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For Healthcare Reform and the Coming Election, Now It’s Time to Wait and See

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Jeff Levine is an award-winning journalist who was the medical correspondent for CNN for 17 years.  He has also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Byron Dorgan, as Washington bureau chief for WebMD, and as a media specialist at Ketchum. A guest contributor to Health-E Minds, the following post represents Jeff’s perspective on the presidential election debates, based on his opinions generated during his many years of observing and reporting on healthcare and politics. To read Jeff’s commentary on the earlier debates, click here.  – Nancy Hicks, Senior Vice President, Associate Director, Ketchum North America Healthcare Practice

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By the time this entry is published, the last
presidential debate will be over, but the final word on health care reform awaits the electoral outcome and pending legal actions by conservative opponents. Read full post »

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The Presidential Debates – A Healthy Discussion?

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Jeff Levine is an award-winning journalist who was the medical correspondent for CNN for 17 years.  He has also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Byron Dorgan, as Washington bureau chief for WebMD, and as a media specialist at Ketchum. A guest contributor to Health-E Minds, the following post represents Jeff’s perspective on the presidential election debates, based on his opinions generated during his many years of observing and reporting on healthcare and politics. – Nancy Hicks, Senior Vice President, Associate Director, Ketchum North America Healthcare Practice


With tonight’s second presidential debate
just [[wysiwyg_imageupload:139:height=167,width=253]]hours away, a look back on the first debate offers insights into what we might expect to see this evening, particularly from a healthcare reform perspective.  Read full post »

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The Great Broccoli Debate: The Affordable Care Act Arguments Continue

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Jeff Levine is an award-winning journalist who
was the medical correspondent for[[wysiwyg_imageupload:122:]] CNN for 17 years.  He has also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Byron Dorgan, as Washington bureau chief for WebMD, and as a media specialist at Ketchum. A guest contributor to Health-E Minds, the following post represents Jeff’s perspective on the Affordable Care Act, based on his opinions generated during his many years of observing and reporting on these issues.
– Nancy Hicks, Senior Vice President, Associate Director, Ketchum North America Healthcare Practice

 

Winston Churchill remarked that you can count on Americans to do the right thing—after they’ve tried everything else.  However, considering the current debate over the Affordable Care Act, he might have added an asterisked addendum—*except when it comes to health care policy.

After being pummeled in arguments before the US Supreme Court observers are left to wonder if not the current law, then what “thing” would ultimately satisfy detractors of the current reform without alienating its proponents?  Read full post »

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History in the Making...or Just History?

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Jeff Levine is an award-winning journalist who was the medical correspondent for CNN for 17 years.  He has also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Byron Dorgan, as Washington bureau chief for WebMD, and as a media specialist at Ketchum.  The following is the third in a series of Jeff’s perspective on the Affordable Care Act, based on his opinions generated during his many years of observing and reporting on these issues. – Nancy Hicks, Senior Vice President, Associate Director, Ketchum North America Healthcare Practice

When Congress passed the Obama Health Plan in
March of[[wysiwyg_imageupload:97:]] 2010, it made history. The question now is will it become history?  As we wait for the Affordable Care Act to reach the Supreme Court for a Constitutional determination, the plan remains a political piñata especially for Congressional Republicans and GOP presidential hopefuls. Read full post »

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Remembering the "Jackson Hole Group"

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Jeff Levine is an award-winning journalist who was the medical correspondent for CNN for 17 years.  He has also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Byron Dorgan, as Washington bureau chief for WebMD, and as a media specialist at Ketchum.  The following is the second in a series of Jeff’s perspective on the Affordable Care Act, based on his opinions generated during his many years of observing and reporting on these issues. – Nancy Hicks, Senior Vice President, Associate Director, Ketchum North America Healthcare Practice

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