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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

How Much Political Coverage of the Health-Care Law Is Too Much?

This was published as a Wall Street Journal Think Tank column on June 5, 2014. With primaries underway and the midterms approaching, coverage of the Affordable Care Act will increasingly focus on politics. Many political reporters may take temporary control of the health-care beat during the leadup to November. News organizations should…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

An Opportunity Amid the VA Problems

Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank,  discusses how the Department of Veterans Affairs health system scandal creates an opportunity for a fix, maybe with bipartisan support.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

What’s Driving the GOP Health Plan

This was published as a Wall Street Journal Think Tank column on May 30, 2014. Conservative House Republicans are pushing for a vote on a GOP health-care plan, presumably to appeal to their base, to give GOP candidates health reform ideas to talk about on the campaign trail and to show that…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Avoiding the Wrong Lessons From the VA and HealthCare.gov Problems

This was published as a Wall Street Journal Think Tank column on May 27, 2014. Problems with the launch of HealthCare.gov and with veterans hospitals allegedly concealing long waits for care feed a narrative that government doesn’t work. But many government programs, including Medicare and Social Security, work well. And there are…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

In Health Care, Sometimes It’s Provider Choice vs. Price

Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, examines the tradeoff between choice of doctors and hospitals and price when choosing a narrow network.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Next Big Health-Care Issue

Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal‘s Think Tank, writes that the next big concern for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be how much premiums increase in exchanges for 2015. He discusses the factors to focus on to put this issue in perspective when states report premium increases.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Twin Goals of Health Insurance

Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, examines a study finding Massachusetts’ health reform saved lives in the context of health insurance’s twin goal: better access to improve health and economic security.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Health-Cost Problem Is Coming Back

Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, discusses how the conversation will soon shift back to health-care costs from health coverage, because they are rising more sharply again. And as the discussion turns back, he says that because there is no national agreement on a strategy to address increasing costs, current efforts in the public and private sector, however fragmented and uncoordinated, will need to step up their game.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

What People Don’t Realize About the Affordable Care Act

Drew Altman, in The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, discusses what people don’t realize about the ACA: it is engineered for variation and it is up to Congress and the states to learn from that variation.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Affairs Blog: Development Assistance for Global Health: Is the Funding Revolution Over?

A Health Affairs blog post by Jen Kates examines the future of development assistance for global health.

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