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Harold Pollack

Medicare-advantage as a thing.

A Medicare buy-in Republicans can love

September 23, 2016 – One might assume that Republicans would never go for a Medicare buy-in, as it would expand the ranks of those who get "government-run"… Read more

Can Medicaid make for fewer suicides?

Suicide rates – and how Medicaid can help

April 24, 2016 – Obamacare's Medicaid expansion probably wouldn't dramatically reduce the incidence of suicide in the United States. But it would… Read more

Is single payer realistic?

Single Payer and Rip Van Winkle

January 22, 2016 – Senator Sanders has done everyone a service by bringing the Single Payer discussion back into the national debate. If support for Single… Read more

Carly Fiorina on Medicaid.

Medicaid: Worst insurance in America?

November 17, 2015 – When it comes to children with special health care needs, Medicaid is often better than the available public or private alternatives. The… Read more

Living on $2 a day -- what to do about health coverage?

Millions get by on $2 a day. Can Medicaid help?

September 25, 2015 – In this edition, I'm talking with the University of Michigan’s H. Luke Shaefer, co-author of the important new book, $2.00 a Day: Living… Read more

Luis Land Obamacare poster child.

Luis Lang wants to be Obamacare’s ‘poster child’

May 22, 2015 – Luis Lang has been working the phones to secure a spot on national television so he can help others like him who may be missing out on… Read more

Luis Land speaks on Obamacare.

A conversation with crowdfunder Luis Lang

May 16, 2015 – Below is a transcript of my phone conversation with Luis Lang, a Republican South Carolinian who established a GoFundMe appeal to help with… Read more

Medicaid expansion, Santa!

Medicaid expansion for every state’s stocking?

December 20, 2014 – This is really a tragic situation where many, many low-income Americans are not eligible for financial help at all because they live in a… Read more

Zagruber film.

Exposing ‘Zagruber film’ to light

November 18, 2014 – I stand by my words. I can’t speak for Professor Gruber, but I don’t see anything he should walk back, either. Roughly 4 million… Read more

McConnell cuts the heart from Obamacare.

Removing the heart of Obamacare

November 14, 2014 – Larry Levitt and Harold Pollack speculate about 'surgeries' the ACA might face as Republicans scheme to remove Obamacare's vital… Read more

Two views of Obama.

Is Obamacare’s greatest challenge its namesake?

November 13, 2014 – I think many people underestimated how partisan and ideological this would end up being. The President's a divisive figure and the law has… Read more

September 2014 Health Wonk Review

Health Wonk Review for September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014 – Summer's over, the kids are back in school (yes!) and the fall sports seasons are underway. And with those seasons arrives a new season of… Read more