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Aug 06, 2019

Kaiser Health News’ senior Washington correspondent, Julie Rovner, appears on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” to explain the differences between key health programs being touted by Democratic presidential candidates: “Medicare for All” and an optional government health plan, often called a public option. You can see the program here.

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Aug 02, 2019
The Friday Breeze

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend.

Happy Friday! August has arrived, which means lawmakers have officially blown this pop stand of a humid swamp and headed back home. A quick programming note: I’ll be following their lead, which means the Breeze will be on a brief hiatus for Aug. 9...

Aug 01, 2019

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Twenty Democratic candidates for president debated health care at length over two nights in Detroit this week. But countless 30-second charges and countercharges from “Medicare for All” backers and those who want a more gradual approach to universal coverage may have left the audience more confused than ever...

Jul 31, 2019

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Which of these Democrats can insure more Americans?

As Wednesday’s debate made vividly clear, there are almost as many versions of “Medicare for All” as there are Democratic candidates — and each one thinks their plan is the path to insuring every American.

For California Sen. Kamala Harris...

Jul 30, 2019

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Here we go again.

It’s been a month since Democratic presidential hopefuls last took to the debate stage, but Tuesday night in Detroit  10 candidates again faced off for the first of this two-night event.

Health policy issues were a hot topic.

The match up between Sens. Elizabeth Warren...

Jul 30, 2019

Joe Biden invoked a risky — and familiar — phrase to sell his health care plan. At an AARP event in Iowa, Biden told voters he would create a government insurance plan to compete with private ones called a public option. It would give consumers, Biden said, another choice.

“If you like your employer-based plan, you can keep it,” Biden said July 15. “If you have private insurance, you can keep it.”

It was a time warp moment that whipped us back to 2013.

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Jul 30, 2019

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Most Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents would prefer to expand the Affordable Care Act rather than replace it with a “Medicare for All” plan, according to a new tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The poll, released Tuesday, also examines opinions on a generic government-run “public option” health plan that would be available to all Americans and compete...

Jul 29, 2019

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Health officials and AIDS advocates in San Francisco hope to expand the use of an effective HIV prevention drug with a new approach that requires fewer pills than the standard once-a-day regimen.

San Francisco’s public health department and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation have long promoted what is known as preexposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for those at high risk of contracting...

Jul 26, 2019
The Friday Breeze

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend.

Happy Friday! As you mull what you’re going to binge-watch this weekend, take note that the old parental warning that “TV is going to rot your brain” may hold some weight — yes, even in this golden age of television.

Now on to what you might...

Jul 25, 2019

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The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Finance Committee this week unveiled a sweeping proposal that seeks to lower prescription drug prices for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The bill promptly drew opposition from the powerful pharmaceutical industry. But both parties seem set on trying to...

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