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The G.O.P.'s health care death spiral

New York Times Op-Ed, January 17, 2017
Last week, President-elect Donald J. Trump called Obamacare "a complete and total disaster," and pushed for a swift repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement within weeks. But at the moment, there is no workable replacement. So what happens to the individual insurance market — whose problems did not start with the Affordable Care Act and will not be easily solved — when it is destabilized so dramatically? Read more »

At Middlesex jail, a sheriff's program worth praising

Boston Globe, January 14, 2017
A couple weeks ago, the sheriff of Bristol County got a lot of attention when he offered to send some of the inmates in his care to help build a wall along the Mexican border. The idea was preposterous, impractical, and highly politicized, so of course it got a lot of publicity, generating all sorts of heat and very little light. Read more »

The reality of repealing the Affordable Care Act

Boston Globe Op-Ed by Sylvia Burwell, January 9, 2017
This week, Congress aims to take steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act without proposing a replacement. If Congress and the new administration take that path, it will have enormous consequences for the future of health care in America — and for Americans like Elizabeth Hand, a writer and mom of two children in rural Maine. Elizabeth says the Affordable Care Act saved her about $4,000 in her first year of coverage — and possibly her life. Read more »

Massachusetts' low jobless rate comes with caveat

Portland Press Herald, January 7, 2017
BOSTON = Few would suggest that Massachusetts' unemployment rate dropping below 3 percent, as it did in November for the first time in more than 15 years, is a bad thinG. Read more »

The Vertical Farm

The New Yorker, January 7, 2017
. 212 Rome Street, in Newark, New Jersey, used to be the address of Grammer, Dempsey & Hudson, a steel-supply company. It was like a lumberyard for steel, which it bought in bulk from distant mills and distributed in smaller amounts, mostly to customers within a hundred-mile radius of Newark. Read more »

The GOP's health care follies

Boston Globe Editorial, January 6, 2017
After years of pointless votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, congressional Republicans will soon have an opportunity to do so for real — with a strong likelihood that incoming president Donald Trump will affix his signature to their effort. What the GOP doesn’t have, however, is a credible alternative plan. During the campaign, candidate Trump promised that he would replace Obamacare with something much better and much less expensive, but which covers everyone. Read more »

In a Byzantine health system, navigators help at-risk patients find their way

statnews.com, January 4, 2017
CHELSEA, Mass. - Ms. P needed a colonoscopy. She’d been losing weight and had noticed blood in her stool; both are red flags for colon cancer. Yet after her doctor delivered that news, she didn’t book the procedure for weeks. Read more »

Obamacare sign-Ups reach 8.8 nillion as repeal efforts start

Bloomberg, January 4, 2017
Obamacare sign-ups for 2017 coverage rose about 2.3 percent from the same time last year, as efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform begin in Congress. Read more »

Community Health Center adds two new board members

Cape Cod Today, January 3, 2017
Community Health Center of Cape Cod is excited to welcome two new members to their Board of Directors: Otis M. Porter and Robert C. Anderson Read more »