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Archive for March, 2017

  • Universal Healthcare Access is Coming. Stop Fighting It and Start Figuring Out How to Make It Work.

    Many observers are describing the dramatic failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as a debacle, but perhaps it will prove to be a step forward. As everyone knows by now, the United States is alone among advanced economies in not having universal access to health care, but it is already much closer to […]

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  • Inaction on Healthcare Prices is the Fatal Flaw that Dooms the ACHA to Failure

    Republican reformers have repeatedly promised affordable healthcare for all Americans — doubly affordable, in fact. They promise to put premiums and out-of-pocket costs within reach of low- and middle-income consumers, and at the same time, that the plan will be affordable to the federal budget, even given the constraints their most conservative members would like […]

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  • Is 100 Percent Decarbonization a Good Idea for the California Grid?

    Although there is a clear lack of will to do much about climate change at the federal level, California is another story.  In a recent poll, 69 percent of California voters backed policies to cut emissions. The latest sign of enthusiasm is a bill introduced by State Senate leader Kevin De León that would completely […]

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  • Will Ryancare Prevent a Healthcare Death Spiral?

    On March 6, the Republican House leadership finally released a draft plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although only a draft, it has already earned the name of “Ryancare.” As this is written, with the ink not yet dry, influential Republicans are already calling it a “framework for reform” or a […]

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  • Are Rising Interest Rates Really Good for Banks?

    As the stock market soars to one record high after another, analysts do not hesitate to tell us why. One popular explanation is that expectations of higher interest rates are pushing up the stocks of banks and other financial companies  (example). Yet not so long ago, the same analysts were telling us that Wall Street […]

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