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Obamacare Premiums to Rise 7.5 Percent

Even the generally Obamacare-boosting Vox delivered its readers some bad news about the Affordable Care Act today.

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The Most Expensive Free Health Care in the World

New ACA rules will require nonprofit hospitals to offer more discounted care to lower-income Americans. This is marginal cost-shifting in a dysfunctional system.

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What “Affordable” Health Care Looks Like

California’s health care budget woes are a warning sign to Americans: Our health care cost problem is getting worse.

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Nobody Expects The Eldercare Crisis

Most Americans don’t realize how unprepared they are for end-of-life care. Their misplaced optimism will make the coming eldercare crisis worse.

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The Grey Lady Deflates the Medicaid Expansion

As the temporary Medicaid payment increases expire, access to care for many Medicaid patients will become even more restricted.

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Single-Payer: Dead In Vermont, Dead Everywhere

Single-payer is dead in Vermont, which means it is, for now, dead nationwide. In that context, health care reform is more important than ever.

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The Decline of the Indy Doctor, the Rise of Costs

As newly-minted MDs default to becoming hospital employees, U.S. health care will only get more expensive.

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Health Care to Suppress Wages Even More

A new Bank of America survey found that businesses plan to offset increasing health care costs by passing them onto their employees.

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The High Costs of Redundant Brand Name Drugs

Expensive brand name drug Lucentis isn’t any more effective than its generic counterpart Avastin, but yet doctors prescribe Lucentis at high rates to the tune of a billion dollars a year.

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Health-Policy Deficit Threatens Whole Economy

Despite the ACA, rising premiums and deductible costs are burdening Americans in a way that threatens the whole economy. Solving our health care problems has never been more urgent, but neither party has a great solution.

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The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

The Shale Rebound

Texas’s Permian Basin has been called “the crown jewel of the world’s oil and gas industry.”

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