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A combination photo shows U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) in Los Angeles, California on May 5, 2016 and in Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on May 6, 2016 respectively. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (L) and Jim Urquhart/File Photos

Network Evening Newscasts Have Abandoned Policy Coverage For 2016 Campaign

Since the beginning of 2016, ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News have devoted just 32 minutes to issues coverage. Just eight years ago, the network newscasts devoted 220 minutes to issues coverage.

October 27, 2016
Lisa Collinsworth (R) holds her baby son Luke during a visit with him at Lily's Place, a treatment center for opioid-dependent newborns in Huntington, West Virginia, October 19, 2015. Picture taken October 19, 201REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Opioid Epidemic Costs Health Care System Billions

Fatalities related to opioids are rising drastically — in 2014, about 18,893 overdose deaths in the U.S. were related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 deaths were related to heroin. A new study reported that prescription opioid overdose, abuse, and dependence in the U.S. has cost more than lives; it has added up to an estimated total economic burden of $78.5 billion.

September 19, 2016
The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, California February 5, 2015. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

Obamacare Under President Hillary Clinton

We may be getting ahead of ourselves assuming that Hillary Clinton will be next president, but let’s proceed on that (comforting) notion. Few are better prepared to preserve and improve upon the Affordable Care Act than Clinton, who’s long immersed herself in health care policy.

August 12, 2016
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders holds up his notes while speaking about his attempts to influence the Democratic party's platform during a speech in Albany, New York, U.S., June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

How Bernie Sanders Made A Meaningless Procedural Document Matter

The Democratic counterparts first met in mid-June to find common ground, in a reportedly tense meeting during which Clinton reportedly asked what it would take to land an endorsement from the Vermont Senator

July 11, 2016
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) takes questions at a news conference after his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Washington, US, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

House Speaker Ryan Unveils Republican Alternative To Obamacare

The Ryan plan recycles long-held Republican proposals like allowing consumers to buy health insurance across state lines, expanding the use of health savings accounts and giving states block grants to run the Medicaid program for the poor.

June 22, 2016
The crowd cheers as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Fort Collins

Sanders Must Level With His Young Voters

Here’s the thing about these right-leaning activists: Sometimes they have a candidate they adore. Sometimes they don’t. But they vote.

March 1, 2016
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Sanders’ Single-Payer Plan Is A Distraction

The problem with Bernie Sanders’ health care vision isn’t the vision. The problem is the politics — the reality of which battle-scarred Hillary Clinton clearly has the better grasp.

January 19, 2016
U.S. Speaker of the House Ryan holds news conference on Syrian refugee bill on Capitol Hill in Washington

In Congress, Expect Renewed Battles On Refugees, Guns And Health Care

Anything Obama does, Republicans will pounce.

January 6, 2016
A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York

Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit Against Ohio Department Of Health

Planned Parenthood has field a lawsuit in U.S. District Court aimed at protecting access to safe and legal abortions for women in Ohio.

December 15, 2015
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Health Systems Are Dipping Into The Business Of Selling Insurance

In addition to treating what ails you, a number of health care systems aim to sell you a health insurance plan to pay for it.

November 19, 2015
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A Looming Tax On High-End Health Plans Draws Fire From Many Sides

What this means: consumers are likely to pay more out-of-pocket for healthcare.

October 20, 2015
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Jeb Bush’s Unfortunate “LIE” Sign

A bunch of people have noticed a problem with Jeb Bush’s setup for his big speech on health care.

October 13, 2015
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How To Get Sicker, Die Sooner, And Pay More For It

Our system is less fair, less efficient, makes us less healthy and gives us shorter lives.

September 24, 2015
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Obamacare After Obama

Obamacare now seems safe. Its imperfections well-documented, it remains a work in progress. But whoever is the next president should be grateful to have a universal health care program on which to build

September 22, 2015
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to a small crowd at Cass Screw Machine Company on Aug. 18, 2015 in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Walker announced his "Day One Plan" to replace Obamacare. (Glenne Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Walker Offers Obamacare Alternative As He Tries To Regain Footing In GOP Race

Walker’s plan is missing many key details, including specifics on how he would pay for it.

August 18, 2015
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Add Bite To Your Retirement Dental Plan

Retirees transitioning to Medicare are often surprised to learn that the program does not cover routine dental care or more complex procedures.

August 7, 2015
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Hillary Clinton Meets With Health Care Workers

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told home health aides that raising the minimum wage is a central part of her campaign’s economic agenda.

August 7, 2015
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The 5 Worst States For Women’s Health

Five states with the highest rates of teen pregnancy, female homicide, women living in poverty, and limited health care access.

July 31, 2015
A member of the French Red Cross disinfects the area around a motionless person suspected of carrying the Ebola virus as a crowd gathers in Forecariah

Vaccine Success Holds Hope For End To Deadly Scourge Of Ebola

A recent trial in Guinea found an Ebola vaccine to have been 100 percent effective.

July 31, 2015
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Republican Governors Buck Party Tenets To Seek Expanded Medicaid

Republican governors are pressing forward to expand Medicaid even after being stymied by lawmakers in their own party.

July 30, 2015
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Jeb Bush Keeps Clarifying: He Wants To Replace Medicare

Repeating himself, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush reiterated a talking point about social spending that some question.

July 24, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the recent Iran nuclear deal during a news conference at the White House in Washington

5 Reasons Barack Obama May Be Having The Best Year Of Any Recent President

Republicans hated — and tried to obstruct — President Obama from his first day in office. Nevertheless, he has achieved much of what he set out to do. And it’s worth noting just how much Obama achieved in the last year alone.

July 20, 2015
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Too Many People Still Go To The ER

Health reforms aside, unnecessary use of emergency departments continues to waste medical resources.

June 23, 2015
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Blame Congress If Obamacare Subsidies Die

It took a sloppy Democratic Congress and an intractable Republican one, working six years apart, to bring Obamacare to its knees.

June 18, 2015
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California Budget Deal Grants Health Coverage To Children In U.S. Illegally

Immigrant children who are in the country illegally would receive public health care coverage in California under a budget deal announced Tuesday.

June 17, 2015