POLITICS 09/08/2018 08:00 am ET But that doesn't mean the United States would get the same results. By Jonathan Cohn TAIPEI, Taiwan ― Yun Yen is one of Taiwan’s leading oncologists and, until last year, was president of its most prestigious private medical school. But Yen knows plenty about American health care, too. He trained at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, did a fellowship at Yale and then spent more than 20 years on the staff at City of Hope, the internationally recognized cancer hospital in Southern California. While in the United States, Yen developed a deep respect for its history of medical innovation and how it benefits the rest of the world. One of his goals in coming back to Taiwan was to help build a research infrastructure that could produce similar breakthroughs. “Most of the new cancer drugs come from the states,” he said as we talked in his office this summer. “The beauty of the U.S. is its high, … [Read more...] about If You Don’t Believe Single Payer Can Work, See How They Do It In Taiwan
Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Many lawmakers made their names in health care, seeking to usher through historic changes to a broken system. John McCain was not one of them. And yet, the six-term senator from Arizona and decorated military veteran leaves behind his own health care legacy, seemingly driven less by his interest in health care policy than by his disdain for bullies trampling the “little guy.” He was not always successful. While McCain was instrumental in the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, most of the health initiatives he undertook failed after running afoul of traditional Republican priorities. His prescriptions often involved more government regulation and increased taxes. In 2008, as the Republican nominee for president, he ran on a health care platform that dumbfounded many in his party, who worried that it would raise taxes on top of … [Read more...] about McCain hated Obamacare. He also saved it.
POLITICS 07/10/2018 09:14 pm ET It will probably mean less help for the very people who need Affordable Care Act coverage the most. By Jeffrey Young and Jonathan Cohn The Trump administration’s campaign to undermine the Affordable Care Act notched another achievement Tuesday. This time, the agency that runs the health insurance exchanges is slashing funds for organizations that help people to shop for coverage, forcing the groups to make do with about one-fourth of the federal funding they got for this year’s open enrollment. The organizations will almost certainly respond by downsizing and scaling back services, so that they end up providing less help, reaching fewer people, or both. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the cut late Tuesday. The cut will affect navigators, the nonprofit organizations that the federal government pays to help with enrollment in the states that use HealthCare.gov as their online … [Read more...] about Trump Hits Obamacare Again, Nearly Wiping Out Funds For Outreach
POLITICS 07/10/2018 04:55 pm ET The Maine Republican, a key undecided vote, also noted that some conservatives weren't happy with Trump's high court nominee. By Igor Bobic WASHINGTON ― Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), whose vote could be critical for confirming President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, said the judge is “clearly” qualified for the position. “When you look at the credentials that Judge Kavanaugh brings to the job, it’ll be very difficult for anyone to argue that he’s not qualified for the job. He clearly is qualified for the job,” Collins told reporters on Tuesday when asked whether she faced an easier decision with Kavanaugh than Judge Amy Comey Barrett, who was on the president’s short list and is seen as more hostile to reproductive rights. The moderate GOP senator added, however, that she would take into consideration “other issues involving judicial … [Read more...] about Susan Collins Says Brett Kavanaugh Is ‘Clearly’ Qualified For Supreme Court
POLITICS 07/07/2018 05:41 pm ET The government is suspending some key payments to insurers, though it's unclear for how long. By Jonathan Cohn Another piece of the Affordable Care Act’s machinery is grinding to a halt, at least for the moment, in what could be another effort to undermine the law by the Trump administration. The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Saturday that it is temporarily suspending a series of payments to insurers that flow through the ACA’s “risk adjustment” system. HHS presented the decision as a necessary response to a recent ruling by a federal district court. The Wall Street Journal had reported Friday evening that such an announcement was imminent and HHS, in its official statement, said it hoped to resolve the matter soon ― first and foremost, by asking the judge to reconsider his decision. “We were disappointed by the court’s recent ruling,” Seema Verma, Center … [Read more...] about Trump Administration May Be Preparing A New Obamacare Sabotage Effort