Erik Ly

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To Grow Stronger, China Has to Grow More Slowly

When President Xi Jinping of China took power in 2012, digital cash hardly existed. Last year, the Chinese made $9 trillion in mobile payments, 80 times more than Americans. Chinese consumers pay for 25 percent of their purchases with digital cash delivered by a mobile phone app, and about one in …


Give Cancer Patients a Break on Student Loans

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has recently drawn criticism for proposing a long list of cuts to higher education programs. Congress must mull those potentially traumatic trims while reauthorizing standard financing for students and colleges, but there’s one positive change that might sneak by in …


Everyone Wants to Reduce Drug Prices. So Why Can’t We Do It?

Of all the promises President Trump made for the early part of his term, controlling stinging drug prices might have seemed the easiest to achieve.<p>An angry public overwhelmingly wants change in an easily vilified industry. The pharmaceutical industry’s recent publicity nightmare included 1,000 …

Health Care

Why Medicare for All Will/Won’t Work

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “Why We Need Medicare for All,” by Bernie Sanders (Op-Ed, Sept. 13):<p>Senator Sanders’s Medicare for All Act merits strong support from all political constituencies.<p>For conservatives, Medicare for All (single payer) should appeal because it will control costs. With Medicare for All, …

Health Care

North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons, Japan’s Bind

TOKYO — Pyongyang’s recent missile launch over Hokkaido and its underground nuclear test have laid bare Japan’s Achilles’ heel: Our country’s national security policy is still woefully ill equipped for this mounting danger. The new sanctions adopted by the United Nations Security Council on Monday …

North Korea

Your Social Security Number Isn’t a Secret

Back when identity theft was mainly credit card fraud and a 100,000-record leak was a big deal — the good old days, around 2004 — my hacker friends and I would sit around and brainstorm ways to slow down what some were calling the fastest-growing crime of the century.<p>One method came up again and …

Identity Theft