Michael Botticelli, who ran the White House's Office of National Drug Policy, took a public health approach to fighting widespread opioid abuse and said that Trump's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act could compromise anti-addiction efforts.
Insurer competition varied widely within states, with the most dramatic differences between urban and rural areas. The more populated regions tended to have more insurance competition and better-priced plans than rural areas.
Any new health law needs substantial revenue to replace the Cadillac tax as well as ACA taxes on health insurers, medical devices and high-income households that paid for care expansion -- assuming those measures are repealed. Otherwise, it risks stranding the millions getting government-subsidized Obamacare coverage.
The President-elect also gave the post a higher level of importance than it has had in the past, thereby signaling Trump's focus on cybersecurity, from IoT attacks to ransomware plaguing the healthcare industry.
Along with vowing to overturn the Affordable Care Act, Republicans pledged to repeal the taxes that Democrats intended to pay for the law. Without that funding, the government will have far less money to spend on whatever they opt for as a replacement.
Nearly all families in which a parent was offered coverage accepted it for the parent, but only about three-quarters of children in the sample were covered by their parents' employer-sponsored plan, a study in Health Affairs found.