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Remaking Health Care

This column explores how health reform is changing the ways in which we pay for and deliver health care in the U.S. It also highlights the ways in which our current system is falling short on measures of coverage, access and affordability. 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 how the trend of doctors and hospitals merging into ever-larger entities is driving up costs. We also explore health care costs and whether the Affordable Care Act or its successor plans can live up to 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 and independent health journalist Kellie Schmitt, with occasional contributions from independent journalists such as Susan Abram and Sara Stewart.

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One of the most common arguments against single-payer health systems is that they lead to the rationing of care. Such arguments overlook the rationing baked into the current U.S. system.
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Did the media learn anything from covering previous rounds of health reform during the Clinton and Obama eras? You wouldn't necessarily think so from reading recent coverage, argues Trudy Lieberman.
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You don't see many stories about people stuck in the "family glitch" or who have fallen in the "coverage gap." But millions remain left out of the ACA's thwarted dream of universal coverage — and their stories matter.
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More and more older workers are being shoved out of stable jobs as they near retirement. Their pain can be quickly compounded by catastrophic health costs.
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An estimated 755,000 people would lose benefits over the next three years if the rule change proposed by the USDA goes into effect.
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"I’ve always believed that the continuing fight over the law was a tactic used by conservatives to push the country’s thinking about health insurance much further to the right."
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A regional outlet and a national broadcast tell the stories of those kicked off Medicaid in Arkansas due to new work rules with two incisive reports, published the same day.
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In LA's Boyle Heights neighborhood, a safety net clinic says patients have come to distrust health care in the wake of President Trump's aggressive moves on illegal immigration.
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As the country faces a deluge of older patients, emergency departments nationwide are seeking ways to improve senior care.
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The election breakthroughs in states such as Nebraska, Utah and Idaho suggest the national conversation on universal coverage is changing.

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