Health Policy for Activists Category

Healthcare will be a lot less expensive for everyone—the government, consumers, providers.  —President Donald Trump (1) The above statement by Donald Trump could not be more uninformed, misguided, and blatantly false. Just one more example of his more than 3,000 documented lies as president. Unfortunately, however, much of conservative thought among policy leaders and economists […]

TrumpCare has begun, not through legislation but through executive action . . . In doing so, it has both the short-term goal (have the federal government do less to help vulnerable citizens) and a long-term goal (sabotage ObamaCare, so that Congress can more easily repeal the law.)

Whatever his mental health diagnoses, Trump is a danger to our democracy, and his presidency appears to be unsustainable given the corruption from the top down in the White House and Cabinet appointees. How can he survive the Mueller investigation, revelations about his own sexual misconduct, the $130,000 hush money, and the scandals surrounding his presidency that many now agree are far worse than Watergate?

Government assistance to help lower income people access medical care has been a national goal for more than 50 years under an ongoing societal contract. Supporters of these new regressive policies subscribe to the unfounded belief that people needing Medicaid are lazy or otherwise undeserving of needed medical care. But such an attitude is at once unfair, uncaring, and uninformed.

Bottom line on this merger frenzy—it’s all about giving health care organizations and facilities even more ability to grow their patient base and increase their profits. We have no reason to believe that health care costs will be reined in or that quality of care will improve.

The bottom line is: in the face of rapidly rising health care costs with no containment in sight, we will need Medicaid more than ever before. Without it, there will be no safety net for a large part of our population.

An under-appreciated time bomb of block grants to states for Medicaid and other safety net programs is a constant thread within budget plans going forward in Congress and the Trump administration. This is likely to happen soon and have big impacts on the 75 million Americans now covered by Medicaid, many of whom gained this […]

We have lost sight of the principal mission of our health care system—the best possible care of patients. Despite being so wasteful and overwhelming, current regulatory efforts don’t work, as documented by previous examples of poor care throughout the system.

The Democratic Party, as is the case with the Republican Party, has its own civil war going on as it looks to the upcoming election cycles in 2018 and 2020. Its division over how to proceed on health care shows how wide the divide is among Democrats. Democratic centrists, so involved in defending the Affordable […]

The just-released Trump fiscal-2018 budget proposal is devastating news for 77 million poor and lower-income Americans. As the third largest domestic program in federal spending (behind Social Security and Medicare), it has been on the chopping block of the Republican agenda for some time. Enacted in 1965, this joint federal-state program has been a crucial […]

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