Online Exclusives

Commentaries and blogs on health policy.

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    Medicine: A Profession In Distress

    November 2017 | Catherine D. DeAngelis

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    Hardy Perennials and Hothouse Flowers: What Can We Learn from “Repeal and Replace”?

    August 2017 | Sara Rosenbaum

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    Compelling Interests and Alternative Facts: The Trump Administration and the ACA Contraceptive Coverage Guarantee

    July 2017 | Sara Rosenbaum

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    How Adequate Must a “Free and Appropriate” Public Education Be for Children with Disabilities? Endrew F. v Douglas County School District

    April 2017 | Sara Rosenbaum

    In March, the US Supreme Court decided Endrew F. v Douglas County School District, which clarifies the rights of children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Endrew was closely watched in the education and health policy community. The case, which challenges the adequacy of the special education services provided to a child with severe autism, overturned the legal standard applied by the lower court in reviewing the adequacy of the school system’s services. Read more

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    Revisiting Burke: The AHCA and Freedom From Sickness

    March 2017 | Sandro Galea

    Ever since the 2010 signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), conservatives have objected to the law on the grounds that it infringes on the freedom of Americans. Much of this criticism has centered on the ACA’s individual mandate, a requirement which, with some exceptions, imposes a fee on those who do not purchase health insurance. The Republicans’ replacement plan, unveiled last week, would eliminate the individual mandate, and has been touted as a means of returning freedom to consumers. Read more

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    Repealing the Affordable Care Act Through Executive Action: The Case of Essential Health Benefits

    January 2017 | Sara Rosenbaum

    As Congress ramps up its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Trump administration is expected to launch a separate drive to downsize the law through executive action. As with all complex statutes, the ACA vests considerable powers in the executive branch to interpret, implement, and enforce its provisions. Read more

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    Citizen Scientists and the Lessons of Flint

    October 2016 | Gerald Markowitz, David Rosner

    The story of Flint is a classic case of the dual legacies of public health, one rooted in advocacy and aligned with community residents and activists, and the other protecting the interests of state bureaucracies using their own image as scientists. Read more

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    The Affordable Care Act and the Courts—Again

    May 2016 | Sara Rosenbaum

    On May 12, federal judge Rosemary Collyer handed the House of Representatives a victory in House of Representatives v Burwell. Judge Collyer ruled that the Administration cannot make the cost-sharing payments it owes to marketplace health plans because Congress has never appropriated the funds necessary to make such payments. To understand why this decision is so consequential, one needs to understand the operation of the ACA. Read more

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    Presidential Politics and Health Policy

    March 2016 | Gail R. Wilensky

    Although the country remains in the run-up period to the political conventions, it is already clear that health care is going to play a very different and smaller role in the primaries and in the presidential election than it has in previous years. Where do the candidates and their parties stand right now on health care? Read more

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    The Future of Medicaid in Kentucky

    November 2015 | Sara Rosenbaum

    In a geographic region whose residents experience the nation’s highest poverty rates and the greatest health risks, Kentucky has been a leader in the expansion of the Affordable Care Act. But Medicaid’s extraordinary feat in transforming health coverage in Kentucky may not last. Newly elected Governor Matt Bevin promised to repeal the Medicaid expansion as unaffordable. A closely watched dance between Kentucky and the Obama administration will begin in early 2016. Read more