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January 26 2014

23:05

Pioneering Ideas Podcast: Episode 2 - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Hear from social scientist BJ Fogg, RWJF’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Thomas Goetz, a team with a vision for creating a social epidemic of safety, and other pioneers in health and health care. http://www.rwjf.org/en/blogs/pioneering-ideas/2013/12/podcast_episode_2.html

January 23 2014

05:30

An Obamacare Report Card

After a rough rollout, we’ll look at who is and who is not signing up for the Affordable Care Act.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The top Democrat in the Republican-controlled House focused on the Affordable Care Act and the fight to pass immigration reform. (AP)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. The top Democrat in the Republican-controlled House focused on the Affordable Care Act and the fight to pass immigration reform. (AP)

Guests

Jenny Gold, healthcare reporter for Kaiser Health News. (@JennyAGold).

Dan Mangan, CNBC health care reporter. (@_DanMangan)

Carl Gibson, journalist and activist. Founder of U.S. Uncut. Wrote a piece in December called ‘Why I’m Choosing to Pay $300 to Stay Uninsured.” (@uncutcg)

From The Reading List

CNBC: Employers face tax hit in states with no Medicaid expansion — “The decision by 25 states not to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare could cost some employers more than $1.5 billion in new taxes starting next year, a new analysis reveals. That tax hit might come as a shock to many of those businesses unaware of their exposure to the penalty—which will kick in if their employer-offered health plan is deemed too expensive and workers then buy private, subsidized Obamacare insurance.”

Wall Street Journal: Target Cuts Health Coverage for Part-Time Workers — “Target will stop covering part-time employees on April 1, the company said in a corporate blog post quoting human resources chief Jodee Kozlak. Less than 10% of Target’s roughly 360,000 employees take part in the plan being discontinued. Those employees will be given $500 due to the coverage being ended.”

MarketWatch: California’s Obamacare program is close to meeting enrollment goal — “California has, by far, exceeded any other state in the union for Obamacare signups. Figures released last week from the Department of Health and Human Services showed California accounted for roughly one-fourth of all enrollment in the nation during the last three months of the year. The state also got 584,000 applicants into Medi-Cal programs, bringing its total enlistment figure to more than 1 million for the October-December period.”

December 25 2013

05:10

Crisis of Abundance: Rethinking How We Pay for Health Care | Cato Institute

Featuring the author, Arnold Kling, Cato Institute Adjunct Scholar and Adjunct Professor at George Mason University; with comments by Sebastian Mallaby, Editorial Writer and Columnist, Washington Post; and Jason Furman, Visiting Scholar, New York University. Moderated by Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute. Why do so many pundits say that America’s health care system is in crisis? Economist Arnold Kling says that the fundamental challenge in American health care today is that we have many highly trained specialists and advanced technologies but do not know when their use is appropriate or how we should pay for them. He calls this a Crisis of Abundance. Kling argues that markets could do a better job of allocating these resources, and he advocates cutting government health care budgets by two-thirds and reducing third-party payment as a way to encourage better medical decisions. http://www.cato.org/events/crisis-abundance-rethinking-how-we-pay-health-care

December 12 2013

10:45

Pioneering Ideas Podcast: Episode 2 - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Hear from social scientist BJ Fogg, RWJF’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Thomas Goetz, a team with a vision for creating a social epidemic of safety, and other pioneers in health and health care. http://www.rwjf.org/en/blogs/pioneering-ideas/2013/12/podcast_episode_2.html
03:22

Pioneering Ideas Podcast: Episode 2 - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Hear from social scientist BJ Fogg, RWJF’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Thomas Goetz, a team with a vision for creating a social epidemic of safety, and other pioneers in health and health care. http://rwjf.org/en/blogs/pioneering-ideas/2013/12/podcast_episode_2.html

November 15 2013

15:00

Week In The News: Typhoon Recovery, Obamacare Reversal, Iranian Stalemate

Typhoon tragedy.  Obamacare reversal. New guidelines for statins. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Big news on health reform this week.  President Obama stands down on a hot portion of Obamacare.  The “you can keep your coverage” promise will be kept, for a while.  It’s a reversal.  And knives are out for more.  In the Philippines, an epic typhoon leaves devastation so deep that relief is hard to deliver, even when it comes.  Now it’s hunger and thirst.  We’ve got Janet Yellen lining up to be Fed chief.  John Boehner saying no to big immigration reform.  Heat over nuclear talks with Iran.  A giant airline merger.  And Amazon does a Sunday deal with the US Mail.  Up next On Point:  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Margaret Talev, White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. (@margarettalev)

