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Remaking Health Care

This blog explores how health reform is changing the ways in which we pay for and deliver health care in the U.S. On any given week, that could mean a look at how Republican plans to repeal Obamacare could reshape the individual insurance market, how the safety net system is adapting to new financial pressures, or whether Trumpcare will affect the trend of doctors and hospitals merging into ever-larger entities. We also explore health care costs and whether Obamacare or its successor plans can live up the promise to rein them in. Throughout, we keep watch on how the goals of health reform intersect with the shaping power of markets and human behavior. Contributors include veteran health journalist Trudy Lieberman, David Lansky, executive director of the Pacific Business Group on Health, and independent health journalist Kellie SchmittRyan White, content editor of Center for Health Journalism Digital, serves as the blog's principal editor. 

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In the age of fake news and alternative facts, party politics and the pursuit of media attention too often trump meaningful discussion and informed debate.
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A former journalist and single mother of two fears that changes to the Affordable Care Act could eliminate the coverage her family depends on to manage their complex health needs.
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"We are now in another war of words over health care," writes Trudy Lieberman, "and the first casualty, as in any war, is always truth." For examples, look no further than the recent dialogue on Medicare.
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Speakers Joseph Antos of the American Enterprise Institute, MIT's Jonathan Gruber, and Politico health care reporter Jennifer Haberkorn help us sort through the massive changes on the health reform horizon.
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Like many middle-class Americans who do not qualify for ACA subsidies, Mike Pirner saw his health expenses rise under the law, causing him to forestall seeking care.
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For many with pre-existing conditions, the prospect of an ACA repeal evokes fear of a return to high-risk pools. This is one in a series of four perspectives on the impact of Obamacare.
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Amid talk of ACA repeal, the signs suggest that the new Congress and president will diminish the emphasis on value-based health care. Here's what reporters should keep in mind.
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Lack of affordability and choice make Obamacare a nonstarter for one family. This is one is a series of four perspectives on the impact of Obamacare.
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Coverage gained under the ACA allowed one writer to start transitioning. This is one in a series of four perspectives on the impact of Obamacare.
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The failures of the national conversation during the run-up to Obamacare's passage are now hastening its demise, with too few Americans seeing firsthand benefits.

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