What should we do about the financial burden of health care? Not even the passage of Obamacare in 2010 has managed to settle the issue. Now President-elect Biden will get a turn to address our nation’s most intractable long-run challenge. To succeed where others have failed, Biden should focus on a solution that improves health outcomes while reducing the cost of care—treating biological aging.
We need solutions that keep people out of hospitals and doctors’ offices in the first place, by making them so healthy that they don’t need as much care. The most exciting opportunity for such an improvement in health productivity is to understand and address the biology of aging.