What’s Voting Got to Do with It?

“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.”

After the vote to adopt the American Health Care Act, Congressional Democrats taunted their colleagues with that chant on the assumption that many of the Republican supporters had just jeopardized their jobs.

But did they really risk re-election?

“It’s too early to tell. It looks really bad right now … but it’s a long way to the election,” says Morgan Hook, a senior vice president at SKD Knickerbocker, who is actively involved with Democratic candidates. Continue reading “What’s Voting Got to Do with It?”

EXTRA EXTRA: Medicaid Monte in New York

Bill Hammond thought he was out, but he got pulled back into Poozer Politics.

For this emergency episode, Hammond provided analysis of a proposed amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that would shift the Medicaid burden in New York. He shed light on a  version of this proposal from former-Gov. Mario Cuomo, provided background on Medicaid in New York and speculated about the potential winners and losers in the state if the amendment is adopted (Hint: It’s being pushed by upstate members of Congress).

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Diagnosing New York

Bill Hammond is the director of health policy for the Empire Center for Public Policy.

He came on the show to talk about the impact of the American Health Care Act on New York, with a focus on shifting costs and changes in coverage. Bill also highlighted the challenges of implementing single-payer health insurance, benefits of “Obamacare” and a potential abortion regulation that could cost New York a lot of federal aid. Continue reading “Diagnosing New York”