Democrats Who Flipped Seats in 2018 Have a 2020 Playbook: Focus on Drug Costs & 11 more stories

Democrats Who Flipped Seats in 2018 Have a 2020 Playbook: Focus on Drug Costs, by Jennifer Steinhauer, published 2019-12-24T16:15:45Z

Top Story: House Democrats in key swing districts hope the debate over rising costs will give them a decisive advantage next year, especially in suburbs where President Trump remains unpopular.

Another factor that has highlighted the high costs of health care is the back-and-forth over Medicare for All, which has been central to the Democratic primary for the White House. The debate shines a light on total spending, said Allison K. Hoffman, an exper… [+1373 chars] [read the full story]

Why Bernie Sanders Is Tough to Beat

Sydney Ember, 2019-12-26T18:45:45Z

Overview: His supporters are loyal, and in Iowa they don’t really have eyes for anyone else.

Mr. Sanders has also mostly escaped aggressive attacks from his rivals. Other candidates have focused more on trying to stop Ms. Warren, whom they viewed as a bigger threat. On the airwaves, Mr. Buttigieg, another front-runner, has run television ads that att… [+1356 chars] [read the full story]

Andrew Yang Has The Most Conservative Health Care Plan In The Democratic Primary

Daniel Marans, 2019-12-24T22:01:14Z

Overview: But his ads still say he wants “Medicare for All.”

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has had unexpected staying power in the Democratic presidential primary thanks in part to the enthusiasm for his plan to provide every American with a basic income of $1,000 a month.
But the boldness of his signature idea only serves… [+5689 chars] [read the full story]

What About Centrist Bias?

David Leonhardt, 2019-12-22T23:38:56Z

Overview: The political midpoint is too often the media’s ideal.

The skeptical questions for the more progressive candidates, Sanders and Warren, often challenge the substance of their ideas: Are you too radical? Are you being realistic? And, by golly, how would you pay for it all?
I recently took a detailed look through … [+2413 chars] [read the full story]

Outlook for Managed-Care Stocks Brightens Despite 2020 Risks

Tatiana Darie, 2019-12-24T16:38:09Z

Overview: (Bloomberg) — The outlook for managed-care stocks next year appears bright after a tumultuous 2019.The rise and fall of Senator Elizabeth Warren in the polls for the 2020 presidential election wrecked havoc on the S&P 500 Managed Care index, which sank as mu…

(Bloomberg) — The outlook for managed-care stocks next year appears bright after a tumultuous 2019.
The rise and fall of Senator Elizabeth Warren in the polls for the 2020 presidential election wrecked havoc on the S&P 500 Managed Care index, which sank… [+6332 chars] [read the full story]

Fate of Obamacare uncertain amid tax repeals, lawsuits and Medicare-for-all push

null, 2019-12-25T19:34:37Z

Overview: Republicans have worked to chip away at the Affordable Care Act despite a lack of a viable replacement; Lauren Blanchard reports.

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NerdWallet: Surprise costs that can crush your retirement plans

Liz Weston, 2019-12-27T10:01:59Z

Overview: Anticipating these common budget-busters could help you prepare for a more comfortable retirement.

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.
Before you can safely retire, you need to know that your income will cover your expenses. But many of the following costs can catch retirees by surprise. Anticipating these common budget-busters could … [+5696 chars] [read the full story]

1 Year After Losing Its Hospital, A Rural Town Is Determined To Survive

Sarah Jane Tribble, 2019-12-26T10:01:02Z

Overview: Anger and fear have turned to pragmatic hope in the year since the people of Fort Scott, Kan., lost their hospital to corporate downsizing. A community health center remains. So far, so good.

Eliza Oliver helps her daughter, Taelyn, step down from the exam table after a wellness check at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Fort Scott, Kan. The child’s doctor now has a medical scribe to takes notes. The visit this time seemed more “p… [+11980 chars] [read the full story]

Bernie Sanders Declares Himself A Never Wine-Caver At California Rally

Mary Papenfuss, 2019-12-22T04:28:20Z

Overview: “We don’t go to rich people’s wine caves — this is a campaign of the working class, … by the working class, and for the working class,” the senator declared.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) drew a line at the chardonnay at a major California rally Saturday, declaring: “We don’t go to rich people’s wine caves.”
The declaration was the latest chapter in a battle over fundraising among the Democratic presidential candid… [+1324 chars] [read the full story]

A rising star at Andreessen Horowitz explains why companies that make drugs will start delivering healthcare in 2020

Lydia Ramsey, 2019-12-23T13:18:00Z

Overview: Andreessen Horowitz general partner Julie Yoo thinks 2020 will be the year pharmaceutical companies get into the business of providing medical care. “The next generation of therapeutic companies are going to have to build competency around care delivery and l…

In 2020, pharmaceutical companies will start to play a bigger role in how their treatments get administered. 
That’s according to Julie Yoo, Andreessen Horowitz’s newest general partner on its Bio Fund. Yoo was brought on to the team in October to focus on i… [+3618 chars] [read the full story]

Trump site aims to help people argue with “snowflake” relatives

CBSNews, 2019-12-25T04:01:38Z

Overview: “We’re not helping snowflakes avoid arguments. We’re helping Trump supporters win them!”

The Trump campaign launched a website on Christmas Eve to help the president’s supporters win arguments with their “liberal snowflake” friends and family over the holidays.
The website, aptly named snowflakevictory.com, gives Trump allies pointers for talkin… [+2063 chars] [read the full story]