Tag Archives: The New York Times

CBO clears GOP health bill for Senate; only 23 million to lose coverage this version

The News: A bill to disassemble the Affordable Care Act that passed the House by a razor-thin margin earlier this month would leave 14 million more people uninsured next year than under… Read more »

Senate health plan will either fine-tune Obamacare or set the clock back to 2008

Steve’s Take: Obamacare is a great, albeit imperfect, work-in-progress health program, destined to catch us up with the rest of the world where access to care is a right, not… Read more »

Senate confirms Gottlieb as FDA chief; former FDA tour, industry ties signal solid choice despite Dems’ jabs

The News: The US Senate voted 57 to 42 on Tuesday (May 9, 2017) to confirm Scott Gottlieb, MD, as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner. Gottlieb, who was nominated by… Read more »

Message to GOP on Trumpcare resuscitation effort: it’s dead; get over it

The News: House Speaker Paul Ryan announced a Republican agreement Thursday (April 6, 2017) on legislative language that he said will bring the chamber closer to passing a bill to… Read more »

GOP can’t handle the truth: millions to lose coverage under Trumpcare

Steve’s Take: Remember President Trump’s pre- and post-election promise, no, it sounded more like a guarantee, of “insurance for everybody?” Then last week, the Trump-backed House bill, when finally unveiled… Read more »

Shrouded in secrecy, GOP health plan finally unwrapped; governing crisis now on full display

Steve’s Take: The healthcare goals Pres. Donald Trump articulated in his address last week to a joint session of Congress marked a new record high for policy specifics. But as… Read more »

Trumpcare slowly imploding; perhaps morphing into Obamacare 2.0?

Steve’s Take: Six years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act has demonstrated it’s far from perfect. But replacing such an immense, complicated law on an accelerated schedule is presenting… Read more »

Trump backs negotiating drug prices under Medicare; unless he doesn’t

The News: President Donald Trump supports Medicare drug price negotiations, his spokesman said last week, remarks that sent pharmaceutical stocks swinging again as investors tried to assess whether drugmakers will… Read more »

Trump and pharma execs make nice; what, Sen. Sanders too?

The News: Last week (January 30, 2017), President Trump promised some of the nation’s top drug-company executives in a meeting at the White House that he would shrink Food and… Read more »