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Paul Waldman: Republicans suddenly realize burning down the health-care system might not be a great idea 23.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not going well, in large part because it turns out that making sweeping changes to a system that encompasses one-sixth of the American economy turns out to be rather more complicated than they imagined. Their backtracking has an interesting character to it, in particular how they’ve been gobsmacked by the transition from shaking their fists at the system to being responsible for it. Up until November, they had been pursuing a strategy th... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Obamacare 101: Are health insurance marketplaces in a death spiral? 23.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary
It's been a rocky few months for the health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. Even if you're not one of the roughly 11 million Americans who rely on these online exchanges to get your health insurance, you've probably seen the headlines about rising premiums and insurance...
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Portable Benefits for an Insecure Workforce 23.2.2017 American Prospect
• paid vacation leave • paid family leave In terms of exactly how portable benefits are implemented, we should stress that this is a moment for a big “what” and a small “how.” We believe the system will provide the best outcomes if executed in certain ways, but it’s more important that cities and states quickly begin to experiment with how to implement portable benefits for their workforces. That said, we propose that cities and states craft legislation that sets out the structure of the system, including a mandate for companies to pay into workers’ benefit accounts at prescribed rates. A state or municipal mandate, or industry-wide agreement, is more or less required to make this system work; anything less leaves loopholes for less scrupulous companies to exploit. We intentionally are not suggesting an initial push for national legislation, because, as the Fight for 15 and the path to legalized same-sex marriage have demonstrated, the real work of moving America forward in the 21st century has begun at ...
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What's Next For The Affordable Care Act? Your Questions Answered 23.2.2017 NPR: Morning Edition
A lot of people are confused about when and if Republicans can "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News' Julie Rovner clears things up in the first of a series.
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A health-care change that could prove catastrophic 23.2.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
We wouldn’t want pilots to work for 28 hours straight. Same goes for doctors.
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Fitbit fell short in 2016, now looks to smartwatch, health care 23.2.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
After failing to meet its financial goals for 2016, Fitbit is shifting its strategy to focus more on health care services and developing a smartwatch, marking a departure for the San Francisco company, which got its start making basic fitness trackers that counted steps. [...] growth slowed throughout the year, indicating that Fitbit is hitting market saturation. [...] the company expects revenue in 2017 to dip 20 percent to an estimated $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion, significantly less than the $2.4 billion analysts previously projected. In a call to discuss fourth-quarter earnings with investors Wednesday, Fitbit CEO James Park acknowledged that the company fell short of its goals for 2016. Fitbit devices must move beyond simply tracking users’ movements and biometrics and demonstrate more customized value, Park said, citing Fitbit’s updated personal training app, Fitstar, as an example. “We will provide more advanced personalized insight we believe will keep consumers motivated,” Park said.
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Ethics and trust paramount in physician, patient relationship 23.2.2017 Seattle Times: Opinion

The challenges in health care are constant and intense, but professional integrity and patient welfare must be held paramount.
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Republicans suddenly realize burning down the health-care system might not be a great idea 23.2.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Republicans suddenly realize burning down the health-care system might not be a great idea
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The Problem For Obamacare Repeal Is That Americans Mostly Like What The Law Does 22.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Americans are not fond of this thing called the Affordable Care Act, but as the polls keep showing, they like a lot of what it does. Therein lies the dilemma for those pushing its repeal. Faced with the overall question, 51 percent of Americans said they want to partially or completely repeal the health care law, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday.  Respondents were also asked about nine different elements of Obamacare, from coverage of pre-existing conditions to expansion of Medicaid. The majority wanted to keep every aspect except “requiring nearly all Americans to have health insurance or else pay a fine.” Fifty-seven percent said that element should be repealed. Even among those who voted for President Donald Trump, there is widespread support for many of the health care law’s individual provisions. Eighty-one percent of Trump voters said Obamacare should be partially or completely repealed. But the majority said they would keep all the specific elements highlighted ...
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Judge Rules Texas Can't Cut Off Medicaid Funds To Planned Parenthood — For Now 22.2.2017 NPR News
After Texas officials moved to block the health provider from receiving Medicaid dollars, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the state, allowing the group to stay in the program.
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Health care's future: Turning patients into savers, shoppers 22.2.2017 AP Business
The U.S. government may soon lean on someone new to help lower health care costs: you....
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Health care’s future: Turning patients into savers, shoppers 22.2.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

The U.S. government may soon lean on someone new to help lower health care costs: you. The idea is that when your money is on the line — and not the insurance company’s — you’ll look for the best value and do your part to curb national health care spending. The Affordable Care Act’s fate […]
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The Republican Bid to Kill the ACA Is a Trojan Horse 22.2.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Julie Chinitz

In his last five years, my grandfather used Medicaid to cover his nursing-home care. He spent those years in a wheelchair and needed professional help for his most basic needs. Thanks to Medicaid, he got that help.

Now House Speaker Paul Ryan and his fellow Republicans want to gut the program, as Ryan revealed in a set of talking points that received shockingly little press coverage.

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Threat Of Obamacare Repeal Leaves Community Health Centers In Limbo 22.2.2017 NPR: Healthcare
These clinics have long provided health care to low-income patients, and enjoyed expansion under the Affordable Care Act. With repeal looming, the centers' doctors worry about what's next.
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Health law created winners and losers when buying insurance 22.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through “Obamacare” offers protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health insurance. But he gets no financial break from the Affordable Care […]
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Nobel laureate, one of the most influential economists of his generation, dies at 95 22.2.2017 Washington Post
He made seminal contributions to fields as varied as social science, election theory and health economics, and came from a prodigious family of economists that includes nephew Lawrence H. Summers.
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Rise in premiums lays bare 2 Americas on health care 22.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage “Obamacare” offers provides protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health insurance. But he gets no financial break from the Affordable […]
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Single-Payer Reform is ‘the Only Way to Fulfill the President’s Pledge’ on Health Care: Annals of Internal Medicine Commentary 21.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

Proposals floated by Republican leaders won’t achieve President Trump’s campaign promises of more coverage, better benefits, and lower costs, but a single-payer reform would, according to a commentary published today [Tuesday, Feb. 21] in Annals of Internal Medicine, one of the nation’s most prestigious and widely cited medical journals.

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In Kuwait, 'too many foreigners' a frequent refrain 21.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Kuwait City • Kuwait’s first new government hospital in more than three decades will soon open its doors — but only to Kuwaiti citizens. It’s the latest in a series of steps targeting foreigners, including laborers who build high-rise towers, sweep the roads and clean toilets in this tiny oil-rich emirate: a group that far outnumbers the native population. The 304 million dinar ($997 million) Jaber Hospital, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Kuwait City, is expected to open in the coming mon...
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Eugene Robinson: Obamacare has staying power 21.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
WASHINGTON • What’s the holdup, House Republicans? During the Obama administration, you passed literally dozens of bills to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act — knowing that none had any chance of being signed into law. Now that President Trump is in the White House, why can’t you seem to pull the trigger? That’s a rhetorical question, of course. Republicans see that they have two choices: They can snatch health insurance away from millions of people, or they can replace Obamacare wit...
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