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Republicans have finally repealed a crucial piece of Obamacare

December 21, 2017
Sarah Kliff, Dylan Scott | Vox
With the passage of their tax overhaul, Republicans in Congress have repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, delivering their first major blow against the law and imperiling the insurance marketplaces where millions of Americans buy health coverage.
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Emergency rooms are monopolies. Patients pay the price.

December 4, 2017
Sarah Kliff | Vox News
New data shows how how emergency rooms take advantage of their market share, at the expense of their patients
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Meet Alex Azar, Trump's HHS nominee

November 14, 2017
Sarah Kliff | Sarah Kliff
Right now, there is an executive order from the president to allow plans with similar features to be sold across the country. Much of the work of implementing that policy would fall to someone like Azar at Health and Human Services, which deals with most insurance regulations. When I think of the future of HHS under Azar, I think about regulations like this one.
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Maine just became the 33rd state to expand Medicaid

November 8, 2017
Sarah Kliff | Vox
Maine is the first state to expand Medicaid during the Trump administration, and also the first to do so via a ballot initiative rather than legislation. This offers a possible playbook for health care advocates in other states looking to extend coverage but stymied by political opposition.
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How well-intentioned doctors helped create the opioid epidemic

November 7, 2017
Sarah Kliff | Vox
These doctors developed and spread new policies that urged all other doctors to treat pain way more seriously. Those well-intentioned policies did not go as planned. They helped create the nationwide opioid epidemic we’re dealing with today.

President Trump calls the country’s opioid crisis a public health emergency

October 27, 2017
Trump declares the opioid crisis a public health emergency.
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CHIP’s budget lapsed 23 days ago. Congress has done nothing.

October 24, 2017
Sarah Kliff | Vox
The Children's Health Insurance Program provides coverage to 9 million low- and middle-income children. It has now been 23 days since the federal government let the program's funding lapse — with no clear resolution in sight.

The on-again, off-again relationship between President Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell

October 20, 2017
The president and the Senate majority leader held a joint press conference this week.
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