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Unholy Alliances: Will The Tea Party Join Sen. Warren’s Treasury Crusade?

December 15th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law, Talking Points Memo 0 comments

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

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) all-out push to defeat the Obama administration’s nominee for undersecretary of the Treasury for domestic policy has caused fissures among both Republicans and Democrats…

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“I don’t think you can separate it from the vote yesterday on the spending resolution. In other words I think that not just for the liberal Democrats but for many moderate Democrats — and I’m one of them I guess — this nomination, combined with Obama’s backtracking on Dodd-Frank represents the administration’s total capitulation to the largest banks on the most important issue of the day which is whether they should be restructured.”

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GOP, Insurers Bully Dems Into Retreat On Medicare Cuts

April 14th, 2014 in 2014, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Talking Points Memo 0 comments

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Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

Last week, the Obama administration surrendered to intense lobbying pressure from the insurance industry and members of both parties in Congress, turning a proposed pay cut to Medicare private plans into a raise…

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“It’s not like these cuts don’t have an effect. I think they matter, but they’re not going to kill the program by any stretch. The program is growing. It’s thriving.”

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New GOP Plan Makes Everything They Hate About Obamacare Even Worse

January 28th, 2014 in 2014, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, Talking Points Memo 0 comments

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Austin Frakt, School of Medicine, School of Public Health

For the last couple months, the Republican critique of Obamacare has been founded on President Barack Obama’s broken promise: “If you like your health plan, you can keep it.” It was a pledge that the health care reform law wouldn’t disrupt the existing insurance system, that those satisfied with the status quo would be protected from any unwanted intrusion…

Expert quote:

“Just through natural market dynamics, many of the plans that those folks are in would probably go away. They just couldn’t compete. It’d be very disruptive, and I’d be surprised that anybody would admit that at this stage. But the fact of the matter is, after it’s all said and done, it’s going to be disruptive. Any change will be — and this is just as large a change, if not larger, than the ACA.”

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What Zimmerman Tells Us About Domestic Abuse

November 19th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, Talking Points Memo 0 comments

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The details of new domestic violence allegations against George Zimmerman are horrifying: He allegedly pointed a gun at the woman known only as his girlfriend…

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Red State Dems Push Reforms That Would Damage Obamacare

November 2nd, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Talking Points Memo 0 comments

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Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

A trio of face-saving changes to Obamacare proposed by conservative Democratic senators would do significant damage to the law, according to health policy experts…

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“An open enrollment extension merely offsets a period in early 2014 during which enrollment was essentially impossible due to website woes. Not much room for harm there.”

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How Romney’s Voucher System Could Unravel Medicare

October 26th, 2012 in 2012, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Talking Points Memo 0 comments

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Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

The premise of the Romney-Ryan plan to convert Medicare into a voucher system is that private insurance plans would compete with traditional government-run Medicare to drive down costs and improve care for seniors…

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Romney Floats One-Time Amnesty For Preexisting Conditions

October 11th, 2012 in 2012, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Talking Points Memo 0 comments

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Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

Mitt Romney is still trying to convince voters that his health care plan, which includes repealing the Affordable Care Act, will protect people with preexisting medical conditions…

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Is It Even 15%?

January 18th, 2012 in 2012, Daniel Berman, Newsmakers, School of Law, Talking Points Memo 0 comments

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Daniel Berman, School of Law

A very interesting nugget down deep in this Reuters piece on Romney’s taxes…

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