Health Policy

The Takeaway

Former Clinton Drug Czar on The Fight Between Science and Politics

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Gen. Barry McCaffrey weighs in on the behind the scenes jockeying over a scientific report on drug policy. He says science can easily get distorted when political agendas are at stake.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Obamacare on Schedule?

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Deadlines for the rollout of the Affordable Care Act are approaching. We check in on the progress with Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post and Wonkblog. Plus: a followup on our crowdsourcing projects around the cost of birth control pills and mammograms. How much will Obamacare change the cost of women's health?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Explainer: The Emergency Contraception Appeal

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Late last night, the Obama administration appealed a judge's ruling that lifted the age restriction on over-the-counter emergency contraception. This after the FDA had suggested earlier in the day that the age limit be lowered from 17 to 15. Confused? Sarah Kliff of The Washington Post explains the policy and politics of the rulings.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Panel Recommends Fewer Tests

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

A group of medical boards is recommending that doctors perform 45 common tests less often. Dr. John Santa, director of the health ratings center of Consumer Reports, joins us to discuss the implications for health care and costs.

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