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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Best Care Everywhere

Back in July, while trying to justify his opposition to expanding government health care coverage for children, President Bush made a telling comment. The uninsured, he said, “have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room.” That remark stuck many as blithe and callous, and in many ways… Read more »

Electronic Records at the VA

ELECTRONIC RECORDS AT THE VA….What’s the big deal about the VA’s electronic medical record system? Almost uniquely, its original code was written by doctors for doctors, as part of an ad hoc, collaborative process. The story, which I chronicle in my book, Best Care Anywhere, is wonderful. It’s one of an underground subculture of geeky… Read more »

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 »