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Medical students protest outside the office of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to express their views on changes to Obamacare. Tony Dejak/AP

How Republicans and Democrats can both keep their promises on health care

Republicans have tried dozens of times to repeal Obamacare, but their biggest challenge has been the lack of a workable replacement plan. Here’s an idea devised by two health economists.
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 screen shot of open enrollment for 2017 Obamacare plans. Open enrollment is now closed, and opponents hope it will be closed forever. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Do you know what the Affordable Care Act does? Here’s a primer to help

Opinions are strong about the Affordable Care Act, but not everyone understands what the nearly 1,000-page law does. In case you missed the high points of the law, here’s a primer to help.
A patient who relied on Medicaid and a nurse in Mississippi. Jonathan Bachman/REUTERS

Trump wants to change Medicaid funding; could his ideas work?

President Trump has proposed a major funding shift for Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that pays for health care for about 75 million poor people. Would the safety net fray if he did so?
The Capitol Building as seen in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

As Republicans ready to dismantle ACA, insurers likely to bolt

Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare already has weakened the health insurance market and likely will weaken it more. The instability will be costly, in more ways than one.
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.
The candidates go in different directions, especially on Obamacare. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Could the candidates truly fix – or nix – Obamacare? Six essential reads

While it’s hard to separate fact from hysteria when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, here are some expert voices to explain some of the candidates’ proposals on the health care law.

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