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Gotham City vs. Reaganesque Optimism

In a US News article by Susan Milligan,”A Tale of Two Countries,” I discussed the different portrayals of the United States as depicted by the Republicans and Democrats during their respective conventions. Noting the stark contrast between the two parties, I explained

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Will Firing His Campaign Manager Help or Hurt the Trump Campaign?

Mark Alderman and Jim Schultz discussed presidential polling and a change up in the Trump campaign on NBC10 news on June 20. Trump recently fired his campaign manager, which Jim says “helps the campaign” and isn’t “as big of an issue as some 

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What Hillary Could Learn from Jimmy Carter [The Washington Examiner]

Mark Alderman, chairman of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, discusses Hillary’s road to the Democratic National Convention and lessons of note from the bitterly fought 1980 Democratic primary in The Washington Examiner. Mark explains that the 1980 Democratic primary created a

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update November 18, 2014

Over the past several days, the second open enrollment period through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) health insurance exchanges began; Republican lawmakers, now with majorities in both the House and the Senate, explored legislative avenues for rolling back or delaying

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update November 7, 2014

Looming midterm elections have made the past several months difficult for Democrats and Republicans alike when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. With most of the midterm elections now wrapped up, lawmakers can turn their attention to concerns they

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update October 25, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began sending reminders last week that open enrollment begins on November 15; CMS’s Marketplace CEO, Kevin Counihan, said that end-to-end testing of HealthCare.gov was encouraging but that the Department also has a

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update October 15, 2014

In the past week, CMS has released several advisories including updates to the rating system for nursing homes, premium and deductible information for Medicare Part B and Part D for 2015, Pioneer ACO results, payment dispute settlements, and insurance fee

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update October 3, 2014

Congress is in recess and therefore much of the action surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is at the agency level.  However, Congressman Darrel Issa (R-CA) did subpoena the U.S. Department of Treasury for their records on the Internal Revenue

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update September 15, 2014

Congress is back in session, and work on a Continuing Resolution is underway. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is back center stage with House Republicans attaching a medical device tax repeal provision to a jobs package set for a floor vote

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update September 5, 2014

As summer rolls to a close, the agencies continue to make announcements and roll out additional regulations. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) introduced the new CEO of Healthcare.gov, awarded grants to 147 health centers across the country,

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