Category: National Journal

Tobacco Lobby Opens a New Playbook for E-Cigarettes

April 18th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, National Journal, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

One e-cigarette maker markets a flavor called “Congress,” with a website displaying a photo of the Capitol and describing the taste as “refined tobacco.”…

Expert quote:

“Essentially this is a big victory for the big tobacco companies. They can claim correctly that they comply with FDA standards. And it also detracts Congress from passing real regulation that would deal with tobacco.”

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Can Obamacare Avoid a Consumer Rebellion?

February 26th, 2014 in 2014, Austin Frakt, National Journal, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

When Obamacare handed insurance companies millions of compulsory customers, it also handed them a reminder of one of their industry’s toughest realities: Consumers want low premiums, and they want to see any doctor they want. And it’s impossible to give them both…

Expert quote:

“People don’t like to hear ‘no,’ and this is saying ‘no.’ ”

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Clamor Over Obamacare Enrollee Data Seen as Much Ado About Nothing

November 6th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, National Journal, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

There’s one small problem with the Obamacare enrollment figures the Obama administration is under so much pressure to release: They’re nearly useless…

Expert quote:

“It just doesn’t tell you the real story.’

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The Fed’s Last Troublemaker

October 31st, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, National Journal, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

When Daniel Tarullo arrived at the Federal Reserve Board in January 2009, the economy was still in a free fall…

Expert quote:

“If the whole purpose of Dodd-Frank was to eliminate this concept of too-big-to-fail and you judge it by that standard, then it’s a failure. If I had to give it a grade, I’d give it a D.”

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Accountable Care Organizations: A Health Experiment in Progress

October 10th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, National Journal, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

A patient goes to the doctor’s office with vague back pain…

Expert quote:

“I understand why Medicare is promoting ACOs. But, because they encourage provider integration, which could lead to higher prices and premiums, I do not understand why private insurers would be.”

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Narrow-Network Health Plans Expected to Proliferate Under Obamacare

October 10th, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, National Journal, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

The health care industry has revived a variation on a widely derided product and proclaimed it a fresh, urgently needed innovation…

Expert quote:

“[C]onsumers will not like it, in general. In exchange for significantly lower premiums, maybe enough will.”

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Elizabeth Warren Faces Balancing Act

November 14th, 2012 in 2012, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, National Journal, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

Elizabeth Warren, the Senate’s newest star, arrived at the Capitol on Wednesday for new-member orientation with a reputation as a champion for consumers and the strong backing of liberal Democrats…

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An ‘Evangelical Disaster’: What Happened to the Religious Vote?

November 13th, 2012 in 2012, Centers & Institutes in the News, National Journal, Newsmakers, Peter Berger 0 comments

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Peter Berger, Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs

Ever since Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, evangelicals have been a powerful political force…

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Candidates Don’t Always Get Winning Narratives Out of Conventions

August 25th, 2012 in 2012, College of General Studies, National Journal, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Every four years at their conventions, presidential candidates get a few days to present their lives and aspirations exactly the way they want their stories to be told…

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In Praise of Price-Fixing

March 19th, 2012 in 2012, Alan Sager, National Journal, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Alan Sager, School of Public Health

Early this month, the International Federation of Health Plans issued a graphic reminder of why health care costs are so much higher in the United States than in the rest of the world: the prices…

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