Editor-in-chief, Vox.com. Policy analyst at MSNBC. Eater of food. Hater of filibuster. Lover of charts.

How Barack Obama made the old Daily Show obsolete

vox.com — The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were both responses to the Bush years. They were about the alienation liberals felt from their country at a moment when Fox News seemed the authentic expression of the American psyche and George W. Bush kept winning elections. And then liberals began winning elections.

The Time Is Now To Fix Medicare ACOs

healthaffairs.org — This past January 20 th, the Department of Health And Human Services established national Medicare pay-for-value goals. By 2016, the Department intends to tie 30 percent of Medicare payments, and by 2018 50 percent of payments, to quality or value through alternative payment models.

Obama has Harry Reid to thank for his biggest accomplishments

vox.com — We have a tendency in Washington to attribute whatever gets done in politics to whoever occupies the White House at that moment. It's among our very worst habits. Take the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - better known as Obamacare. The bill was written in the Senate and modified in the House.

The dilemma in Republican governance: why fix a program you want to end?

vox.com — On Thursday, the House did something truly surprising: it passed legislation fixing the way Medicare pays doctors. Or, if fixing is too strong a term, at least making Medicare's payments to doctors predictable. (For much more on the crazy way Medicare manages payments, see Sarah Kliff's explainer.)

Harry Reid announces he won't run for reelection

vox.com — On Friday morning, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid took to Twitter to announce that he won't be running for reelection. My life's work has been to make Nevada and our nation better. Thank you for giving me that wonderful opportunity.

The Final Stage Of Meaningful Use Rules: Will EHRs Finally Pay Off?

healthaffairs.org — Six years ago, President Obama signed into law the HITECH Act, which spelled out a path to a nationwide health information technology infrastructure. The goal was simple: every doctor, nurse, and hospital in America should use electronic health records - and do it in a way that leads to better care delivered more efficiently.

The filibuster is doomed. Doooooooomed.

Obamacare is what's wrong with American politics - and what's right with it

vox.com — Five years after its passage, Obamacare stands as a monument to much that's wrong - and right - with American politics. The media has covered the law and its implementation more thoroughly than perhaps any other law in recent American history.

Imagine Ted Cruz as president

vox.com — If you guessed Sen. Ted Cruz would launch his presidential campaign by remixing John Lennon's "Imagine," well, you win the pool. Cruz, a former national debater, is an excellent speaker. And he doesn't just dish red meat. His announcement at Liberty University had the friendly, looping cadence of a megachurch preacher.

What Is Behind The Post-Recession Bend In The Health Care Cost Curve?

healthaffairs.org — It has been a while since I last had the opportunity to analyze the slowdown in health spending and the extent to which it represents a lasting bend in the cost curve, as opposed to lingering effects of the "Great Recession or other temporary changes."
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Apr 01, 2015

New data from 16,000 health providers shows requests for new appointments barely budged under Obamacare: bit.ly/1CNdgfF

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The way we give disaster aid to poor countries makes no sense: bit.ly/1CNaneR

Apr 01, 2015

This 26-year-old grad student didn't actually debunk Piketty, but what he did do is really important: bit.ly/1DpbLGO

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BRB gonna spend all day on this 50 comic books that explain the comic industry, sorry anyone who needed work from me: bit.ly/1DoYKNf

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What everyone gets wrong about the Iranian nuclear negotiations: bit.ly/1DoWRjH

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The government can’t enforce every law. Who gets to decide which ones it does? bit.ly/1DoQYD4

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