SNAP negotiations are currently under way in the House and Senate under the Farm Bill, which typically wins bipartisan support due to the appeal of farming and agriculture subsidies to a wide variety of constituents. But recent cuts are part of a long-term plan by the GOP to scale back programs like SNAP.READ MORE
Harold Pollack’s latest article in the Washington Post’s Wonkblog responds to a New York Times series by Deborah Sontag, “Addiction treatment with a dark side,” which examines buprenorphine misuse as a substitution therapy.READ MORE
The Associated Press put out a piece on eminent domain, which touches on the compelling work from TCF fellow Robert Hockett. The piece was circulated on many media outlets, including NPR. Here's an excerpt:
"According to Cornell University law professor Robert C. Hockett, who helped devise the plan, eminent domain works because only government has the power to forcibly sidestep mortgage contracts.
The eminent domain plans focus on so-called private label security mortgages, or ones that are not backed by the U.S. government. And that worries some who believe the use of eminent domain could cause investors not to put money in mortgage-backed securities."
FreeSpeech.org wrote in a recent article, "There's nothing wrong with reporters fully exploring all the changes our ever-evolving health-care system goes through, so long as they do it accurately." TCF fellow Harold Pollack is cited for his work on the topic.
"Harold Pollack estimates that there are over 10 million uninsured Americans who have significant medical issues like a cancer diagnosis or diabetes, and thus find it difficult or impossible to get insurance on the individual market under the pre-ACA system. These people will now be able to get reasonably priced insurance, which for many will be literally life-saving. But journalists find these people boring and not worth talking about."
At the site healthinsurance.org, TCF fellow Harold Pollack interviews Joanne Kenen of Politico in a new edition of "Curbside Consult." Pollack and Kenen discuss the potential decline of healthcare costs, and whether or not the Affordable Care Act has anything to do with it.
Watch the full series here.
Consider this your daily reminder that the U.S. healthcare system is indeed exceptional. Just not in a good way.READ MORE
Compared to other advanced nations, America’s retirement security and health care systems offer weaker protections against risks we all face. The Century Foundation’s work focuses on ideas for strengthening Social Security, pensions, and health care – including steps for building on the Affordable Care Act.
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