Monthly Archives: June 2015

The U.S. Chamber of Cancer

I recall sitting in my office in the U.S. Senate’s Hart Office Building in DC between 2008 and 2010 with my desk TV always turned onto one of the cable news channels when the Senate was not in session.  Incessantly, … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court’s Surprise that Wasn’t

Those watching the U.S. Supreme Court process on the King v. Burwell suit that almost upended insurance subsidies for about 6.4 million Americans knew that three outcomes were possible – 5-4 for the plaintiffs, and 5-4 or 6-3 for the … Continue reading

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CBO Says ACA Repeal Will Increase Uninsured and Federal Deficits (by a lot)

My favored definition of “health policy wonk” is someone who reads health reports from the Congressional Budget Office AND enjoys it.  Guilty as charged.  Last Friday’s new report, “Budgetary and Economic Effects of Repealing the Affordable Care Act,” was enlightening … Continue reading

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Of Secrets and Share Responsibility

One proposal to change the Affordable Care Act would repeal the law’s 2.3 percent tax on sales of medical devices.  On June 2, the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives voted, once again, to rescind the tax and … Continue reading

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President Obama on the ACA at the Catholic Health Association

Today, President Obama spoke to the Catholic Health Association, the nation’s organization of Catholic Hospitals, about the progress and success of the Affordable Care Act.  It’s just under 29 minutes and, in my humble opinion, it’s really worth your time … Continue reading

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Republicans’ New Bridge to Nowhere

It’s been nearly 5 and 1/4 years (63 months for those counting) since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.  Since then, Republican Congressional leaders have continually declared their intentions to advance their own plan to repeal the … Continue reading

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Is the “Triple Aim” a Part of the Problem?

If you care about transforming the delivery of medical care in the U.S., then you should should read a blog post from last week by Paul Levy, former CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston and conductor of “Not … Continue reading

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