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What Andrew Sullivan's exit says about the future of blogging

vox.com — Andrew Sullivan is leaving blogging. Crap. Sullivan basically invented the political blogosphere. So his (temporary?) retirement is giving rise to many a "Blogging Is Dead" column. But blogging isn't dead. I know, because I read a lot of blogs these days, and they're fantastic.

Exhibit Of The Month: California’s Hospital Fair Pricing Act Reduces Amount Paid By Uninsured

One chart that explains Obama’s new economic plan

vox.com — President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union was different than all his other State of the Unions. Obama, for the first time, offered an economic plan that wasn't really about unemployment. And if you want to know why, look at the chart above.

Achieving Shared Decision-Making In Women’s Health

healthaffairs.org — The frustrating labor and delivery experience shared by physician and ethicist Carla Keirns in her Narrative Matters essay, " Watching The Clock: A Mother's Hope For A Natural Birth In A Cesarean Culture," published in the January issue of Health Affairs, was unfortunate. That is not debatable.

Where Have All The Inpatients Gone? A Regional Study With National Implications

healthaffairs.org — As a result of unsustainable costs and an inordinate share of gross domestic product, the U.S. health care system has a new business model-one that is transforming the delivery system from hospital-centric sick care to a super outpatient model that will emphasize community-based care.

Politicians love the middle class. They just don’t know what it is.

vox.com — There is no group of Americans as revered by politicians and pundits as "the middle class." Pity, then, that no one actually knows who is in the middle class. We can define the poor, or at least something close to it: it's individuals and families living below the official poverty line, which was, in 2014, $11,670 for a single adult and $23,850 for a family of four.

Bill Gates explains why Breaking Bad proves the world is getting smarter

vox.com — Ezra Klein: We've just gone through this year that felt, to many in America at least, like this unrelenting march of horrible news. We saw Ebola rampage through West Africa, we saw a caliphate establish itself in the Middle East, we saw Boko Haram kidnapping women in Nigeria.

Early Evidence On Medicare ACOs And Next Steps For The Medicare ACO Program

healthaffairs.org — Note: Pratyusha Katikaneni and Carmen Diaz also contributed to this post. They are both research assistants at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, The Brookings Institution. On December 1, CMS released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), which requests feedback for changes CMS is considering for the Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) programs in 2016 and beyond.

If you have a penny to your name, you’re "wealthier" than 30% of the human race combined

vox.com — In recent days, there's been a startling statistic going around. The number comes from Oxfam, and warns that the combined wealth of the richest one percent will pass that of the other 99 percent next year, at least if current trends hold. The statistic has been reported in the Guardian, the New York Times, and FiveThirtyEight, among others.

The 6 most important sentences from Obama's State of the Union

vox.com — In every State of the Union since Barack Obama took office, he has offered policy built for an emergency. But not this time. The video above explains the six most important sentences in Obama's 2015 State of the Union address and how his agenda shifts as the crises recede.
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Jan 30, 2015

Republicans announce plan to generously subsidize Obamacare in blue states: bit.ly/16N53vs

Jan 30, 2015

The 17 best and worst Super Bowl halftime shows, ranked: bit.ly/1uJ61y6 I would've put Madonna higher

Jan 30, 2015

A third Mitt Romney presidential campaign is a great idea: vox.com/2015/1/22/7869…

Jan 30, 2015

Great piece on the strange history and complex politics of Saudi Arabia: bit.ly/1EueWfw

Jan 30, 2015

Some thoughts on Andrew Sullivan, blogging, and the tension between the social web and the conversational web: bit.ly/1Eudz0v

Jan 29, 2015

To channel @AtulGawande, many of the biggest gains in health care will come from diligence, not brilliance: bit.ly/1uENGCk

Jan 29, 2015

A Texas lawmaker is demanding Muslims swear allegiance next to an Israeli flag: bit.ly/1wFvFDS

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