Health, Politics

Why is the Budget Deal All Bad for Obamacare?

While the cable networks wrapped up their most recent Republican debate coverage, House Speaker Paul Ryan released the details on legislation that would keep the lights on in the federal government through 2016. The late-night release of what is supposed to be the first major legislative accomplishment under the newly minted speaker may have been […]

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Health, Politics

How Policy Will Trip Up Outsiders Like Carson and Trump

Policy wonks often grumble about the negligible role policy plays in the election process. Events like debates and speeches do little to encourage candidates to talk in detail about their policy proposals or give voters the tools to judge which proposals are most effective. The 2016 Republican primary may signify the low point of policy’s […]

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Gender, Politics

How Carly Fiorina’s Super PAC Made Her the Feminist Candidate

Last week’s GOP debate again reshaped the field of candidates vying for the Republican nomination. Political pundits and polls largely agreed that Carly Fiorina is on the rise while Jeb Bush is fading as voters look towards outsider candidates. But beneath the headlines, Carly Fiorina made a subtle shift in how she defines herself as […]

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Uncategorized

Public Purpose Live: Five Things to Know About Human Trafficking

Tonight, American University’s SPA Policy Forum will host Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca for a discussion on Human Trafficking, an increasingly important international human rights issue in a globalized world.  Here’s five things you might not know about this issue to warm up for tonight’s discussion. 1. There are nearly twice as many slaves today as were brought […]

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Health

Lessons from Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Expansion

The Obamacare Medicaid expansion became less of a political football last month as Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett struck a deal with the Obama administration to expand the state’s low income health care program.  Pennsylvania is the latest in a series of Republican-led states to accept one of the central aspects of Obamacare after negotiating […]

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