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
The FDA is set to ease a 31-year ban on blood donations by gay men, put in place in the early days of the AIDS crisis. The policy revision will allow gay men to donate blood one year after their last sexual contact, which could free hundreds of thousands of pints a year. I. Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law School joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the change in donor requirements and how the FDA move came about. Continue reading
More than 2.5 million people have selected a health care plan through the federal health exchange so far in the new enrollment season. This year, signing up on HealthCare.gov has been easier, but how easy will it be to pay for coverage? Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News joins Judy Woodruff to discuss why some are seeing changes in premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Continue reading
A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that frequent hugging helps reduce individuals’ susceptibility to infections associated with stress, and reduces the severity of symptoms if an infection is contracted by providing increased social support. Continue reading