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30 Issues: Big Health

Thursday, October 11, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The relationship between the federal government and the health care industry. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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That's My Issue: Fixing Insurance

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Two guys, the same illness, the same treatment - two very different results.

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What Ryan's Prescription on Healthcare Could Mean for New Yorkers

Monday, August 13, 2012

In choosing Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney is putting the fate of much of the American healthcare system at the top of this year's political agenda. In the New York metro area, where healthcare is a dominant industry and an expensive proposition for consumers and taxpayers, whichever policy prevails will be uniquely felt.

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Replacing Obamacare

Friday, July 13, 2012

James Capretta, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, discusses the National Affairs article he co-authored with Robert Moffit of the Heritage Foundation, called "How to Replace Obamacare."

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Health Care Evolution

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Robert H. Frank, The New York Times writer of “Economic View,” Cornell economics professor, and author of The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good, looks at how health insurance has evolved in the U.S. and what the Supreme Court's decision means for the future.

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Should States Opt Out of the Medicaid Expansion?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Avik Roy, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, explains why some states would opt out of the Medicaid expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act. Avik writes The Apothecary blog on health care policy for Forbes.

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What the Health Care Decision Means for the 2012 Elections

Thursday, June 28, 2012

This decision completely alters the narrative of Obama’s presidency. This legislative achievement was the policy priority where the president chose to invest his significant post-election political capital with a Democratic Congress. It wasn't Social Security. It wasn't the tax code. It wasn't immigration reform. It was health care.

And the Supreme Court has let him keep it.

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Your Insurance Is Costing More

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Nina Bernstein, health care reporter for The New York Times, discusses her reporting on how the largest health insurers in the country have been calculating the price of care based on Medicare rates - a calculation which pushes prices up.

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Inside National Health Reform

Thursday, September 15, 2011

There’s not a magic bullet, there’s not a single answer,… but I think the news in the years ahead on healthcare spending is going to be significantly better than people are expecting.

John E. McDonough, DPH, MPA, professor at Harvard School of Public Health and the first Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College, CUNY, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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A Glossary for the GOP's Medicare and Medicaid Overhaul

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Jonathan Weisman, reporter at The Wall Street Journal, explains Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan's plan, just unveiled this morning on Capitol Hill.

→ Read A Ryan Budget Plan Glossary and Add Your Comments at It's A Free Country

One Year Later: The Health Care Overhaul's Impact

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

One year ago today, President Obama signed the federal health care legislation into law. “Today we are affirming that essential truth, a truth every generation is called to rediscover for itself, that we are not a nation that scales back its aspirations,” Obama said at the bill signing.

But in the twelve months after its passage, "scale back" has been the name of the game in the rhetoric around the new law, whether in GOP-led efforts to the bill, in two pivotal court decisions, or in the president's own support for giving states more flexibility. But through it all, the health insurance overhaul remains intact and continues to incrementally roll out into the lives of Americans.

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GOP Mulls 'Obamacare' Alternative

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

These are fights worth getting into. If the Republican party has decided that universal health care isn't a goal we should have in this country, fine...Until now, they haven't made that argument. They've said, we'll repeal Obamacare and replace it with all the popular stuff, none of the unpopular bits. I think what we're seeing now is that it's impossible.

Ezra Klein, columnist at The Washington Post and Newsweek, talking about health care reform on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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