HKS Authors

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Professor of Public Policy, HKS; Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, FAS


If Congress creates a public option in health-care insurance, will that inevitably lead to a single-payer system, with the government everyone's insurer? And should that happen, would the single-payer system lower costs, enhance medical-service delivery and improve the health of all Americans, as its advocates promise. Much can be learned about such questions by considering the history of secondary schools in America.


Peterson, Paul E. "Health Lessons from Schools." New York Post, September 3, 2009.