The Healthcare Happy Hour podcast will return next week. Until then, check out this week’s reads on everything from how Democrats may be using Medicare-for-All as a bargaining chip for other healthcare measures to how the rising costs of healthcare is affecting even the most well-off families.
- Here’s how the federal government shutdown has affected public health programs.
- President Trump is suggesting that the Texas v. U.S. case challenging the ACA’s individual mandate will lead to the health law being overturned and for a new federal health law to be created by his administration.
- The 2020 presidential election is expected to draw significant attention to Medicare-for-All as Democratic candidates call for its adoption, but that could ultimately be a deliberate strategy to get support for adopting more moderate proposals.
- Bloomberg spent the last year following families across the country that opted against purchasing health insurance, many of whom otherwise lived comfortable lives with six-figure incomes.
- Kaiser Health News took a deep dive on families with six-figure incomes, who have insurance but still struggle with the bills.
- Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is in discussions to adopt Medicaid expansion during the final year of his governorship, joining 37 states that have expanded their programs.
- California Governor Gavin Newsome announced the top appointments for his incoming administration, and they suggest he may have big plans for healthcare in the Golden State.
- What are your New Year’s resolutions and how did you come up with them? The Atlantic looks at how consumerist practices influence our resolutions.
- In case you missed it, here’s Dave Barry’s Year in Review.