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“In two weeks, the planet’s hu­man pop­u­la­tion will hit 7 bil­lion. For bet­ter and worse, it’s a mile­stone that un­der­scores our re­silience as a species liv­ing longer but also our ex­pand­ing ap­petite for things in fi­nite sup­ply, such as clean water and food … The 7 bil­lion mark should be a wake-up call as well as a mile­stone. The United Na­tions, along with non­govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions bat­tling world­wide poverty and dis­ease, must step up the strug­gle to help client na­tions tie pop­u­la­tion lev­els to health, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic out­comes. The fu­ture needn’t be grim if rea­son­ably de­ci­phered with all the re­sources now at hand.”

—The Oregonian “Mas­sachusetts may lead the way. Hav­ing achieved vir­tu­ally uni­ver­sal health in­sur­ance cov­er­age for all of its res­i­dents, the state has turned to con­trol­ling costs. It is fur­ther along than the fed­eral govern­ment, for ex­am­ple, in its ex­plo­ration of ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing pay­ment sys­tem. Cam­paign rhetoric not­with­stand­ing, you’d think even former Mas­sachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney would be proud of the progress his state is mak­ing.”


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