Tag Archives: Politics

Barriers To Change: The View From Berlin

For the past two years, Health Affairs has published blog posts arising from the Center for Healthcare Management’s forums, held in Berlin. These events are unlike a typical conference—more conversation than presentation, and more participation by various actors in the health care sector than...

December 2, 2016

What Bipartisan Opportunities Will The Next Congress And President Have To Improve Health Policy?

We examine the current political divides and opportunities for action in health policy in the coming years.

October 11, 2016

The Politics of Medicare and Drug-Price Negotiation (Updated)

This post sets out some of the political and legal history of the ban in order to explain why, once the high-minded talk of election season concludes, repeal may be unrealistic, or even unwise.

September 19, 2016

Could Foundations Have Mounted A Better Defense Of The ACA?

Six years after the Affordable Care Act became law, foundation policy staffers talked about what could have been done differently to support its implementation. A key lesson: When complex issues like health reform are caught up in partisan battles, the need for advocacy support persists well...

September 14, 2016

Against North Carolina’s HB2 Law: Mental Health And Discrimination Cannot Co-Exist

This controversial new law affects transgender people. Stigma, whether perpetuated by family or ratified by a state legislature, encroaches on emotional well-being and the ability of people to live whole and happy lives.

August 4, 2016

What Is The Private Sector Doing To Help Fight Zika?

Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, is quoted in this post as saying that everyone—"leaders in both the public and private sectors"—must ensure that "we mount a robust and comprehensive response" to the Zika virus here in the United States.

June 23, 2016

The World’s Greatest Health Care Plan

New legislation, introduced by Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), proposes 12 bold ideas, half of which have never appeared in any previous bill or proposal.

June 16, 2016

How Things Get Done In Washington: Insights From 23 Former CMS Leaders

NASI conducted individual interviews with former administrators and acting administrators of CMS and its predecessor, the Health Care Financing Administration, as part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. The interviews provide unique insight into how Washington,...

April 20, 2016

Raising The Age Of Purchase For Tobacco Products: Lessons Learned from Tobacco21

Local governments are getting on board with a strategy to reduce youth smoking in the Greater Kansas City Area. The authors suggest including the business community in such efforts.

March 31, 2016

Today’s Medicare Is Built On 50 Years Of Robust Compromise. Now What?

Our system of government, with its divided powers, cannot function without “compromise” among competing interests and philosophies. But can we “compromise” without being “compromised”?

March 8, 2016