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Join Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, along with top health policy reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and other media outlets to discuss the latest news and explain what the health is going on here in Washington.

What the Health? Kaiser Health News

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    • 4.8, 272 Ratings

Join Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, along with top health policy reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and other media outlets to discuss the latest news and explain what the health is going on here in Washington.

    ‘Open The Schools, Close The Bars’

    ‘Open The Schools, Close The Bars’

    While COVID-19 cases continue to surge in more than half the country, the Trump administration has decided its top priority is for schools to open for in-person learning this fall. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court hands Trump a victory in a case to limit the reach of the birth control benefit under the Affordable Care Act. Joanne Kenen of Politico, Mary Ellen McIntire of CQ Roll Call and Kimberly Leonard of Business Insider join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, Rovner interviews KHN’s Sarah Varney about the latest KHN-NPR “Bill of the Month.”

    • 40 min
    High Court’s Surprising Abortion Decision

    High Court’s Surprising Abortion Decision

    In a decision that surprised both sides of the polarized abortion debate, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the deciding vote in the 5-4 ruling, saying the court should respect the precedent of a decision in 2016 striking down a nearly identical Texas law — even though Roberts said he continued to believe the Texas case was wrongly decided. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico and Jennifer Haberkorn of the Los Angeles Times join KHN’s Julie Rovner to break down what happened, what comes next and how this case could provide a clue to the one challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

    • 13 min
    The Pandemic Shifts; The Politics, Not So Much

    The Pandemic Shifts; The Politics, Not So Much

    While federal and state officials continue to wrangle over coronavirus testing, the population testing positive is skewing younger. Meanwhile, the Trump administration wins a round in court over its requirements for hospitals to publicly reveal their prices, and the fight over the fate of the Affordable Care Act heats up once again. Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post and Kimberly Leonard of Business Insider join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, Rovner interviews former Obama administration health aide Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who has written a new book comparing international health systems.

    • 49 min
    SCOTUS, Trump Collide Over Transgender Rights

    SCOTUS, Trump Collide Over Transgender Rights

    The Trump administration rolled back protections for transgender patients just days before the Supreme Court cemented LGBTQ rights under the Civil Rights Act. So, what now? Meanwhile, coronavirus politics reaches beyond health care settings. Anna Edney of Bloomberg News, Tami Luhby of CNN and Shefali Luthra of KHN join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too.

    • 29 min
    Say What? The Spread Of Coronavirus Confusion

    Say What? The Spread Of Coronavirus Confusion

    Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the public seems more confused than ever. And health officials still are not all on the same page; this week the World Health Organization had to walk back an official’s statement about how commonly the virus is spread by people without symptoms. Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post and Mary Ellen McIntire of CQ Roll Call join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, Rovner interviews Michael Mackert, a professor and health communications expert at the University of Texas at Austin, about how health information can best be translated to the public.

    • 48 min
    Protests And Pandemics

    Protests And Pandemics

    The outrage over the death of an African American man, George Floyd, after he was restrained and knelt on by Minneapolis police officers has sparked national protests, including in places where the coronavirus is still spreading. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s attempt to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization could have ramifications for Americans. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Mary Agnes Carey of KHN and Joanne Kenen of Politico join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss this and more. Also, Rovner interviews Jonathan Oberlander, a University of North Carolina health policy professor and the editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, about articles examining the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of health inequity and structural racism.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
272 Ratings

272 Ratings

emensch ,

Best podcast there is about health policy

Julie Rovner and team are great! I look forward to her podcast every Thursday where I can nerd out with them about health policy. I’ll even listen to shows twice to better understand the sometimes nuanced discussions!

rabbithutch ,

Worth the listen

I have read many of the comments. There is always bias and this program is no different but there is a lot of factual information about health care policy presented and it’s a very accessible. It’s your obligation as a citizen of this country to find points of view. The topics are current. It’s what is politically going right now. The program leans towards the “progressive” side but there is nothing wrong with that when it comes to one’s health. Whatever your bias is, the program is worth the listen each week to stay informed and current on health care issues.

Laumau46 ,

Just too hard 😭

Medicare for all will never happen! They like to highlight how messed up our dysfunctional health system is but conclude with how hard it would be to change so it won’t. One of them usually has an anecdote for when they went to their doctor blah blah blah...lucky must be nice.

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