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Health Headlines for Monday, August 13

The perils of single-payer health care in New York State

Newsday Editorial

The New York Health Act, which would launch state-financed single-payer health care in New York, has passed in the state Assembly four years in a row but gotten nowhere in the Senate. But the politics of the moment are creating serious talk around this revolutionary idea.

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The cosmically huge ‘if’ of Medicare for all

Washington Post

IMAGINE A world in which the rosy assumptions Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) makes on behalf of his “Medicare for all” health-care plan turn out to be true.

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New Medicare drug pricing rule — a small ‘step’ in the right direction

The Hill

The Trump administration’s most recent effort to fight high prices for prescription drugs takes a small step in the right direction.

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The Large Hidden Costs of Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

New York Times

At a glance, Medicare’s prescription drug program — also called Medicare Part D — looks like the perfect example of a successful public-private partnership.

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The US opioid crisis has ‘peaked,’ says one of the nation’s leading health-care authorities


The opioid epidemic in the United States has “peaked,” says Dr. Toby Cosgrove, one of the nation’s leading voices on health-care reform.

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Action begins toward lowering drug prices

Watertown Daily Times

Three months after President Donald Trump announced his blueprint to bring down drug prices, administration officials have begun putting some teeth behind the rhetoric.

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