On the eve of the president’s State of the Union address and the World Economic Forum, Oxfam is predicting a widening wealth gap and pointing a finger at the millions of dollars spent on lobbying in the United States for allowing the super wealthy to enrich themselves. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama’s health care law. Continue reading
Making Sen$e Medicare Maven Phil Moeller helps readers navigate the different health care combinations now available to so many workers staying on the job past age 65. Continue reading
Health care in America will never improve if we don’t change the conversation about what’s wrong, argues Mercatus Center’s Robert Graboyes. Politicians on both sides of the aisle, he says, fight about coverage instead of opening up the channels of innovation that have allowed other sectors, like information technology, to make significant progress in the last 20 years. Continue reading
When the 114th Congress convenes on Tuesday, Republicans will control both the House and the Senate for the first time in nearly a decade. What will this mean for the national political agenda? Judy Woodruff gets two perspectives from Arkadi Gerney of the Center for American Progress and David Boaz of the Cato Institute. Continue reading
Despite a wealth of medical resources available, simple and accessible answers are often unavailable. To change this, two doctors are using big data to find and share information about illnesses and treatment effectiveness. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports on the unconventional approach and how their website is changing doctor and patient relationships. Continue reading
The health law’s ambitious lab for transforming how medicine is delivered and financed submitted its official report card to Congress on Tuesday, boasting of a few early results but mostly showing many works in progress.
WASHINGTON — New episodes in the nation’s long-running political drama over health care are coming via your news feed in 2015.
The fate of President Barack Obama’s health care law again hangs in the balance as the Supreme Court weighs another legal challenge to the program, now covering millions of people. And a Republican-led Congress prepares for more votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, ignoring threatened vetoes by the president. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015.
In negotiating the creation of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals took a big gamble, with the expectation that they would soon have millions of new Medicaid customers. In states that expanded Medicaid, the bet paid off. Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports on financial gains made by some hospitals as more patients are able to pay their bills, and the heavy price being paid by hospitals in states that opted against expansion. Continue reading