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Today’s Scorecard on the HELP Committee Hearings

Carole R. Myers

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), working with Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington), scheduled four bipartisan hearings on stabilizing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual markets which are also known as exchanges. The first two of the hearings were held this week and two more are scheduled for next week.   Five Governors testified today before the Senate […]

September 7, 2017

A Refreshing Start on What Truly Made America Great

Carole R. Myers

  I just listened to the opening comments of Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) as they kicked-off the first of four hearing of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) committee hearings over the next two weeks on stabilizing the individual marketplaces.  It was refreshing and encouraging to hear an emphasis on […]

September 6, 2017

Compassion, Poetry, and DACA

Joy Jacobson

“There is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws,” attorney general Jeff Sessions said yesterday, in a surreal usurpation of the word compassion. In announcing the end of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, he made 800,000 young adults brought to this country illegally as children vulnerable for […]

September 6, 2017

Trump cuts budget to inform people of ACA open enrollment by 90%. Social media responds #SaveACA

Barbara Glickstein

Andy Slavitt, former President Obama’s former head of Medicare and Medicaid, used Twitter to respond to President Trump’s actions to cut 90% of the ObamaCare enrollment outreach program. The funding will be cut from $100 million last year to $10 million this year impacting the ad and in person assistance program. Slavitt’s first Tweet re […]

September 3, 2017

Charlottesville ER Nurse Kellen Squire on What Happened in the ER

Barbara Glickstein

Kellen Squire is an Emergency Room nurse in Charlottesville, VA. He’s running for a seat in the House of Delegates in Virginia’s 58th General Assembly District. On his campaign site he shares his position on HealthCare and opens with this statement: Health care is not just a political issue for me.  It’s something I live […]

August 14, 2017

NP Delivery of Primary Care for Homebound Elderly Threatened by Proposed Medicaid Cuts

Liz Seegert

As our population lives longer with more chronic conditions, an an estimated two to three million end up homebound, unable to leave their homes to receive primary care in a physician’s office.  It means they often go without care or end up in crisis in the emergency department, driving up costs and further affecting their […]

July 18, 2017

More Health Policy Comics

MK Czerwiec

Following on my earlier post about Health Policy Comics, I want to share more fantastic work. Cartoonists are responding strongly to the possibility of losing health coverage because, as Andrea Tsurmi points out in her recent comic, Trumpcare is Bad News for Freelancers, and most cartoonists are freelancers. Read the whole comic “Trumpcare is Bad […]

July 4, 2017

Nurses raise their voices: “Do No Harm”

Editorial Staff

    This post is written by George Washington University faculty member Joyce Pulcini, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, with contributions by Kari Deakins and Jennifer Kanelos, George Washington University School of Nursing students who attended the action. Dr. Joyce is a member of the National Advisory Council at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement.     On […]

June 28, 2017

Euphemisms: The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

Diana J. Mason

Language and framing are critically important to public debates about policy. The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is an example of framing that tries to obscure what is really going on. The BCRA is the Senate’s version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Let’s start […]

June 27, 2017