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Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This week in Tarbell For-profit hospitals & M4A: Massive investor-led health group Tenet Healthcare dropped $630,000 into the shady Partnership for America's Health Care Future, and they'll likely be gearing up more as public interest in Medicare for...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week in Tarbell Doctors are quick to prescribe pre- or follow-up appointments for any condition or operation: routine X-rays, EKGs, vitamin D testing, you name it. But these seemingly helpful, or at least innocuous, "cascade" procedures are...
This week in tarbell Before he left his post as Iowa's Governor to become U.S. ambassador to China, Terry Branstad pushed the state to privatize Medicaid, claiming that outsourcing the public health care for low income and disabled Iowans would save the state and taxpayers money. Yet so far, the program...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here.   This Week In Tarbell "Keep what's working" has been the key rallying cry that keeps Democrats from embracing Medicare For All, implying that some Americans still love their private insurance and would not want to end it with...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell “Even if there were a Democratic president — frankly even if there were a Democratic Senate and a Democratic House — I don’t think the Sanders version of ‘Medicare for All’ is going...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. this week in Tarbell Patients aren't expected to understand the intricacies of the operation they are undergoing. But they should at least understand how experienced their surgeon is, columnist Trudy Lieberman writes. Click Here To Read The Story –...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week in Tarbell Happy holidays! Nothing new this week! But we are getting toward the end of our fundraising drive, where all donations are doubled by the generous team at NewsMatch. If you're looking for better coverage of policy,...
Sign up for Under the Influence, here! this week in tarbell On the surface, selecting a hospital with a large research budget might seem like a way to ensure the best quality care. But when picking the best place to have a procedure, wouldn't you rather know that hospital's readmission or...
Judge Amy Coney Barrett says she'd base rulings about health insurance on how "the founders" might have intended. This might make sense if health insurance companies actually existed then. As a former insurance executive, here's why her approach is laughable when it comes to health care. 
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Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell While many first-term Democrats entered the House of Representatives promising health care reform, there are still members among them accepting large donations from representatives of the health care industry. This week, I published an...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell Nothing to report now, but we're launching a new series, "The Cost of Doing Business", very soon! notable reporting and Solutions Faith-based organizations have embarked on a coordinated campaign to allow adoption centers to discriminate on...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell The health industry — from insurance and pharma to whole health systems —has become dominated by just a few gigantic companies. And though the government has finally started to stall or block certain mergers,...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell Pharmaceutical manufacturers Amgen and Astellas were caught by the Federal Trade Commission for using their so-called charitable assistance to score kickbacks out of the Medicare system. The companies were fined millions of dollars, but...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week in Tarbell Where's the change: Among the viral hashtags and debate commentary, more and more Americans are tweeting out their outrageous, unaffordable health care bills. This week, Trudy Lieberman argues that this is a sign that...
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Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This Week In Tarbell The same 20 Big Health companies that unloaded whopping 2018 congressional contributions are already playing a big role in the 2020 fundraising campaigns. Tarbell analyzed where UnitedHealth, Eli Lilly and other big investors...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here. This week in Tarbell Meals on Wheels deflating: The number of senior citizens who need support from federal nutrition programs is rising, but the funding for these programs has steadily declined. Trudy Lieberman returns this week to explore...
I’m not in the habit of wishing bad things to happen to anybody, but yesterday, when I was at the pharmacy counter, I was wishing every member of Congress would have to experience the same insanity I was experiencing. If they did, they just might do something to fix...
Get the latest on influence straight to your inbox! Subscribe to our newsletter here.   This Week In Tarbell What role does private insurance have in a true single-payer or Medicare For All scenario? In his new column on Tarbell, UC-San Francisco health policy professor emeritus James G. Kahn argues that it would...