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Behind the Challenges to Universal Health Coverage

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses why political reality and the diverse makeup of the remaining uninsured population mean that the likeliest path to universal coverage is a multi-step approach.

Searching for Savings in Medicare Drug Price Negotiations

In response to higher drug spending growth and heightened attention to drug prices, some policymakers and presidential candidates are proposing to allow Medicare to negotiate the price of prescription drugs. This issue brief provides a short history of this proposal, describes various approaches, and assessments of their potential savings from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and considers the prospects for action in the future.

Candidate Policy Plans Resonate More With Democrats. Here’s Why.

As primary election voting approaches, Drew Altman examines whether there is a difference between Democratic and Republican voters when it comes to how much they care about candidates’ policy plans. Read his latest column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, “Candidate Policy Plans Resonate More With Democrats. Here’s Why.”

What’s the Political Power of Those Newly Insured Under Obamacare?

  With 17 million people newly-insured since 2014, Drew Altman’s latest column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank takes a look at whether they will make an impact in the first presidential election since Affordable Care Act enrollment began. All previous columns by Drew Altman are online.

Why Painkiller Addiction and Abuse Are Rising Health-Care Priorities

In his latest column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman uses new polling to explore why painkiller abuse and addiction is rising as a health issue among state and federal policymakers. All previous columns by Drew Altman are available online.

Health Care and the 2016 Debates

In his latest column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses the lack of attention to health in the primary debates and last week’s Democratic forum in South Carolina. All previous columns by Drew Altman are available online.