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Editorial: Give Seema Verma a chance

Editorial: Give Seema Verma a chance

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 18, 2017

Seema Verma, the Indiana consultant who injected personal responsibility requirements and health savings accounts into that state's Medicaid program, deserves a shot at working with other states that want to redesign their programs.

Editorial: 'Right to try' laws could impede medical progress

Editorial: 'Right to try' laws could impede medical progress

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 11, 2017

The Trump administration has thrown its weight behind giving patients the “right to try” experimental drugs outside clinical trials. While such laws purport to offer hope for the dying, they will actually slow medical progress.

Editorial: Dr. Price's conflicts of interest

Editorial: Dr. Price's conflicts of interest

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 21, 2017

Democratic senators, several of whom are themselves avid traders in healthcare stocks, were right to roast HHS secretary designee Dr. Tom Price for his unseemly plunges into individual healthcare equities.

Editorial: Blame Congress for the coming ACA repeal and delay 'death spiral'

Editorial: Blame Congress for the coming ACA repeal and delay 'death spiral'

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 14, 2017

Despite repeated warnings from conservative realists, the Senate and House last week put in motion an Obamacare “repeal and delay” strategy that would destabilize the individual health insurance markets that provide coverage for over 11 million Americans.

Editorial: Is healthcare a right?

Editorial: Is healthcare a right?

By Merrill Goozner  |  December 31, 2016

With Republican leaders promising to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act and only promising to enact a replacement, it's worth revisiting the question of whether healthcare is a right.

Editorial: The 21st Century Christmas Tree Act

Editorial: The 21st Century Christmas Tree Act

By Merrill Goozner  |  December 03, 2016

On the surface, it looks like every healthcare special interest and their 1,400 lobbyists won an early Christmas present courtesy of the 21st Century Cures Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a whopping 392-26 margin last week and appears headed for Senate passage and enactment.

Editorial: America's pain

Editorial: America's pain

By Merrill Goozner  |  November 19, 2016

Last week's Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health did a grave disservice to Americans rightfully upset about the rising tide of drug and alcohol dependency in their communities.

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