Tommy Thompson, who ran HHS in the George W. Bush administration, sat down with POLITICO's Dan Diamond to discuss his tenure, his advice to his protege (and current HHS secretary) Alex Azar, his post-government work in the private sector and his views on the Trump-era political environment.
Karen Murphy, who's leading innovation efforts at Geisinger Health System and also served as an Obama administration official and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, reacts to HHS Secretary Alex Azar's remarks on value-based care. POLITICO reporters discuss the Trump administration's ongoing approach to Medicaid, the latest developments on opioids and HHS' media strategy.
Rachel Laser, the new head of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, explains why her organization is concerned by the Trump administration's rhetoric and policy moves. In a roundtable, POLITICO reporters discuss the latest changes to Obamacare, how the HHS shake-up is playing out and which state is most "important" in health care.
POLITICO reporters who broke the story about now-former CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald reveal details of their reporting about her financial conflicts and the implications of her resignation. The Advisory Board's Rob Lazerow discusses the announcement by Amazon, J.P. Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway that the three companies are moving into health care.
Karen DeSalvo, a top HHS official in the Obama administration, reflects on her time in government, how HHS has changed under Trump and some of the public health issues shaping the nation. POLITICO's Dan Diamond runs through several health care stories that got overshadowed by Congress' shutdown fight.
In a conversation recorded at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, venture capitalist Bob Kocher discusses how he makes investments, what he looks for in entrepreneurs and whether the Trump administration is helping or hurting health care business. POLITICO reporters discuss takeaways from JPM and the big health care issues looming in California.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb discusses his agency's work, why he took the job and what lies ahead in 2018. In a panel discussion, POLITICO reporters analyze Gottlieb's comments and discuss the looming issues facing FDA.
POLITICO's Paul Demko and Dan Diamond discuss their latest reporting on Obamacare and what recent political developments — with Alabama's Doug Jones and Minnesota's Tina Smith poised to join the Senate — will mean for health care. The University of Minnesota’s Sarah Gollust explains her research on ACA-related advertising, enrollment and the media.
POLITICO reporters look at Congress' progress on a year-end spending bill and Republicans' tax package, and economist Craig Garthwaite explains the Aetna-CVS deal and other major health care mergers from the week.
POLITICO's Jennifer Haberkorn and Adam Cancryn discuss their reporting on the GOP tax package, CHIP funding, the possible next HHS secretary and other stories from the week, conservative health care analyst Chris Jacobs critiques Republicans' tax legislation and the party's health care efforts, and Dan Diamond discusses the erroneous reports about Kellyanne Conway being named "opioids czar."
“William Gibson is the guy who said, ‘The future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed.’ That’s the fun part [of my job] — you can look at a whole range of stuff … is this something that’s going to emerge from the slough of despond, and how long is it going to take?”
POLITICO's Paul Demko and Sarah Karlin-Smith discuss the latest developments in the GOP tax fight, HHS nomination and other stories from the week, Dartmouth professor Brendan Nyhan explains his research into lies and myths about the ACA and health care, and Dan Diamond reflects on the passing of Uwe Reinhardt.
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) walks through his Medicare-X bill, what he'll ask the next HHS secretary and how he reacted to Tuesday night's victories by Democrats. In a bonus, Josh Peck of Get America Covered talks about ACA open enrollment.
Atul Gawande doesn't really need an introduction — but if PULSE CHECK were to provide one, it would highlight his work as a New Yorker writer, researcher, best-selling author, surgeon and founder of two non-profits. (Among other responsibilities) Atul sat down with POLITICO's Dan Diamond to discuss how he manages his schedule (starts at the 2:05 mark), his book "Being Mortal" and how he thinks its lessons have resonated (5:50), his perspective on politics and public health (11:20), his...
Aaron Carroll is making a play to be America’s doctor, or at least the physician we need to bust medical myths. The pediatrician from Indianapolis is a best-selling author of medical advice books, a featured writer in the New York Times, and even a YouTube celebrity, with more than 250,000 subscribers to his channel. So how did he do it? In a bonus episode of PULSE CHECK, Aaron joins POLITICO’s Dan Diamond to discuss his path from blogger to New York Times contributor (Starts at the 1:35...
North Carolina has been ground zero for some of 2017’s fiercest policy and political battles, including a legal fight between the Democratic governor and GOP legislature over Medicaid expansion. Enter Mandy Cohen, the state’s new HHS secretary, who says she’s a pragmatist and is focused on building bipartisan consensus for public health issues like the opioid epidemic. Cohen, who was a top CMS official in the Obama administration, joined POLITICO’s Dan Diamond to discuss what a state-level...