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Challenging the New Curse of Bigness 30.11.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  In a January speech on the excessive economic and political power of big finance, Bernie Sanders declared, “If Teddy Roosevelt, the Republican trust-buster were alive today, he would say, ‘Break ’em up.’ And he would be right.” Hillary Clinton invoked the same legacy. “It’s time to take a page from Teddy Roosevelt’s book and get our economy working for Americans again,” Clinton wrote last fall in an op-ed that called for expanded antitrust enforcement to counteract increasing corporate concentration. The abuse of private power was the central concern for progressive reformers a century ago—and the same issues resonate today. From railroads to oil to finance, men like Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, John Rockefeller, and J.P. Morgan had centralized control over these core industries. Some used direct corporate ownership; others established networks of companies via trusts or interlocking boards of ...
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How California can survive Trumpcare 18.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

No one knows exactly what Donald Trump’s pledge to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act means. The hints, however, are troubling. No state has embraced the ACA — Obamacare — more enthusiastically and successfully than California. And no state has more to lose with Trumpcare. 

California’s...

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Congratulations, Trump Voters: Here's What You've Won! 15.11.2016 Crooks Liars
So a former reality TV star won the 2016 presidential election on Tuesday. While deeply disturbing, that victory by Donald Trump was somehow altogether fitting. After all, as research from Harvard revealed , throughout the 2016 election cycle "policy issues [were] nearly absent in presidential campaign 'coverage.'" Even during the four weeks surrounding the parties' nominating conventions , policy stories represented only 8 percent of media coverage surveyed (13 percent for Trump and only a paltry four percent for Hillary Clinton). Instead, scandals, gaffes, unexpected revelations, horse race coverage and other "medialities" represented over two-thirds of the reporting from the 10 media sources studied. Ultimately, the " policy free " 2016 election was a lot like the first season of CBS reality game show Survivor ; the surprise winner was Richard Hatch, an off-putting, conniving white guy few viewers liked and even fewer trusted. Now that Clinton has been voted off the island, the question remains: just ...
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Cancer drug pricing in Europe 15.11.2016 Healthcare Economist
How do Euroepan countries reimburse for pharmaceuticals? A paper by Pauwels et al. (2014) provides an nice summary. I review that article today. With the exception of Germany, most countries had a national and/or regional drug budget.  Germany is also unique in that only Germany and the UK allow for free pricing, whereas other countries […]
Health insurers say dialysis clinics are scamming them 14.11.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Some health insurers allege that for-profit dialysis companies are steering patients from government health plans to commercial insurance just because it helps their bottom lines.
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Trump voters: Here’s what you’ve won 14.11.2016 Daily Kos
So a former reality TV star won the 2016 presidential election on Tuesday. While deeply disturbing, that victory by Donald Trump was somehow altogether fitting. After all, as research from Harvard revealed , throughout the 2016 election cycle "policy issues [were] nearly absent in presidential campaign 'coverage.'"  Even during the four weeks surrounding the parties' nominating conventions , policy stories represented only 8 percent of the media coverage surveyed (13 percent for Trump and only a paltry 4 percent for Hillary Clinton). Instead, scandals, gaffes, unexpected revelations, horse race coverage and other "medialities" represented more than two-thirds of the reporting from the 10 media sources studied. Ultimately, the " policy-free " 2016 election was a lot like the first season of CBS reality game show Survivor : the surprise winner was Richard Hatch, an off-putting, conniving white guy few viewers liked—and even fewer trusted. Now that Clinton has been voted off the island, the question ...
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Economic Scene: After the Election, a Nation Tinged With Racial Hostility 8.11.2016 NY Times: Business
Regardless of the outcome, the intense illiberal passion that emerged in the liberal Obama era paints a troubling portrait of American society.
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What a Hillary Clinton Presidency Would Mean for Business 8.11.2016 Inc
With the election upon us, here is a closer look at the Democratic candidate's key economic priorities.
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What a Hillary Clinton Presidency Will Mean for Business 8.11.2016 Inc
With the election just hours away, here a closer look at the Democratic candidate's key economic priorities.
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How Could a New Administration Tackle Affordable Care Act Challenges? Look to Medicare 7.11.2016 Health Affairs Blog
We’re experiencing another round of bad headlines for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. A government report found that, on average, premiums will rise 25 percent and consumers will have fewer insurance company choices in 2017. Eighty-three insurers will stop offering plans through the marketplaces next year while only 16 insurers will enter; 21 percent of enrollees will only have one insurer to choose from. The ACA marketplaces aren’t the only health insurance markets to have faced turmoil. As we document in a recent report for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation , the Medicare Advantage (MA) markets were roiled with health plan exits in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Between 1998 and 2002, close to 50 percent of MA plans cancelled their contracts, causing between 300,000 and 1,000,000 Medicare beneficiaries annually to lose their private plans. Most were in rural areas. At the time, the exiting insurance companies explained that they just weren’t making enough money in the MA market for it to ...
