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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Picking Up the Pace of Undoing Trump Policies



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The Biden administration is speeding up the pace of efforts to undo Trump administration health policies.


The two most recent: overturning a ban on fetal tissue research funded by the National Institutes of Health and canceling a last-minute extension of a Medicaid waiver for Texas. (KHN is tracking changes to Trump health policies with an interactive tool you can see here.)

Meanwhile, Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are complaining about hospitals’ efforts to evade a Trump-era health policy the Biden administration has elected to keep: requiring that hospital prices be made publicly available.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of KHN, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News, Rachel Cohrs of Stat and Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read too:


Julie Rovner: KHN’s “UVA Health Will Wipe Out Tens of Thousands of Lawsuits Against Patients,” by Jay Hancock

Anna Edney: The New York Times’ “Vaccines Won’t Protect Millions of Patients With Weakened Immune Systems,” by Apoorva Mandavilli

Alice Miranda Ollstein:’s “The Pandemic Playbook,” by Dylan Scott, German Lopez, Julia Belluz, Jen Kirby and Dylan Matthews

Rachel Cohrs: Politico’s “Border Fiasco Spurs a Blame Game Inside Biden World,” by Adam Cancryn, Anita Kumar and Sabrina Rodriguez

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KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.



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