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Margot Sanger-Katz
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Health Care Correspondent at The Upshot at The New York Times.
Health Care Correspondent at The Upshot at The New York Times.

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You're looking at the biggest story on the federal budget. http://nyti.ms/1nBwH0p

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Even with a federal law like Obamacare, state policy really matters. Some states have embraced the Affordable Care Act wholeheartedly, and others have rejected any optional provision. New state level polling shows us the results. http://nyti.ms/XBoKSn

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Healthy countries spend more on social services than health care. That's no coincidence, says Elizabeth Bradley of Yale, whose new book explains how the U.S. spends so much and still has such awful population health. Our Q&A:  http://bit.ly/NwUsLd 

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Despite all the recent Obamacare delay news, it will take a huge calamity to prevent an on-time launch of Exchanges on October 1. (That doesn't mean it will be pretty.) My story: http://bit.ly/134ZNh0

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The recent delays in the implementation of health reform shouldn't be a big surprise. The Obama administration gave up on a by-the-book launch months ago. My stories, from today: http://bit.ly/185961Y and April: http://bit.ly/18598H9

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The most effective treatment for "pre-diabetes" is not a pill, surgery, or medical visit. It's a class at the @YMCA. The organization's successful diabetes prevention program proves that health care doesn't have to come from a doctor. http://bit.ly/18GRHjq 

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When the Supreme Court decided the Obamacare case last June, its ruling was seen as a huge win for the president. But a year later, it’s increasingly clear that the Court's ruling is punching a major hole in the law’s primary ambition—expanding health insurance coverage to poor Americans who lack it. My story: http://bit.ly/18n1vPy

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Instead of skimping on the most expensive care, Wal-Mart is sending its workers to top-tier hospitals. Turns out, it’s a great way to save money. My story on the retail giant's unconventional approach to lowering its health care costs: http://bit.ly/19jixfh

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President Obama acknowledged reality today when he said that the rollout of the health reform law is going to be interrupted by “glitches and bumps.”  But if the past is any indication, an initial spate of difficulties or bad headlines won't alone spell failure.

The best case study for what might happen in the early months of Obamacare is the launch of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit in 2006. Read my stories about why that experience suggests we'll be in for a very bumpy ride next year: http://bit.ly/11ztALH And why that may not spell doom for the long-term success of Obamacare: http://bit.ly/ZUIw8P

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Cancer doctors have gotten a lot of attention for their claim that a 2 percent cut in their reimbursement makes it too expensive for them to treat ailing patients. A closer look at their business model shows that many can absorb the cut--but not all. The disparity highlights the weird system Medicare uses to pay oncologists. It's one that perversely encourages the most expensive treatments in the most expensive settings. http://bit.ly/ZKu7J7
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