Aug 17, 2022 • 57M

Ep. 17 - Would you see an doc?


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As most of the nation’s primary elections draw to a close, Ron and Matthew take a look at what issues are on voters’ minds as to they go to cast their ballot. It is no surprise that healthcare costs are near the top of that list. As the Democrats continue their marketing campaign based on the Inflation Reduction Act, Republicans seem to be scrambling to be unified. Unlike in 2010 when Republicans unilaterally opposed the Affordable Care Act in that midterm, there is no clear message telling you why you should vote for a Republican. Also, Matthew feels vindicated about this piece:

The gaping hole in the Republican response
During last night’s State of the Union, President Joseph Biden talked up the benefits of his Build Back Better policy and the American Rescue Plan, focusing on their healthcare sections. His agenda would expand the Affordable Care Act …
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Matthew and Ron also take a look at new ventures from CVS Health, Walgreens, and as they look to get involved with primary care. Will this help make Americans healthier?

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Articles mentioned in this week’s program:

Biden touts Build Back Better's proposed changes to Medicare and ACA in the State of the Union
Tonight’s State of the Union looked quite different from President Joseph Biden’s first address to Congress last year. At the forefront of everyone's minds was the Russian invasion into Ukraine. Mr. Biden spent the first twenty minutes or so of his speech defe…
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Will This Be An Asterisk* Election? - Nate Silver at

State of the Union Polls 2022 - RealClear Politics

KFF Health Tracking Poll July 2022: Inflation Tops Voters’ Priorities, But Abortion Access Resonates For Key Voting Blocs - Kaiser Family Foundation

Abortion in the U.S. Dashboard - Kaiser Family Foundation

Walgreens and Amazon step up efforts to disrupt primary care - American Hospital Association

Amazon to Buy Primary-Care Firm One Medical in $3.9 Billion All-Cash Deal - Time

CVS to join Walgreens in primary care services - NOW Tonight with Joshua Johnson

What a mistrial in Flint water crisis bellwether trial means going forward - The Detroit News