Zachary Piaker  //  1/14/18  //  Topic Update


The end of individual mandate hurts the wealthy, explains Nick Bagley at The Incidental Economist.

The Trump Administration always planned on taking apart Obamacare, writes Jennifer Haberkorn at Politico.

Insurers who decided to stick with Obamacare after a tumultuous 2017 are likely to have a relatively profitable year, despite “doomsday” warnings from Republicans (The Hill).

Experts warn that a Trump Administration proposal to allow more flexibility to small businesses who band together to buy health insurance could undermine the stability of the ObamaCare marketplace (The Hill).

Obamacare’s pre-existing conditions provisions diminish quality and are politically unpopular, claims Michael Cannon in a two-part series excepted at Cato.

The president’s declaration of an opioid emergency has changed absolutely nothing, says Brianna Ehly at Politico.

The Trump Administration has adopted a Medicare model startlingly similar to the Obama-era one it rejected (NYT).

  • The Wall Street Journal analyzes the mixed messages sent by the Trump Administration regarding Medicaid and Medicare.

President Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary told lawmakers his experience as a drug executive makes him uniquely qualified to rein in drug costs (Politico).

President Trump signed an Executive Order that calls on agencies to develop a mental-health program for veterans (WashPo, WSJ).


Updates | The Week of February 19, 2018

2/25/18  //  Daily Update

Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a new charge against Paul Manafort while Richard Gates pled guilty. Meanwhile, President Trump's proposal to arm teachers drew controversy in Washington.

Jacob Miller

Harvard Law School

Updates | The Week of February 5, 2018

2/11/18  //  Daily Update

The Nunes memo set off aftershocks; agencies scrambled to implement the Trump Administration's policies to mixed effect; and Congress passes a budget after a brief overnight shutdown.

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

Idaho has proposed regulations that would allow insurance companies to offer plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act. It is unclear whether the Department of Health and Human Services will intervene. The Senate confirmed former drug company executive Alex M. Azar II as the new secretary of Health and Human Services.