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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Shrinking Health Spending Gap

In an Axios column, Drew Altman analyzes the narrowing gap between growth in health spending and GDP and discusses why it matters. The big question, he says, is will the narrowing have staying power?

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Red-State Changes Could Strengthen ACA, Medicaid

In an Axios column, Drew Altman discusses how, ironically, efforts by red states to move their ACA marketplaces and their Medicaid programs in  more conservative directions could end up strengthening the ACA and Medicaid politically over the longer term.

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It’s Not Just the Uninsured — It’s Also the Cost of Health Care

The number of uninsured is down. Health spending has moderated. But health is on the public’s mind. Drew Altman helps explain why in this Axios column.

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Surprise Medical Bills Could be a Powerful Campaign Issue

In this Axios column, Drew Altman discusses why surprise medical bills could be a powerful campaign issue.

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Tax Cuts Could Make It Harder to Change Medicare, Medicaid

In this Axios column, Drew Altman discusses how cutting Medicare and Medicaid has always been a challenge, but if the public comes to view “entitlement reform” as a means to pay for tax cuts, the GOP will have an even stiffer challenge, including with their base.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Don’t Read Too Much Into Health Care’s High Poll Rankings

This Drew Altman column for Axios discusses how health care being ranked as a high priority, and as the number one issue in a recent national poll, doesn’t mean it will be a major factor in this November’s elections.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Trump Administration’s Hidden Attacks on the Affordable Care Act

In a Washington Post op-ed, “The Trump administration’s hidden attacks on the Affordable Care Act,” Larry Levitt discusses the latest proposed regulations by the Trump administration to expand association health plans: changes that could wound the ACA insurance marketplace, but are unlikely to make it collapse.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

One Big Thing People Don’t Know About Single Payer

In this Axios column, Drew Altman discusses a challenge for single payer which has not received much attention – a large share of the American people do not think they would have to change their current health insurance arrangements if there were a Medicare-for-all style single payer plan.

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How the Elections Could Put the Brakes on Anti-ACA Plans

In this Axios column, Drew Altman examines the role of health care in Virginia’s elections and the referendum on Medicaid expansion in Maine. His assessment: the elections and the referendum will have a bigger impact on upcoming policy debates about cutting Medicaid to pay for tax cuts, and state interest in Medicaid expansion, than on upcoming elections. 

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JAMA Forum: What Does it Mean to Protect People with Preexisting Conditions?

In this June 2018 post for The JAMA Forum, Larry Levitt examines the potential impact of the Trump Administration’s legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

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