Although the country remains in the run-up period to the political conventions, it is already clear that health care is going to play a very different and smaller role in the primaries and in the presidential election than it has in previous years. Final decisions about both the platforms and the candidates for each party…

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Gail Wilensky is a senior fellow at Project HOPE. She directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs from 1990 to 1992 and was a senior health and welfare adviser to President George H.W. Bush. Updated January 12, 2016, 3:22 AM In health care, President Obama’s legacy is clear — the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Of greater relevance to…

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Gail Wilensky is a senior fellow at  Project HOPE. She directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs from 1990 to 1992 and was a senior health and welfare adviser to President George H.W. Bush. Updated January 12, 2016, 3:22 AM In health care, President Obama’s legacy is clear — the passage of the Affordable Care Act.…

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HEALTH CARE SPENDING FOR 2014 IN THE UNITED STATES INCREASED BY 5. 3 PERCENT , ACCORDING TO A RECENT REPORT FROM THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES (CMS ) NATIONAL HEALTH EXPENDITURE ACCOUNTS TEAM. The report, published in the December issue of Health Affairs, notes that total spending on health care was $3 trillion,…

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