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Jeffrey Young
Jeffrey Young is a health care reporter at The Huffington Post based in Washington. He has covered health care, business, and politics for 15 years at organizations including Bloomberg News and The Hill. Jeffrey is a native of the Philadelphia suburbs and earned his bachelor's degree in English from the College of William & Mary in Virginia.

Entries by Jeffrey Young

Americans Love 'Death Panels.' Sorry, Sarah Palin!

(4) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 11:04 AM

WASHINGTON -- Despite the best efforts of politicians like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), more than 8 in 10 Americans think it's just fine for Medicare and private health insurance companies to pay doctors for end-of-life counseling, a new poll shows.

According to survey results...

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What We Learned About Trump's Proposed Obamacare Replacement On '60 Minutes'

(3) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 11:13 AM

WASHINGTON -- Businessman and presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared on CBS News' "60 Minutes" Sunday night and offered some thoughts about Obamacare.  

Previously, Trump had said little about his Obamacare replacement plan other than that it would be "something terrific," and that hospitals and insurance companies would be...

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How Clinton Wants To Turn Obamacare Into Hillarycare 2.0

(9) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 10:38 AM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton wants to tackle one of the biggest items of unfinished business in health care...

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Drug-Price Gouging Hedge Fund Guy May Be Even Worse Than You Thought, SEC Documents Show

(3) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical executive who jacked up the price of a drug mainly used by cancer and HIV-AIDS...

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Health Chief Expects Tough Obamacare Enrollment Season This Year

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 9:11 AM

WASHINGTON -- The first two years of Obamacare enrollment brought health coverage to millions of people, overcoming political obstruction and a disastrous initial rollout of the sign-up system in the process. But the road could be even rougher ahead, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell...

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What You Need To Know About Hillary Clinton's Plan For Soaring Drug Prices

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 6:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will outline a set of policies Tuesday she says will help make prescription drugs more affordable as escalating prices cause rising anxiety among American consumers.

Clinton's plan, a summary of which her campaign provided to reporters Monday evening,...

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Women's Health System Unready For Planned Parenthood Cuts

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 3:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans fighting to cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood often argue it wouldn't harm women's health, because other medical providers would pick up the slack.

To those inside the health care system, it's hard to see how that would work.

As many as...

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New Rules Bar Transgender Discrimination In Health Care

(6) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 9:54 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is making a major push for transgender rights by prohibiting health insurance companies...

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Salesforce Wants To Give Health Care 21st-Century Customer Service

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 10:18 AM

WASHINGTON -- Health care has long been stuck in the past when it comes to customer service, making it hard for patients and their doctors to communicate and share information. One prominent technology company aims to change that., the San Francisco-based firm that specializes in cloud-based customer relations...

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Fewer Americans Go Without Medical Care Due To Cost, Survey Says

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 6:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- More than 15 years have passed since this small a share of Americans didn't get medical care they needed because of the cost, a new federal government report reveals.

During the first three months of 2015, 4.4 percent of Americans surveyed said they went without health care at...

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Americans Don't Like Pharma And Think They're Getting Ripped Off

(16) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 3:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- Americans use prescription drugs and they know these medicines help people, but they still don't care much for pharmaceutical companies and think the industry is too money-hungry, according to a new survey.

More than seven in 10 Americans think prescription drug prices are unreasonable,

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Scott Walker And The Trouble With Obamacare 'Replacement' Plans

(17) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 9:11 AM

Very near the beginning of Scott Walker's new proposal to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, he bemoans that Obamacare forced so many people to give up the insurance they once had.

Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin and one of many GOP presidential hopefuls, then goes...

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Obamacare Safety Net Catching People Who Lose Health Insurance

(4) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 11:47 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Obamacare health insurance exchanges appear to be doing a good job when it comes to one of their most important yet underappreciated functions: offering a fallback option to people who lose their health coverage during the year. 

Already this year,

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Uninsured Rate Down Way More In States That Embraced Obamacare

(10) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 7:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped sharply since enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began in 2013, according to survey results published by Gallup on Monday. And the law's effects are even more dramatic in states that cooperated with the federal government instead of...

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No, The Obamacare 'Lie Of The Year' Didn't Just Become True

(9) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 2:49 PM

WASHINGTON -- Conservative opponents of the Affordable Care Act tried to warn us that it was a government takeover of the health care system.

And while this may come as a surprise to all the privately employed doctors, hospital employees and insurance companies executives across the land, the takeover has...

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Health Care Spending Is Rising Faster, But Don't Panic

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 2:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- Total U.S. health care spending grew by more than 5 percent for the first time since 2007 last year, but a return to massive growth isn't on the horizon, according to federal estimates issued Tuesday.

National health expenditures -- a tally of all the money spent on health...

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Jeb Bush Says We Should Phase Out Medicare

(102) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 1:02 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Wednesday that we ought to phase out Medicare, the federal program that provides health insurance to Americans once they're 65.  

"We need to make sure we fulfill the commitment to people that have already received the benefits, that...

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Alaska Governor Expands Medicaid By Skirting GOP Lawmakers

(73) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 2:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- Alaska would become the latest state to sign on to a major expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act through a plan announced by Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday.

Walker, a Republican-turned-independent elected in 2014 on a platform that included Medicaid expansion, had been courting...

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Medicare Outlines End-Of-Life Planning Proposal That Will Make Sarah Palin's Head Explode

(857) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Physicians would be paid to discuss end-of-life options with Medicare patients who want their wishes spelled out in advance under a regulation proposed by the federal government Wednesday.

Medical societies and seniors' groups like the AARP have long supported so-called advance care planning as a way...

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If Obamacare Is Here To Stay, It's Going To Need Some Fixing. Here Are 5 Ways How.

(218) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 6:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- Obamacare is here to stay. That’s the message from President Barack Obama and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act after their victory at the Supreme Court last week. But dodging a lethal legal bullet is not the same thing as ensuring long-term success. And if health care...

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