Jan 25 2017
Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations.
Kaiser Health News: Trump’s First Order Has Strong Words On Health. Actual Impact May Be Weak.
Julie Rovner reports: “The Trump administration has significant power to undermine the workings of the Affordable Care Act. The bigger question is how much of that power it will use. President Donald Trump’s executive order on Inauguration Day urging federal officials to “take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” of the federal health law did not provide administration officials with any new powers to unravel parts of the law.” (Rovner, 1/24)
Kaiser Health News: Everything You Need To Know About Block Grants — The Heart Of GOP’s Medicaid Plans
Shefali Luthra reports: “President Donald Trump’s administration made explicit this weekend its commitment to an old GOP strategy for managing Medicaid, the federal-state insurance plan that covers low-income people — turning control of the program to states and capping what the federal government spends on it each year. It’s called “block granting.” … But what would this look like, and why is it so controversial? Let’s break down how this policy could play out, and its implications — both for government spending and for accessing care.” (Luthra, 1/24)
Kaiser Health News: Republicans Standing Behind Price
Julie Rovner, the chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, talks with Robin Young of WBUR’s Here and Now about the Senate Finance Committee’s hearing on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Rovner notes that despite some withering criticism from Democrats about his stock trades and questions about Price’s plans for the health law, Republicans appear to be solidly supporting Price. (1/24)
Kaiser Health News: For Conservatives, A New Day In Health Care
Jenny Gold reports: “So what would a Republican replacement plan actually look like? And would it maintain some of the more popular pieces of the ACA? To find out, we spoke with leading conservative health care expert Lanhee Chen co-author of the influential American Enterprise Institute replacement proposal. Chen previously served as the policy director for Gov. Mitt Romney during his presidential campaign and is currently a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.” (Gold, 1/25)
Kaiser Health News: Athlete-Turned-Trucker Works To Improve Truckers’ Health
KCUR’s Alex Smith reports: “On a chilly winter morning, dozens of truck driver trainees file into a classroom