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Obama envisioned a bridge across party lines. Instead he oversaw a deepening chasm 14.1.2017 LA Times: Nation

He first achieved national renown with a speech hailing bipartisanship, and spent much of his presidency singing the praises of cooperation across party lines.

But nearly all of his major accomplishments resulted from party-line votes or executive actions.

And if Republicans accused him of paying...

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To Get Dems On Board With ACA Replacement, Republicans Should Take Medicare Off The Table 10.1.2017 Health Affairs Blog
With the 115th Congress already underway and inauguration just over a week away, lines are being drawn for a fierce, partisan health care battle. It doesn’t have to be that way. With two relatively straightforward acknowledgements, Republicans could create a pathway for bipartisan reconsideration of health care coverage in America. Take Medicare Off the Table Republicans have expressed interest in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), restructuring Medicare to a premium support model, and reforming Medicaid through either block grants or per capita caps. Taking on all three programs is an extremely heavy lift — both politically and legislatively. If it is improbable to do all three, Republicans should openly acknowledge that they are taking Medicare restructuring off the table. This is not meant to belittle the importance of Medicare as a fiscal issue. The reality is that this election was in no way a mandate for major Medicare restructuring, and the President-elect came out rather ...
Obamacare is in Real Trouble 28.12.2016 The Moderate Voice

Obamacare is in Real Trouble by by jdledell After several years since it’s’ implementation, the flaws of Obamacare are readily apparent but the Republican Congress is likely to kill it rather than treat it so it can be brought back to health. Just about every Insurance company involved in Obamacare is losing money: A – [...]

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With Obamacare's repeal, California must lead the way on healthcare for all 22.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: It’s quite clear by now that Republicans want to push the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, over a cliff while promising to build an airplane on the way down. (“The risky GOP push to repeal Obamacare with no backup plan,” editorial, Dec. 20)

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Playing Defense: How Progressives Could Push Democrats to Block the Trump Agenda 8.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) listens to John Stumpf, the chief executive of Wells Fargo, testify before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2016. (Photo: Gabriella Demczuk / The New York Times) Having lost control of every branch of government, the short-term objective for Democrats must be to minimize the worst elements of the Trump agenda. But Democrats have used a perceived absence of power to water down their own legislative agenda to placate corporate donors in the past. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) listens to John Stumpf, the chief executive of Wells Fargo, testify before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2016. (Photo: Gabriella Demczuk / The New York Times) It is scary to think that a weakened, defeated Democratic Party, led in Congress by Wall Street's favorite Democrat, Chuck Schumer , will be one of the few things standing between the public and the Donald Trump agenda . But ...
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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 ...
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