Phillip Longman

Phillip Longman is senior editor of the Washington Monthly.

Phil joined the staff of the Washington Monthly in 2012. He is also the policy director at the Open Markets Institute and a lecturer at Johns Hopkins, where he teaches health care policy.

In addition to writing countless feature articles for the Monthly, Phil’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, The New Statesman, The New York Times Magazine, Politica Exterior, Der Spiegel, and World Politics Review.

Formerly a senior writer and deputy assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report, Phillip has won many awards for his business and financial writing, including UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award, and the top prize for investigative journalism from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, and was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University.

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Long-Term Care and the VA

LONG-TERM CARE AND THE VA….Kevin wonders why, in “Best Care Everywhere,” I say that the VA’s near lifetime relationship with its patients, which it has always had, is a key to its current success. In part the answer is that the VA was never as bad as portrayed in movies such as Born on the… Read more »

European Communion

mericans of all political stripes tend to see what they want to see in the European Union. For progressives, its example is supposed to show how a robust welfare state, including universal health care, is consistent with prosperity. Its also supposed to show how separation of church and state, multilateralism, multiculturalism, opposition to the death… Read more »


In his new book, Sick: The Untold Story of Americas Health Care Crisisand the People Who Pay the Price, Jonathan Cohn, a senior editor at the New Republic, offers a series of chilling anecdotes about ordinary Americans who lack affordable medical care. Theres the mother of three who, after her husband loses his high-tech job… Read more »

Son King

No tengo futuro, Jeb Bush told Spanish-language reporters last December. Word that Floridas popular two-term governor sees himself as having no political future is hardly surprising. Jeb may be the smart one, the one whos deeply curious and involved with the mechanics of government, the one whose poll ratings as he leaves office show that… Read more »

The Masculine Mystique

But a man’s got to have a code to live by. And according to mine, stranger, a real man don’t ride around saying things like it’s “a considerable fact that almost any man can beat up almost any woman.” That sounds to me like something some yeller-bellied, four-eyed tenderfoot might say before his ma washes… Read more »