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Mitch McConnell has a majority in the Senate – but his mission to push President Trump’s legislative agenda has been far from easy. Reuters/Carlos Barria

Mitch McConnell, the president’s man in the Senate

Why would McConnell push a vote to repeal Obamacare when he knows it won't pass? It's not as crazy as it sounds.
Health care personnel in all hospitals work hard to provide first-rate care, but academic hospitals carry an added responsibility. Some have questioned whether that dilutes clinical care. gpointstudios/Shutterstock.com

As academic hospitals lower mortality rates, should insurers reconsider excluding them?

Many academic medical centers are facing increasing financial pressure as insurers create so-called narrow networks, but a recent study of mortality data may lead insurers to reconsider.
Decreased regulation has failed to reduce the growing administrative burden of health care. Valeri Potapova/Shutterstock.com

Why market competition has not brought down health care costs

GOP lawmakers say their bills to replace the Affordable Care Act would do a better job than the ACA of controlling rising health care costs, but 40 years of deregulation show it just won't work.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who announced June 27 that a vote on the Senate health care bill has been delayed until after the July 4 recess. Carolyn Kaster/AP

Republican health care bills defy the party’s own ideology

The health care bill proposed by Senate Republicans was little better than the House version, which begs an important question: Who's driving health care law – a free market or insurance companies?
Nurse Jane Kern administers medicine to patient Lexi Gerkin in Brentwood, New Hampshire. Lexi is one of thousands of severely disabled or ill children covered by Medicaid, regardless of family income. Charles Krupa/AP

Not just for the poor: The crucial role of Medicaid in America’s health care system

As Republicans seek to repeal Obamacare, they have added an overhaul of Medicaid to their plans. Here's a look at the program and the surprising number of people who would be affected by cuts.
Pres. Trump and HHS Secretary Tom Price in the Oval Office on March 24, 2017, the day the original version of the AHCA was pulled. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

How Trump and Tom Price can kill Obamacare without the Senate

Pres. Trump has been saying for months that Obamacare will 'explode' on its own. He and HHS Secretary Tom Price have a lot of power to make it do so, thus making it appear that law was a failure.
President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan after the House passed a bill to repeal Obamacare and cut back Medicaid funding. Evan Vucci

Why America needs a ‘do-over’ on Medicaid reform

The health care bill recently passed by the House imposes big cuts to the underfunded Medicaid program. A new approach is needed, starting with the best ideas of both parties.
Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017, as VP Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan applaud. Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP

Trump’s address to Congress: Expert reaction

Three scholars grade Trump's first address to Congress. How did he do on Obamacare? What would his 'merit-based' immigration proposal mean? And can he play nice with others
A nurses poses at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London, Jan. 28, 2015. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Why the British love the National Health Service

International comparisons show that the UK's National Health Service outperforms other countries' health systems, including the US.
Check up. Mike Blake/Reuters

Why insurance companies control your medical care

Cost and quality issues have long plagued the U.S. health care system because insurance companies both finance and manage medical care. So how did we get stuck with this system in the first place?

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