Ben Pauker, managing editor at Foreign Policy. (@BenPauker)

Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst

From Tom’s Reading List

Washington Post: Obama Needs His Friends Back — “On Tuesday, a Quinnipiac University poll showed Obama with the lowest approval rating of his presidency. Only 39 percent approved of his performance; 54 percent disapproved. The numbers echoed those of a recent Pew survey that pegged the president’s job approval at 41 percent, with 53 percent disapproving. In situations of this sort, there is always a search for an instant repair. ‘Fix the Web site’ is the most obvious, and it’s certainly necessary. But a tech problem has been compounded by the reality of health-care reform itself. ”

Wall Street Journal: Escape From Obamacare — “The particular irony of this Democratic flight for the exits is that their bill would make ObamaCare even less viable. If people are allowed to choose a competitive insurance alternative, the exchanges are unlikely to survive financially. That’s why the White House is trying to stuff in as many people as possible, however unsuccessfully. House Republicans have the better argument. There’s a substantive difference between letting people keep their plans through deregulation and through a new mandate that is supposed to counteract the damage from the old mandates. They should build on this insight and promote more ways for people to elude ObamaCare if they prefer.”

Foreign Policy: John Kerry’s Iran Briefing Succeeds…In Solidifying GOP Against Him — “In an effort to slam the brakes on a new round of Iran sanctions coming through Congress, Secretary of State John Kerry held a classified briefing with the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday. Although the purpose of the briefing was to convey how new sanctions could derail the delicate negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, Republicans stormed out of the closed-door session in opposition to the Obama administration’s message. At the same time, top Democrats remained silent or refused to comment as they exited the Capitol.”

November 07 2013

07:46

Arguments For And Against Obamacare, Right Now

Rollout woes and beyond. A defender and a critic of Obamacare debate  the Affordable Care Act’s coming impact on America.

Guests

Sam Baker, health care correspondent for the National Journal. (@sam_baker)

Gail Wilensky, Senior fellow at Project HOPE. Former head of Medicare / Medicaid and senior health and welfare adviser to former President George W. Bush.

Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Key architect of Massachusetts’ health care reform, former technical consultant to the Obama Administration during the development of the Affordable Care Act.

From The Reading List

National Journal: The ‘Train Wreck’ May Have Happened – “A little over six months later, here we are. Contracts for public relations are on hold while contracts for HealthCare.gov are being extended to cover the site’s repairs. People are indeed confused about the law, and the botched rollout has contributed to that confusion. The specifics of Baucus’ prediction are holding up better than he—or Sebelius—probably want to acknowledge.”

Washington Post: Inside the Obamacare War Room, HealthCare.gov’s launch was chaos — “Mostly though, the war room notes underscore how significant it was that the federal government ended up running the majority of health law insurance marketplaces, and how that increased the Obama administration’s workload.Thirty-four states decided to either operate an insurance marketplace in partnership with the federal government, or leave the entire task to the Obama administration. That means, that in about two of every three states, its the people in the CCIIO War Room, and their colleagues, who are managing the back end of the exchange.”

New Yorker: Obamacare’s Three Percent – “But if the Web site isn’t working by the end of November, Gruber thinks the difficulties with A.C.A. implementation will escalate to DefCon 3. By that point, some people may not be able to sign up for a plan before January 1st, when health coverage begins for people who bought plans during the open-enrollment period that started on October 1st. ‘Those people whose plans are now being dropped would be screwed,’ Gruber said.”

July 06 2011

21:28

OSCon preview: Shahid N. Shah on medical devices and open source - O'Reilly Radar

Connecting medical devices to electronic health record systems, and the roles of open source software, regulation, and clinical improvement. http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/07/oscon-preview-shahid-n-shah-on.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

December 20 2010

23:09

KUOW.org - [Washington State] Hospital High Rollers

'KUOW has learned that 19 people working for charities in the Puget Sound region earned more than $1 million in 2008. The nonprofit groups paid the seven–figure sums even as Washington state fell into its worst recession in decades. According to the charities' filings with the IRS, another 59 employees earned at least $500,000 that year. The charities are the region's nonprofit hospitals. John Ryan brings us this KUOW investigation.' From http://kuow.org/program.php?id=22143

November 06 2010

02:23

Healthcare: Problems & Pushback

Healthcare reform on the GOP chopping block. We talk with the nation’s medicine man, Dr. Tim Johnson, about what the country really needs.
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