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Why the Next President Won't Radically Change Obamacare Anytime Soon 4.11.2016 Inc
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have talked a lot about their plans for the health care law, but making them a reality is much easier said than done.
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Strict law pushes Polish women to have abortions abroad 3.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Prenzlau, Germany • While the streets of Warsaw have been engulfed by vehement protests over the government’s plan to further restrict abortion, individual Polish women are struggling daily to find ways of ending their unwanted pregnancies. Monika, 19, had recently split up with her boyfriend when she realized with horror that she was pregnant. With no partner, no money and years of education ahead, she felt an abortion was her only option. But abortion in Poland is illegal in most cases and eve...
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Platform check: Trump and Clinton on health care 2.11.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The candidates diverge sharply on Obamacare but both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump see opportunities to improve health care through the tax code.
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Platform Check: Trump And Clinton On Health Care 2.11.2016 NPR: Healthcare
The candidates diverge sharply on Obamacare but both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump see opportunities to improve health care through the tax code.
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State Interest In 1332 Waivers Gaining Steam 2.11.2016 Health Affairs Blog
As 2017 draws closer, state interest in Section 1332 Waivers (also called State Innovation Waivers) is heating up. This is not entirely unexpected given that January 1, 2017 is the first day that these waiver programs could take effect. It is heartening to see that states are looking to this opportunity to make the Affordable Care Act (ACA) work better in their states, especially in the face of what many ( including us ) see as unduly restrictive guidance issued by the administration. New 1332 Developments In just the past few weeks, there have been interesting new developments on the 1332 waiver front. Hawaii Hawaii’s 1332 waiver to align its Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act with the ACA has been deemed complete . The waiver will allow Hawaii to continue to administer its program that provides comprehensive coverage to nearly every full-time and many part-time employees in Hawaii. The completion notice from HHS means that Hawaii’s waiver will move to the analysis and approval process. California Covered ...
Tipton, Schwartz race intensifies as battle wages on 30.10.2016 Durango Herald
DENVER – In the Republican-leaning 3rd Congressional District – where the number of Democrats voting early is trailing Republicans by less than previous years – incumbent Republican Scott Tipton and Democratic challenger Gail Schwartz are in...
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McCollum and Ryan square off over the rising cost of tuition and insurance 26.10.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Fourth District incumbent Betty McCollum and challenger Greg Ryan were in studio for a debate. They talked about health care, policing and race, and the economy.
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'It's All Rainbows and Puppy Dogs': Bartiromo Zaps Zeke Emanuel on Obamacare, Weak Economic Growth 24.10.2016 NewsBusters
Friday morning, Fox Business's Maria Bartiromo had a tense one-on-one interview with Ezekiel Emanuel, one the two major architects of Obamacare (the other one is the infamous Jonathan "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage because of the stupidity of voters" ...
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Paul Ryan has three great ideas to improve Obamacare* 23.10.2016 Daily Kos
In less than three weeks, Americans will head to the polls to pick their next president. With the start of the open enrollment period for Obamacare, millions of them will also soon be selecting health care coverage for 2017. By most measures, the Affordable Care Act which made health insurance possible for some 25 million Americans has been an overwhelming success. More than  10 million people have purchased private insurance through the Obamacare marketplaces, with about three-quarters receiving subsidies to help cover the cost. States which chose to expand Medicaid have, as predicted , extended coverage to millions more of their residents, slashed their costs for uncompensated care for the uninsured, and improved the financial stability of their hospitals. At less than 9 percent, America's uninsured rate is at the lowest level on record. And the ACA hasn't just remained under budget even as the rate of health care cost growth has slowed. Obamacare, it turns out, has helped reduce income inequality ...
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Heading for a national healthcare wallet 23.10.2016 TechCrunch
 Later this year, Anthem, Cigna, Aetna and Humana will all argue their respective mergers don’t run afoul of antitrust laws. Aetna also announced it was pulling out of 538 of the 778 county health insurance exchanges in 2017 due to lack of profit potential. After a honeymoon period, corporate healthcare providers are measuring the Affordable Care Act’s impact. Read ...
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