John E. McDonough

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Stories by John E. McDonough

Trump’s health plan folly

Trump’s health plan folly

Would leave 21 million uninsured and create a $270-500 billion budget hole

ON MARCH 14, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a bipartisan federal budget watchdog group, released an economic analysis of the recent health proposals made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.  Their key findings: “Donald Trump’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare would cost nearly $500 billion over a decade, or $270 billion(...)

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Amazing gains in global health – 2015

Amazing gains in global health – 2015

Plenty to celebrate in efforts to lessen human suffering and disease

WE GET SO caught up these days in the Donald and Hillary and Ted and Bernie shows.  Yet there is so much else going on in the world about which Americans never hear. Permit me to draw attention to This Week in Global Health (TWiGH) which has been producing weekly live online programming on global(...)

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Sanders vs. Clinton on health care

Sanders vs. Clinton on health care

Clash between grand vision and what's important and achievable

IT’S FUNNY HOW things turn out on the campaign trail. Since all Republican presidential candidates pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, they have little to argue about. The fireworks are among Democrats as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders argue the future of US health reform and, specifically, the merits of Sanders’s new single payer/Medicare(...)

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Setting hospital prices by ballot question

Setting hospital prices by ballot question

SEIU pushes anti-Partners initiative — but may be looking for a legislative fix

A LOOMING 2016 ballot initiative threatens to upend the foundations of hospital finance in Massachusetts, even if the measure never reaches the voters. The clash involves a fractured hospital community, insurers, a labor union, and state government in a controversy more than 25 years in the making. For decades, savvy Massachusetts policy entrepreneurs have learned to(...)

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Obamacare repeal would mean 22 million people lose coverage

Obamacare repeal would mean 22 million people lose coverage

President vetoes Republican effort, but GOP will keep trying

TWENTY-TWO MILLION – that’s how many Americans would lose their health insurance, according to the US Congressional Budget Office, if the reconciliation legislation approved by the House of Representative on Wednesday by a 240-181 vote were to become law. The Senate approved the same bill in December and the House adopted it yesterday with no(...)

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Why Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act

Why Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act

New Medicare taxes on the wealthy responsible for much of the animus

THIS WEEK, THE US House of Representatives will take up reconciliation legislation, amended and approved in the US Senate last month, that would drill major, damaging holes in the Affordable Care Act. Though the bill has zero chance of becoming law because of a certain veto by President Obama, it is – by the Democrats’ count(...)

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An ACA damage assessment

An ACA damage assessment

Mixed impact of efforts thus far to derail health law

ON ONE  THING all Affordable Care Act watchers can agree: This autumn saw important developments and changes relating to the nation’s health reform law. How much and how serious? Any immediate assessment is incomplete and the full impact only will be evident through the lens of the 2016 presidential and Congressional election results. Until then,(...)

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No time to go wobbly on One Care

No time to go wobbly on One Care

Program has hit hurdles, but we need to stay the course

BACK IN 2008, when I was working in the US Senate on national health reform, a delegation of 20 business leaders from the New England Council visited Capitol Hill to offer advice. The group’s leader was Charlie Baker, then Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s CEO. I recall his one recommendation: “You have to do something about dual(...)

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Sounds of health-care silence in GOP debate

Sounds of health-care silence in GOP debate

Lack of Obamacare talk speaks volumes

I HAD ONE mission last night watching the Republican debate among the party’s top 10 presidential contenders: What, if anything, could we learn about the state of play regarding the Affordable Care Act and US health policy? What I observed: The impassioned debate about the Affordable Care Act/ACA/Obamacare is over, even among Republicans. Here is(...)

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Cake and cupcakes for Medicare and Medicaid’s 50th anniversary

Cake and cupcakes for Medicare and Medicaid’s 50th anniversary

Landmark programs have propelled country forward

FIFTY YEARS AGO this Thursday, July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law legislation creating two new national health insurance programs, Medicare and Medicaid. Fifty years later, these programs appear as recognizable and durable as any monuments in Washington, DC. But the comparison is not entirely apt. There is little difference between the Lincoln(...)

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