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Jon Stewart, Health Policy Wonk

Who knew comedian Jon Stewart was worried about essential health benefits? Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius found herself in the middle of a surprisingly substantive interview Monday night on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” — 16 minutes of full-on wonkery, about half televised and half for the Web audience only.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

What Will States Do If Federal Dollars Stop Flowing?

With Congress continuing to struggle to reach a deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling before the Aug. 2 deadline, speculation abounds about what might happen if the federal government goes into default. Many of the questions have to do with health care spending. The bottom line:  It’s a climate of uncertainty. Gail Wilensky, who ran Medicare and Medicaid during the George H.W. Bush administration told Politico last week,  “we’ve never been through anything like this” (Feder, 7/21).

With very little specific information to go on, news outlets report that state governments, in many respects, are bracing for the worst-case scenarios.


Friday, July 29th, 2011

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