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I woke up this morning expecting to find the White House website celebrating Healthcare.gov’s first birthday. When I saw no mention, I checked Rep Nancy Pelosi’s website and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s—again, no mentions. Where is the fanfare? Where are the photo ops?

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Women, get real: Here’s the new feminists’ manifesto

This week marks the launch of Lean Together, a 221-page book that presents an economic agenda for women’s advancement. Hadley Heath Manning, IWF’s director of health policy, said: “The government is telling women that they are not capable of making a wide range of decisions." Stand up, be heard and do things for yourself is the message.

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Sorry NYT, the Medicare Cost Problem Remains Unsolved

On August 28 the New York Times published a provocative article entitled “Medicare: Not Such a Budget Buster Anymore.” Its thesis was that Medicare no longer poses the budgetary threat it was projected to just a few years ago. However, the financial problems caused by rising Medicare spending are far from solved. 

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A close reading of the Medicare Trustees' report indicates that we shouldn't expect too much moderation in health care spending.

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Under Affordable Care Act, Minimum Wage Hike Discourages Work

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour will leave many full-time workers ineligible for Medicaid. Why do we design welfare programs to discourage work?

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World Frets About Ebola But Neglects Millions of Malaria Deaths

We are debating how we should allocate experimental drugs to treat Ebola.  But we have the means to reduce malaria—and we are not using it.

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“Just Win, Baby” The Politics of Obamacare

A pair of federal appellate court decisions sent Obamacare backers cycling through at least the first three stages of grief (anger, denial, and bargaining) over the likelihood of further unraveling of the health law. 

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Should we be worried about the long-term fiscal picture of Medicare?

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Medicare Cost Projections

And if the history with the SGR is a predictor of the ACA’s productivity adjustment’s ability to constrain payments to providers, Medicare spending will likely be significantly higher in the long run than is currently projected with the baseline forecast.

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Obamacare Halbig v. Burwell

Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has the potential to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act by disallowing premium subsidies for those enrolled in the 36 federal health care exchanges.

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