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Is Medicaid expansion truly destroying America?

The Heritage Foundation--the conservative think tank that unwittingly brought us the Affordable Care Act--wants to let you know that Medicaid expansion under the healthcare reform law is destroying America.

Realignment of Texas cancer screening funds attacks both women and hospitals

Although the United States has seen a rise of women political figures such as Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch, it remains a remarkably difficult place for women in many walks of life. For every...

Once the King v. Burwell nonsense is finished, focus must shift to strengthening ACA

Once the U.S. Supreme rules against the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell this June, it will be high time for the supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to foreclose against further actions to kill...

What caused the CRE outbreak? The bottom line

It's been well over a century since Ignaz Semmelweis and Joseph Lister discovered that the vast majority of hospital-acquired infections were preventable. So why, after nearly unimaginable leaps...

Big pharma's pricing a significant factor in driving up current healthcare spending

There's currently a schism between healthcare prices and healthcare spending. Prices are budging only grudgingly. That's likely the confluence of the Great Recession, the Affordable Care Act...

GOP's replacement for ACA should deeply worry hospitals

Oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the King v. Burwell case are less than a month away. That means members of the media have amped up the hand-wringing over how the ruling will go,...

Meet the right-hand man for healthcare's ridiculous cost curve

"Look at this," my father-in-law implored. For the first time in more than a decade, he clenched and unclenched his right hand. "And this," he added. He raised and lowered his...

Will there actually be any takers on the HHS plan to speed up value-based payments?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' announcement yesterday that it plans to more aggressively sync provider payments with the quality of care they provide is a bold and overdue...

An interview with K.B. Forbes, advocate for the uninsured

A recent study in Health Affairs had some eyebrow-raising data. A nearly decade-old law on the books in California regulating how much hospitals can charge uninsured patients has helped to...

Healthcare finance through the class divide

If you want the ethos of the ivory tower's upper floors laid bare, Robert Pear's recent ironic New York Times article does the trick. A significant swath of the Harvard University faculty is...