Early Views

  • The Community Health Center Fund: What’s At Risk?

    Sara Rosenbaum

    Tucked into the Affordable Care Act was a special 5-year funding authorization to expand the reach of the community health centers program. This special funding authority expired in 2015. As part of the funding extension for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that year, Congress also extended the Community Health Center Fund for an additional 2 years, through September 30, 2017. Once again, the Community Health Center Fund is traveling with CHIP, and as with CHIP, without action on Congress’s part, the future of an immensely popular program that enjoys bipartisan support is at risk. Read more

  • Questions for New Single-Payer Advocates

    John E. McDonough

    Seeing, hearing, reading, and feeling the new grassroots ferment among progressive Americans for a single-payer health care system, John McDonough’s gut reaction is: He gets it. As newly documented in Elizabeth Rosenthal’s book, An American Sickness, and the Commonwealth Fund’s report, Mirror, Mirror 2017, the US health care system provides shockingly poor value and outcomes, and rests on a foundation of greed. It deserves fundamental change. Read more