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What Is Hillary Clinton’s Agenda? 20.6.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in the Summer 2016 issue. Subscribe here .  It is misleading, some observers have rightly pointed out, to treat the 2016 election as a contest between two candidates who are equally serious about policy. Donald Trump has been on both sides of many issues, contradicting himself from one day to the next. On occasion, he has given a speech written by advisers on a subject like energy where he seemed as surprised by the text as the audience was.  He has a core of symbolically important positions on such issues as immigration, but otherwise his views are murky. Much of what he says about foreign or domestic problems is all impulse and no thought, so when his impulse momentarily changes, his positions change too. For Hillary Clinton, however, substance actually does matter. Her seriousness defines her. We have not reached the stage of gender equality when a woman candidate for president could get away with being as subject to changing moods and personal pique as Trump is. While no one ...
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For Dems, a stepping stone to common ground on health care 20.6.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" plan seems even less likely now that he's all but out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, but there's a way that he and Hillary Clinton could still find common ground on government-sponsored health care....
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The World’s Greatest Health Care Plan 17.6.2016 Health Affairs Blog
Wherever we look around the world today, we almost always find that normal market processes have been systematically suppressed in health care. As a rule, no one ever sees a real price for any medical service. No patient. No doctor. No employer. No employee. Further, we have not replaced the price system with an alternative that would allow people to make rational health care choices. As a consequence, in virtually every health care system in the world, people face perverse incentives. When they act on those incentives, they do things that make costs higher, quality lower, and access to care more difficult than otherwise would have been the case. In the United States, federal policies are a key source of many of these problems. Coming to the rescue is a remarkable health plan, introduced by Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX), who, as Chairmen of the Rules Committee, is thought to be the second most powerful member of the House of Representatives, and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who is probably the most ...
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Blue Cross parent loses members in individual market 19.5.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
Enrollment in individual health care plans, now dominated by the Affordable Care Act exchanges, fell 15.4 percent in the first quarter for the parent of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. At the end of March, Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp. had 1.39 million individual members, ...
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Clinton Shifts Emphasis, But Not Position 18.5.2016 American Prospect
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a get out the vote event at La Gala in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Monday, May 16, 2016.  Last week, Hillary Clinton unveiled a single-payer health insurance plan that would allow people to buy into Medicare starting at age 50 or 55. To some political reporters, this embrace of a public option represents an ideological shift. “Mrs. Clinton is moving to the left on health care,” asserted The New York Times, attributing it to her unexpectedly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders. Clinton was “floating a new idea,” declared The Wall Street Journal. But this is not precisely correct. There’s nothing remotely new about Clinton’s support for a Medicare buy-in or a public option for health insurance. From the beginnings of her husband’s administration, health care has been a major priority for her, and she deserves major credit for the Affordable Care Act, which closely resembles the plan that was a centerpiece of her 2008 campaign. ...
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Clinton is still being pulled to the left by Sanders. But for how long? 11.5.2016 Washington Post
Clinton is still being pulled to the left by Sanders. But for how long?
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Twenty-First Century Medicaid: The Final Managed Care Rule 6.5.2016 Health Affairs Blog
With enrollment reaching 74 percent of all beneficiaries , it is clear that managed care has become the standard organizing mechanism for a Medicaid program whose welfare roots are behind it and that now functions as a principal source of public insurance. Given this broad national policy direction, a strong yet flexible regulatory framework for Medicaid managed care becomes a fundamental policy goal, particularly as state programs continue to evolve toward structures capable of managing care for the highest need populations. The modern contours of a 21st century regulatory framework finally came into full view on April 25 with the release of a 1,425-page final rule that will guide the delivery of health care for tens of millions of children and adults. All insurance regulation is important given the population health and welfare considerations at stake in modern health care financing structures. But nothing quite rivals Medicaid managed care in terms of the complexity involved in delivering and paying ...
Lessons From California’s Public Reporting On Pathways To Health Insurance Coverage 4.5.2016 Health Affairs Blog
The recent Medicaid expansion, brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has paved the way for more than 13 million Californians to enroll in the program; another 1.2 million residents have enrolled in qualified health plans (QHPs) through Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace. In connection with these health insurance expansions, California launched an ambitious effort to collect and report key data on the pathways to publicly subsidized health care coverage. The data include information on applications for coverage, eligibility determinations, enrollment, and renewals for Medicaid and QHP coverage. California was one of the first states to attempt to report this information publicly. The systematic understanding that the state is building about the flow of enrollment, the stability of coverage, and the diversity of enrollees lays the groundwork for fully understanding and anticipating the challenges of enrolling people in insurance and connecting them to care. Launching The ...
John Stossel is right: Health care is not a free market 2.5.2016 Daily Kos
Fox News’ resident libertarian John Stossel recently announced that he has lung cancer. The good news is that the former consumer affairs reporter turned free market crusader reportedly will make a full recovery. The bad news is that even from his hospital bed, Stossel continued to peddle both his dangerous misdiagnosis of what ails the American health care system and his even more destructive prescription for a cure. But like the proverbial broken clock that is right twice a day, John Stossel is right that the American health care system is not currently a free market. That said, his demand that it become one—complete with transparent pricing and customer reviews of doctors, hospitals, procedures, and drugs for consumers who foot the bill for their own care—is utterly wrong. Recent American history and decades of international experience show the tens of millions of people forgoing treatment, millions bankrupted, and thousands needlessly dying each year are the certain price of the invisible finger of ...
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Gilead profit tumbles on slower hepatitis C drug sales 29.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Gilead Science Inc.’s earnings tumbled more than 17 percent in the first quarter as steeper discounts and rebates on its blockbuster hepatitis C drugs cut into sales. The maker of Harvoni, the first once-daily, single-pill regimen for hepatitis C, said Thursday that sales of the best-selling drug fell 15 percent to $3 billion in the quarter, with the biggest drop-off in the U.S. and Japan. Gilead attributed the decline to discounts given to private insurers and higher rebates for pa...
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John Stossel Uses Lung Cancer Diagnosis To Rain Haterade On US Health Care System 21.4.2016 Crooks Liars
Fox News small government evangelist John Stossel has lung cancer. He revealed it in a post on the Fox News website earlier today, but not without taking a few paragraphs to slam the very fine health care workers in the very fine facility where he is recovering. My doctors tell me my growth was caught early and I'll be fine. Soon I will barely notice that a fifth of my lung is gone. I believe them. After all, I'm at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. U.S. News & World Report ranked it No. 1 in New York. I get excellent medical care here. Fox News has some stellar benefits, from what I hear. So glad to know you're getting the very best care possible, Mr. Stossel. But as a consumer reporter, I have to say, the hospital's customer service stinks. Doctors keep me waiting for hours, and no one bothers to call or email to say, "I'm running late." Few doctors give out their email address. Patients can't communicate using modern technology. I get X-rays, EKG tests, echocardiograms, blood tests. Are all needed? I ...
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Myanmar parliament approves government formation plan 21.3.2016 New Kerala: World News
Nay Pyi Taw, March 21 : The Myanmar parliament on Monday approved President-elect U Htin Kyaw's plan of forming a new government with reduced ministries.
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Myanmar president-elect submits government formation plan 17.3.2016 New Kerala: World News
Nay Pyi Taw, March 17 : Myanmar's president-elect U Htin Kyaw on Thursday submitted to the a proposal plan of forming the new government to the Union Parliament, as part of the process in preparation for taking office.
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Obama administration proposes new effort to combat high drug prices 9.3.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Facing skyrocketing drug prices, the Obama administration is proposing potentially major changes in how Medicare pays for some medications, including high-priced specialty drugs used to treat cancer and other costly diseases.

