care in a single lifetime are awe inspiring.
In his most recent book, columnist George Will notes that when he was born in 1941, “the principal expense of most hospitals was clean linen.” Since then medical technologies, such as MRIs and CAT scans, have been deployed to save lives. But perhaps more important is the development of drug therapies.
The revolution began with antibiotics, which made most infections an annoyance instead of a death sentence. Immunizations wiped out childhood diseases, while other drugs prevent chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and other invisible threats. The pharmacological breakthroughs are stunning and still unfolding.
Oddly, Democrats in Congress seem to…