Health & Social Policy

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The Coalition Against Socialized Medicine, a project of the American Conservative Union, is advertising on Politico Playbook this week. Read more

Health and Social Policy

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Investment firms have created consolidated hospital empires across America, leading to closures, higher prices, and suffering. Read more

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Altria lobbying helped strike down a ban on flavored vaping liquids. Later it bought into Juul. Read more

Health and Social Policy

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Senate Republicans say impeachment will stop legislative progress. But the House embraced a bipartisan measure this week designed to give marijuana businesses unfettered banking access. Will the Senate back it? Read more

Health and Social Policy


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The presidential candidates confirmed to the Prospect that their attorney general would delist cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. Read more

Day One Agenda


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By rescheduling cannabis as a less dangerous narcotic, the next president can upend the drug war and the damaging effects on communities of color. Read more

Day One Agenda


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The Republican outgoing chair cast the deciding vote to have a Democrat temporarily replace her. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Inequality widens in old age, and life expectancy wanes for poorer seniors. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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The plan, with an immediate $200 per month benefit increase, sets the left edge of the possible on a bedrock Democratic program. Read more

Economic Policy


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There are lots of reasons why health care bills will get passed this fall. There are also lots of reasons why they won’t. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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The fight in Congress heats up over surprise medical billing, another abuse of the public driven by the private equity industry. Read more

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Commissioner Rohit Chopra dissented from a fine against Google for violations of child privacy laws, but the FTC redacted his explanation of how the fine was smaller than the earnings from the violations. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture


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The debate over a public option must address the lifelong care needs of a group that currently relies on Medicaid programs to support independent living. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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A coalition of unions representing more than 80,000 workers has authorized a walkout that would begin in October—and used Labor Day to pressure management. Read more

Working in America


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The opioid manufacturer wants a global settlement. Americans need personal accountability. Making Purdue a public beneficiary trust company could yield some interesting options. Read more

Economic Policy


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We’re making progress on mental illness, as we go backwards on the proliferation of military weapons. Read more

Law and Justice


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An NCAA/Defense Department joint research program is flawed, because it compares populations of concussion victims that are not comparable. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture


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Jonathan Metzl, author of “Dying of Whiteness,” discusses how racial resentment has fueled a backlash against health care policy designed to include immigrants and minorities—with deadly consequences for working-class white Americans. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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Juul says it wants to “make a meaningful, positive impact on our communities,” but by participating in the influential right-wing state legislative lobby it is working with a group that helps corporations violate the public interest. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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A scam to get patients to switch from Medicare to private insurance for dialysis care is being threatened by a bill in the Golden State. DaVita and Fresenius, the dialysis giants, have placed enormous funds into opposing it. Read more

Health and Social Policy