Politics and policy

Insight into federal and state health care legislation & CMS regulation

In 1971, college campuses were in turmoil over the war in Vietnam and social norms were undergoing seismic changes. Against this backdrop, Lewis F. Powell Jr., a corporate lawyer whom President Richard Nixon would soon nominate to the Supreme Court, sent a confidential memo to Eugene Sydnor Jr., chair…
Richard Mark Kirkner
Here’s a list, by no means exhaustive, of think tanks that have developed conservative and libertarian policies and principles in health care
Team Trump
Richard Mark Kirkner
ProPublica has identified key personnel in the Trump health policy apparatus.
Governing Health Care
Richard Mark Kirkner
Bereft of his own connections, President Trump recruited from conservative think tanks to fill health care positions in his administration. Many of them have Koch brother connections, and their agendas often run counter to Trump campaign rhetoric—and his impulses.
Medicare Expansion
Timothy Kelley
The check marks in this table show current health-reform bills cosponsored by 15 key senators.
Medicare Expansion
Timothy Kelley

“Medicare for All won’t work unless we get rid of fee-for-service medicine—period, end of sentence,” says Dean. “Otherwise you’re wasting your time.”

Cover Story
Timothy Kelley
Democrats are running on Medicare for All—or extending the seniors’ program to the merely middle-aged—or resurrecting a ‘public option’. Republicans say Medicare expansion would mean government intrusion and inefficiency. But politics aside, how would these Medicare expansions work?
Value-Based Tools
Michael D. Dalzell
Three quarters of the original ACOs that remain in the MSSP are still in Track 1. The Trump administration is tired of waiting for them to take on two-sided risk.