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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Is Health Care Spending Still The Hungry, Hungry Hippo?

Congress is trying to wrap up its work for the year, but unsettled questions remain about the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the fate of the individual mandate insurance requirement from the Affordable Care Act and other health issues. Meanwhile, outside Washington, major mergers are happening within the health care system and the federal government reports that the rate of increase in health spending slowed in 2016.

This week’s “What the Health?” guests are:

Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News
Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal
Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo
Margot Sanger Katz of The New York Times

They discuss these topics and other health news of the week, including the state of open enrollment for 2018 health insurance.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

  • The iron-clad promises on health care that Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) secured for her vote for the tax bill may be splintering.
  • Although a number of health programs could see funding cut as a result of the tax bill, lawmakers promise that they will protect Medicare.
  • Former Obama administration officials are worried that last-minute insurance enrollment on the federal marketplace could be anemic this year, because the Trump administration has not promoted the law.
  • The merger mania of the past week highlights insurers’ interest in having a piece of the action in other parts of the health care system.

Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too.

Julie Rovner: Tonic.Vice.com’s “Why Do People Hate Obamacare, Anyway,” by Julie Rovner

Stephanie Armour: The New York Times’ “Millions Pay The Obamacare Penalty Instead Of Buying Insurance. Who Are They?” by K.K. Rebecca Lai and Alicia Parlapiano

Alice Ollstein: The Washington Post’s “Rep. Trent Franks Of Arizona, Who Asked Staffers If They Would Bear His Child As A Surrogate, Says He Will Resign,” by Mike DeBonis and Michelle Ye Hee Lee.

Margot Sanger Katz: Vox.com’s “Emergency Rooms Are Monopolies. Patients Pay The Price,” by Sarah Kliff.

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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Is Health Care Spending Still The Hungry, Hungry Hippo?

Congress is trying to wrap up its work for the year, but unsettled questions remain about the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the fate of the individual mandate insurance requirement from the Affordable Care Act and other health issues. Meanwhile, outside Washington, major mergers are happening within the health care system and the federal government reports that the rate of increase in health spending slowed in 2016.

This week’s “What the Health?” guests are:

Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News
Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal
Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo
Margot Sanger Katz of The New York Times

They discuss these topics and other health news of the week, including the state of open enrollment for 2018 health insurance.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

  • The iron-clad promises on health care that Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) secured for her vote for the tax bill may be splintering.
  • Although a number of health programs could see funding cut as a result of the tax bill, lawmakers promise that they will protect Medicare.
  • Former Obama administration officials are worried that last-minute insurance enrollment on the federal marketplace could be anemic this year, because the Trump administration has not promoted the law.
  • The merger mania of the past week highlights insurers’ interest in having a piece of the action in other parts of the health care system.

Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too.

Julie Rovner: Tonic.Vice.com’s “Why Do People Hate Obamacare, Anyway,” by Julie Rovner

Stephanie Armour: The New York Times’ “Millions Pay The Obamacare Penalty Instead Of Buying Insurance. Who Are They?” by K.K. Rebecca Lai and Alicia Parlapiano

Alice Ollstein: The Washington Post’s “Rep. Trent Franks Of Arizona, Who Asked Staffers If They Would Bear His Child As A Surrogate, Says He Will Resign,” by Mike DeBonis and Michelle Ye Hee Lee.

Margot Sanger Katz: Vox.com’s “Emergency Rooms Are Monopolies. Patients Pay The Price,” by Sarah Kliff.

To hear all our podcasts, click here.

And subscribe to What the Health? on iTunesStitcher or Google Play.

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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Taxes, Medicare And The Year-End Mess

Weeks ago, the tax bill under consideration in Congress became a health bill, too. But now it could also trigger major cuts to the Medicare program.

In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico and Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post discuss how a little-known law prohibiting federal deficits could force big cuts to Medicare and many other defense and domestic programs if the tax bill passes as currently configured in the House and Senate.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

  • A possible delay in negotiating a year-end spending bill puts the fate of the Children’s Health Insurance Program in doubt. States are starting to run out of money for the program, whose federal authorization expired Oct. 1.
  • A Senate committee heard from Alex Azar, a former drug company executive and President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Much of the discussion was about what he might do to contain drug prices.
  • The National Academy of Medicine issued its own recommendations about how to make drugs more affordable, including the idea of letting government programs negotiate with drugmakers and possibly limit which drugs the government would pay for.

Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too.

Julie Rovner: ProPublica’s “A Hospital Charged $1,877 to Pierce a 5-Year-Old’s Ears. This Is Why Health Care Costs So Much,” by Marshall Allen.

Joanne Kenen:  The Atlantic’s “No Family Is Safe From This Epidemic,” by James Winnefeld.

Paige Winfield Cunningham: The Washington Post’s “597 days. And still waiting,” by Terrence McCoy.

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