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Centers for Damage Control

Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish quotes TCF fellow Harold Pollack’s defense of the CDC.

Despite the CDC’s budget problems and its recent stumbles, it is a more effective, better-led organization than it was during the Bush years, when five out of six former agency directors publicly criticized the CDC’s managerial hijinks, low morale and lapses from scientific integrity. At that time, the CDC ranked 189th out of 222 federal agencies in workforce morale. It now ranks 49th out of 300 federal agencies on such measures. That’s a striking improvement.

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Tags: the dish, ebola, cdc, andrew sullivan

Fleischer sides with Obama’s pen pushers on inversions

TCF fellow, Edward D. Kleinbard has been quoted in a Politico article about the corporate tax rate. 

The former JCT chief of staff and University of Southern California law professor weighs in on Corporate America's argument that the 35 percent corporate tax rate is driving U.S. firms to offshore havens, in a paper that will soon appear in Tax Notes.

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Tags: tax rules, tax inversions, corporate taxes, corporate

The best cancer care isn’t always the most expensive

TCF fellow Harold Pollack analyzes for Wonkblog the Institute of Medicine's new report, "Delivering high-quality cancer care: charting a new course for a system in crisis." The IOM's recommendations, Pollack writes, "are so obvious and yet would be so difficult to execute in our high-tech but unwieldy, costly and fragmented health-care delivery system."

"The IOM  makes plain that our cancer care system is particularly poorly organized to properly care for people with advanced cancers."

Your Household Lost Seven Thousand Dollars Last Year. Where Did It Go?

Research from policy associate Benjamin Landy made its way to the Huffington Post this week to showcase the links between household income, health insurance, and poverty. Richard (RJ) Eskow, writer and senior fellow at the Campaign for America's Future, discusses this further: 

"We're inundated with economic numbers every day, so let's just consider that one figure for a moment: Seven thousand dollars. Actually, the statistics tell us that the figure for your household is probably even larger than that. The average under-65 household in the United States has lost $7,490 in annual income since the year 2000, according to 2012 census data."

Tags: richard eskow, income inequality, huffington post, healthcare reform, healthcare, health insurance, benjamin landy, annual income

How to get help if your state isn’t expanding Medicaid

TCF fellow Harold Pollack quoted in The Reporter, a local Pennsylvania news outlet, on the problems people will face if they are ineligible for Medicaid and cannot afford subsidies. “This is a perverse situation where people may have to break rules to get health care coverage that the law intended to provide them,” Pollack says in reference to the possibility that applicants will overestimate their incomes. 

It’s Not the Age Bands, It’s the Medical Underwriting

TCF fellow Harold Pollack for Washington Monthly on the health reform proposal offered last week by health policy experts at the American Enterprise Institute. "The AEI authors," Pollack writes, "don’t say much about the legal, regulatory, and competitive realities of how an overtly risk-rated insurance system would actually function." 


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