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  • Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    By Trudy Lieberman | Harper's Magazine, Nov. 2016
    On a brilliantly sunny afternoon last October, twenty-eight New Yorkers—some clutching walkers, others in wheelchairs—crammed into a tiny space at the back of Manhattan’s East Side Cafe. While waiters set down blueberry coffee cake, grape jelly, coffee, and orange juice, Maxine Davis, a Medicare account representative from Empire BlueCross BlueShield, raced through the first several pages of the company’s sales booklet.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | The Huffington Post, Oct. 14, 2016
    In the run up to the Affordable Care Act, the pharmaceutical industry’s annual lobbying efforts steadily increased to a peak of $273 million in 2009. Along with private negotiations between then Pharmaceutical Industry President Billy Tauzin and the White House, the ACA was written without any consideration towards making prescription medications more affordable.

  • Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016
    By Johanna Ryan and Anne Scheetz | Fox Valley (Ill.) Labor News, Oct. 7, 2016
    In Illinois and around the nation, big business has labeled workers’ compensation a system in crisis. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has depicted it as a millstone around the necks of Illinois employers, who he claims are shelling out too much money to treat injuries that might not even be work-related.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2016
    With all the talk this week about double-digit percentage increases in premiums for plans offered in the ACA exchanges, there is risk that this report my be lost in the background, though, for most Americans, this report is of far greater importance.
  • Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    The point here is that, although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) did expand the percentage of people with some form of health insurance, it still leaves us worse off than other nations in the percent of individuals remaining uninsured, and it didn’t fix other problems such as impaired access to health care.
  • Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016
    In my work, volunteering as a health policy fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program, I follow the health policy literature, including that produced by Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. They devote much of their research to tweaking the highly flawed policies that have resulted in the most expensive health care system but one that is infamous for its mediocre performance for far too many.