The proposed regulations, unveiled Tuesday, would initially affect a...

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Today’s Medicare Is Built On 50 Years Of Robust Compromise. Now What? 8.3.2016 Health Affairs Blog
If the Presidential race is any guide, many Americans do not like “politicians.” Weak-kneed and compromised by campaign contributions, “politicians” imperil our virtuous Republic. Or so we are told by ideologues on the Right and Left and by a distressing number of citizens whose interest in politics is but a quadrennial event. “Compromised.” A troubling word. Yet our system of government, with its divided powers, cannot function without “compromise” among competing interests and philosophies. Can we “compromise” without being “compromised”? Yes, and the resulting hybrid may even be superior to ideologically pure alternatives. Single Payer Is Not ‘Medicare For All’ Health care has been a political battleground for decades but especially in the last half-dozen years. Because the issues are complex and hit close to home, politicians, and assorted parties in interest, have little difficulty stoking voter fears. Obfuscation and distortion are all too common. Even without intentional obfuscation and ...
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'Beautiful' or basic? Donald Trump's healthcare plan includes little that's new 3.3.2016 LA Times: Nation

Donald Trump has at various times promised a healthcare plan that would be “beautiful,” “terrific” and “unbelievable.”

But the healthcare outline his campaign released Wednesday mostly highlights standard, if vague, Republican proposals, several of which conservatives themselves say will have little...

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The Larger Problems of the Sanders Single Payer Plan 29.2.2016 American Prospect
This is a contribution to  Prospect Debate: The Cost of Sanders's Single-Payer Health Plan .  Think about what a single-payer health plan means. The federal government pays for all health care for everyone. The pleasant thought is that all of your health expenses are being paid for. The unpleasant thought is that since all those expenses come out of the federal budget, your health care now depends on the decisions of Congress and the president. And an even more unpleasant thought—at least for progressives who may be inclined to support single-payer—is that people with progressive values will not always be in charge in Washington and therefore wouldn’t always be making those decisions. In “ The False Lure of the Sanders Single-Payer Plan,” I raised a series of objections to Sanders’s proposal. Responding from the Sanders camp, Gerald Friedman devotes all his attention to one aspect of my criticism: the cost estimates by Kenneth Thorpe that I cited. Joining in the debate, Thorpe has now shown again in ...
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: We'll miss you, Harry Reid. It's all about SCOTUS 25.2.2016 Daily Kos
Romney hits Rubio, Cruz, Trump on Fox over not releasing taxes. On Trump: "We have good reason to believe there's a bombshell..." — Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) February 24, 2016 x This is basically what Harry Reid did to Romney in 2012. Romney learned from the best. — Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) February 24, 2016  David S. Bernstein on the Gov. Sandoval trial balloon for SCOTUS: Anyway, here’s what I assume is happening. White House leaks Sandoval for SCOTUS. Media will rush to every Republican Senator who has said they won’t even consider a SCOTUS nominee this year, and ask if they would consider Sandoval.   If some of them say yes they would, then they expose themselves as blocking the nomination not out of principle regarding the lame-duck President, but because they will only consider a Republican nominee. That ramps up the political pressure, just as Obama announces his real nominee.   If (more likely), the Republican Senators are smart enough to see through this, they will ...
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Health insurance in China 25.2.2016 Healthcare Economist
Although China has the world’s largest economy, the average individual is actually fairly poor.  Average incomes in the country are less than $15,000 per year, ranking #121 in the world.  However, a vast majority of Chinese have health insurance due to some recent reforms. A paper by Zhang et al. (2016) uses data from the 2011-2012 China […]
Feds want proof for ACA exchange special enrollment windows 25.2.2016 AP Business
The federal government is tightening loopholes that let customers on the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges buy coverage outside the law's annual enrollment window....
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