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Chart of the Day: The Cost of an ER Visit Is Skyrocketing

Over at Vox, Sarah Kliff is collecting data and personal stories about ER visits. Today’s installment is about “facility fees,” the charge added to your bill just for walking through the door: Around 1 am on August 20, Ismael Saifan woke up with a terrible pain in his lower back, likely the result of moving […]

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Tax Bill Or Health Bill?

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo discuss the inclusion of health policies into the current tax cut debate, including a possible repeal of the fines for people who fail to maintain health insurance.

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ We Have Numbers!

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo discuss the first days of open enrollment for 2018 individual health insurance plans and whether the Democratic gains in Tuesday’s off-off-year elections will have any impact on health care policy in Washington, D.C.

Trump Doesn't Care About Your Health Insurance

Sarah Kliff, Vox: [President] Trump is enacting a policy where the government spends billions more to insure fewer people.... On health care, there are going to be immediate and very real consequences for Americans. There are real people...Show More Summary

The Most Radical GOP Health Care Plan Yet

Sarah Kliff: “I have spent the bulk of 2017 writing about the different Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Graham-Cassidy, in my view, is the most radical of them all.” “While other Republican plans essentially create a poorly [...]

We Are Rethinking Our Rethinking About Pain

Last week, in an interview with author and surgeon Atul Gawande, Sarah Kliff asked about the opioid epidemic: “We started it,” Gawande told me flatly. He argued that health providers are at the root of the country’s staggering opioid epidemic. He didn’t blame the pharmaceutical companies — although there is good evidence that they played […]

The trap the Supreme Court set for Democrats’ best health care ideas

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Vox’s Sarah Kliff and Jeff Stein report, has a smart new plan to improve America’s health care system: allowing ordinary health insurance consumers to buy into Medicaid. The proposal combines many of the beneficial aspects of former President Barack Obama’s original proposal for a public health plan — a government backstop […]

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: New Centene CEO is another example Obamacare’s architects getting rich off O…

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: New Centene CEO is another example Obamacare’s architects getting rich off Obamacare. Sarah Kliff’s take is a ludicrously generous assessment. The reporter is referring to the recent decision by former healthcare.gov CEO, Kevin Counihan, to join a health insurance company, Centene. Show More Summary

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ No Vacation For Insurers

4 months agoHealth : The Checkup

Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times discuss the state of the individual health insurance markets in the wa...

Senate About to Vote on Mystery TrumpCare Bill

Sarah Kliff, Vox: Republican senators are set to vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act Tuesday. They just don't know what's in it. It's hard to capture what an absurd and somewhat unbelievable situation this is. Health care is a massive part of the economy. Show More Summary

6 Nobel-Winning Economists Oppose TrumpCare

Sarah Kliff, Vox: Forty economists, including six Nobel laureates, sent a letter Monday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) outlining their opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Show More Summary

Poor People Would Pay More for Less

Sarah Kliff: “The CBO report is a dense 49-page document that you can read here. But you can find its clearest explanation of the Senate bill on page 48. This is where the CBO report explains how premiums would change [...]

ACA Repeal "Strong Opposition" Letter

We have sent our letter, and Sarah Kliff is on it! Sarah Kliff: 6 Nobel Prize–winning economists announce opposition to Senate health bill: "Forty economists, including six Nobel laureates, sent a letter Monday to Senate Majority Leader...Show More Summary

GOP Senate Drafting TrumpCare in 'Extreme Secrecy'

Sarah Kliff, Vox: This has become more evident each day, as the Senate plots out a secretive path toward Obamacare repeal -- and top White House officials (including the president) consistently lie about what the House bill actually does. Show More Summary

I’ve Covered Obamacare Since Day One. I’ve Never Seen Lying and Obstruction Like This.

Sarah Kliff: I’ve covered Obamacare since day one. I’ve never seen lying and obstruction like this, Vox.com: Republicans do not want the country to know what is in their health care bill. This has become more evident each day, as...

GOP Secrecy Around Health Care Is Unprecedented

Sarah Kliff: “Republicans do not want the country to know what is in their health care bill.” “This has become more evident each day, as the Senate plots out a secretive path toward Obamacare repeal — and top White House [...]

What Will It Take For You To Get Angry Again About The Trumpcare Threat?

I don't have a clever take on the health care situation. I just want to point out that it's time for all hands on deck. Vox's Sarah Kliff writes: The Affordable Care Act is in deep trouble — in Washington and large swaths of the country. Senate Republicans began to coalesce around the framework of a plan to repeal and replace the law last week. Show More Summary

“Moderate” Republicans OK With Killing Medicaid Expansion After All

Sarah Kliff: The possibility that Republicans will repeal Obamacare or drive it into collapse is an increasingly real one. That’s a reality where millions fewer have health insurance coverage and lower-income Americans struggle to afford coverage. ….Behind closed doors, Senate Republicans have worked out a path toward Obamacare repeal. The plans under discussion would end […]

Obamacare Is In Real Danger

Sarah Kliff: “Senate Republicans began to coalesce around the framework of a plan to repeal and replace the law last week. Their plan would, like the bill the House passed in May, almost certainly cause millions of low-income Americans to [...]

Procrastinating on June 7, 2017

Over at [Equitable Growth](http://EquitableGrowth.org): Must- and Should-Reads: On the Negative Information Revealed by Marvin Goodfriend’s “I Don’t Teach IS-LM” Sarah Kliff: _Nevada's legislature just passed a radical plan to let anybody sign up for Medicaid_: "Nevada’s bill... Show More Summary

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