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JAMA Forum: Why Are Private Health Insurers Losing Money on Obamacare?

Uwe Reinhardt | News @ JAMA | August 25, 2016

The report last week that Aetna, one of the major US health insurance companies, would leave most of the health insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 follows similar accounts the media that Anthem,  Aetna, and other large private health insurers are contemplating withdrawing from the so-called ACA marketplace. The companies say the reason behind these actions is they are losing hundreds of millions of dollars on the business coming to them from these exchanges...

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'Get the Insurance Companies the Hell Out' of Healthcare System

Jon Queally | Common Dreams | October 25, 2016

Right-wingers like Charles Krauthammer don't "think anybody should buy it"—and too many Democrats actually don't want to talk about it—but that doesn't mean advocates for a single-payer or 'Medicare for All' healthcare system aren't responding to news about rising insurance premiums for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with renewed demands. Just weeks away from national elections, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made financial and political news late Monday by announcing the average premiums for plans under the ACA (aka Obamacare) will rise significantly for many consumers in 2017...

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'Privacy Killer' CISPA Is Coming Back, Whether You Like It Or Not

Zack Whittaker | ZDNet | February 8, 2013

Dubbed a "privacy killer" by online activists, love it or hate it, the cyber-security CISPA bill will likely be brought into law—whether it's from the reintroduction of the bill by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, or President Obama issuing (yet another) executive order. Read More »

11,588,500 Words: Obamacare Regs 30x As Long As Law

Penny Starr | CNS News | October 14, 2013

Bureaucracies in the Obama Administration have thus far published approximately 11,588,500 words of final Obamacare regulations, while there are only 381,517 words in the Obamacare law itself. Read More »

2013: The Tipping Point In Health Care

Paul H. Keckley | Deloitte | January 3, 2012

In the health care industry, 2013 will be a huge year: the perfect storm of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the fiscal cliff and long-term deficit reduction, consumer dissatisfaction, and higher costs mean it’s a year when results matter.

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3 Big Lessons From The Top Techies Rebooting The Government

Elizabeth Segran | Fast Company | November 10, 2015

"We usually think of instigators as people who causes trouble," Patil says. And in some ways, this is exactly what the band of tech outsiders rebooting the government is doing. They've boldly entered the world's largest bureaucracy with the goal of shaking things up, making services run more efficiently for the American people and introducing fresh new ways of doing things. In many ways, their work threatens the status quo. But Patil believes that instigators have a valuable role to play...

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5 Health Challenges The World Will Face In 2015

Julia Belluz and Steven Hoffman | Vox | December 23, 2014

What comes next for the future of the world's health?... But these are the issues reason would suggest will set the world's health agenda next year...

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5 Tips For Cybersecurity Incident Response

Rick Kam | Government Health IT | February 2, 2015

Experts and politicians agree that security and privacy incidents are a given...And as the new cyber-risk handbook from the National Association of Corporate Directors puts it: “If a sophisticated attacker targets a company’s systems, they will almost certainly [be breached].”...

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A 40-Year 'Conspiracy' at the VA

Arthur Allen | Politico | March 19, 2017

Four decades ago, in 1977, a conspiracy began bubbling up from the basements of the vast network of hospitals belonging to the Veterans Administration. Across the country, software geeks and doctors were puzzling out how they could make medical care better with these new devices called personal computers. Working sometimes at night or in their spare time, they started to cobble together a system that helped doctors organize their prescriptions, their CAT scans and patient notes, and to share their experiences electronically to help improve care for veterans...

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A Better Way to Release Your City’s Data

Chris Bousquet | Data-Smart City Solultions | May 23, 2017

Open data has immense potential to catalyze creative problem solving by practitioners and policymakers, but troves of vaguely-labeled spreadsheets will do little to inspire interest or facilitate innovative solutions. To unlock the value of open data, governments have begun to launch open datasets in themed releases, which contain data and additional context about a specific policy area. These open datasets have two distinct advantages: a more useful and navigable platform for users and better marketing appeal to practitioners focused on the policy area...

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A Call to Action For IT Leaders

Kris van Riper and Lon Zanetta | Nextgov | March 4, 2014

Following the failed launch of HealthCare.gov, President Obama stated, "The way the federal government does procurement and does IT is just generally not very efficient. In fact, there's probably no bigger gap between the private sector and the public sector than IT." Read More »

A Left-Handed Software User's Plea

Left-handed people face many challenges in a right-hand dominated world. For the 10% of us who live under their oppression, it can be maddening. In the early 20th century, my left-handed grandfather was forced to write with his right hand in school, making his handwriting completely illegible. What would great lefties like George H.W. Bush, Bart Simpson, Lt. Cmdr. Data, Barack Obama, or Bill Gates think? At least we have advanced a little... but not enough...

A Pro- Single Payer Doctor’s Concerns About Obamacare

Adam Gaffney | Salon.com | April 11, 2014

Believe me, the right's approach would be much worse. But the underinsured are getting a worse deal than you think

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A Real Stand Against Antibiotic Resistance Starts At The Farm, Not The Hospital

Arielle Duhaime-Ross | The Verge | September 30, 2014

The US government made history on September 18th when President Obama signed an executive order establishing a task force to combat antibiotic resistance at the federal level. The order outlined general goals such as tracking the use of antibiotics and creating incentives for drug development. Some applauded the announcement, while pointing out other countries’ continued failure to do the same...

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A Refresher: Warrantless Spying Was Blatantly Illegal

Conor Friedersdorf | The Atlantic | May 14, 2014

Frontline's new documentary about NSA spying is an important reminder of how Bush officials violated the Constitution...

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