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Remaking Health Care

This column explores how health reform is changing the ways in which we pay for and deliver health care in the U.S. It also highlights the ways in which our current system is falling short on measures of coverage, access and affordability. On any given week, that could mean a look at how Republican plans to repeal Obamacare could reshape the individual insurance market, how the safety net system is adapting to new financial pressures, or how the trend of doctors and hospitals merging into ever-larger entities is driving up costs. We also explore health care costs and whether the Affordable Care Act or its successor plans can live up to the promise to rein them in. Throughout, we keep watch on how the goals of health reform intersect with the shaping power of markets and human behavior. Contributors include veteran health journalist Trudy Lieberman and independent health journalist Kellie Schmitt, with occasional contributions from independent journalists such as Susan Abram and Sara Stewart.

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President-elect Biden will likely move quickly to undo a slew of Trump-era health care policies.
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Years of attacks on the ACA leave families in constant fear of losing coverage. The pandemic raises the stakes for millions of people.
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Do we want to go back to the days when a woman had to stay in a bad marriage just to have coverage?
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The law banned discrimination in health care. A young woman in Appalachia explains how these protections saved her life.
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I finally got coverage under Obamacare and planned to catch up on tests and treatment. Then the pandemic struck.
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As a condition of probation, thousands of people must comply with court orders to get mental health treatment. If they lose insurance, many could wind up behind bars without committing a crime.
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Where does this leave policy proposals like expanding ACA subsidies and creating a public option?
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While the cliffhanger presidential election took center stage Tuesday, voters also decided a host of health-related measures.
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What Donald Trump and Joe Biden have said about five important heath policy issues likely to be on the table in the next administration.
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Politico's Joanne Kenen and University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley break down the case for us.

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