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September 25, 2017

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Categories: The Week That Was

The Week That Was: Insurers Named in Opioid “Blame Game”

“Happy Monday” is an oxymoron for many of you, but over here at TWTW headquarters we’re feeling psyched. Our favorite fall TV shows are finally starting back up and we’ve DVRed (yes, it’s a verb people) the Sanders-Klobuchar versus Graham-Cassidy Town Hall debate on CNN. Tomorrow night’s match-up is the equivalent of the Kanye vs Taylor showdown for healthcare nerds. But before we head into a new week, let’s take a moment to reflect on the one we just wrapped. So grab a cup of coffee—maybe just not this one—and read on for The Week That Was.   ► JIMMY KIMMEL AND THE LIE-DETECTOR TEST Congress goes back to work today, and not everyone is excited about what’s on the agenda; particularly late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel has become one of the most public critics of the new Obamacare reform effort introduced by the Senate duo Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). Kimmel railed against Senator Cassidy in not one, but two monologues on his show last week. In the segments, Kimmel takes a page out of the late, great political correspondent Tim Russert’s playbook, by holding Senator Cassidy to his own rhetoric. Kimmel played Senator Cassidy’s recordedContinue Reading

September 18, 2017

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The Week That Was: What Happened…To Martin Shkreli

The Week That Was GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING READERS! We hope you had a restful weekend, because you’re in for a helping heap of The Week That Was. Last week was the equivalent of editorial catnip for our team: Martin Shkreli proved once and for all that he is his own worst enemy. After taunting his social media followers to pull a hair from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while on her book tour, the polemic executive found himself back in court with his bail rescinded. And, in the process, he managed to spark a legal debate about First Amendment hyperbole vs a meaningful threat of harm. The BERN IS BACK on the national stage – proposing Medicare for All. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that it costs < $1 billion to develop a drug. Oh, and one-third of America’s credit reports have been hacked. It’s too late to go back to bed, so please read on for this Monday edition of The Week That Was. ► MEDICARE FOR ALL? WE WOULDN’T BET THE HOUSE ON IT  Last week, a group of 17 Democratic senators, led by Senator Bernie Sanders, rolled out “Medicare for All” legislation, which seeks to replace the current U.S. insurance model withContinue Reading

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