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The New CBO Report On Health Insurance Didn’t Do Republicans Any Favors
June 26th, 2017, 06:05 AM
The Congressional Budget Office on Monday announced an unsurprising but important conclusion: The Senate version of the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is broadly similar to the House version that has been discussed for months. The Senate bill, if it becomes law, is likely to increase the number of uninsured […]
What Americans Don’t Like About Obamacare
June 26th, 2017, 06:05 AM
We now know Republican senators’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. And while GOP senators are struggling with the question of whether they can pass the bill, they’ll also be asking a longer-term question: Will Americans like what’s in it? In general, public opinion toward the GOP’s health reform efforts has been decidedly negative. But […]
What The Senate GOP Plan Would Mean For Health Insurance
June 22nd, 2017, 06:05 AM
Senate Republicans released the text of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act today, and like the House bill before it, the measure would give big tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and roll back Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor. It also would get rid of the unpopular mandate […]
Does It Matter That Senate Republicans Wrote Their Health Care Bill In Secret?
June 21st, 2017, 06:05 AM
Senate Republicans are expected to release the text of their health care bill Thursday morning, after weeks of negotiations that have occurred behind closed doors. We convened a group of FiveThirtyEighters to talk about the process so far — and what might be coming down the pike. The transcript below has been lightly edited. blythe […]
Republicans’ Obamacare Repeal Would Cut Taxes — But Mostly In Blue States
June 20th, 2017, 06:05 AM
While the Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has been shrouded in secrecy, at least one thing is all but certain: The final bill will include hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts, mostly for the richest Americans. It might seem unsurprising that Republicans are proposing tax cuts, except […]
The U.S. Has Made Huge Strides Against Heart Disease — But Not Everywhere
June 19th, 2017, 06:05 AM
Between 1980 and 2014, the number of Americans dying from cardiovascular disease was cut in half. Though cardiovascular disease — an umbrella term for conditions that affect the heart and circulatory system, commonly known as heart disease — remains the most common cause of death in the U.S. by a wide margin, the drop in […]
Trump Has A Solution, But It’s Not Clear That There’s A Problem
June 16th, 2017, 06:05 AM
Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly feature on the latest policy developments in Washington and beyond. Want to get TrumpBeat in your inbox each week? Sign up for our newsletter. Comments, criticism or suggestions for future columns? Email us or drop a note in the comments. President Trump’s tax plan turned out to be a one-page […]
Two Government Agencies. Two Different Climate Maps.
June 15th, 2017, 06:05 AM
With gardens a-sprouting, a warm, wet winter behind us, and a hotter-than-average summer for much of the country ahead, we decided to look at whether and how climate change was affecting what plants can grow around the country. The easy data solution — or so it seemed — was to look at a series of […]
Five People Are Facing Manslaughter Charges Because Of Flint’s Water Crisis
June 14th, 2017, 06:05 AM
It has been more than three years since the Flint water crisis began, and many residents are still drinking bottled water. Today, Michigan’s attorney general announced new charges related to the crisis, including a charge of involuntary manslaughter, leveled at five public officials. After the city of Flint’s water source was changed in April 2014 […]
Why Some Conservatives Don’t Like The House Health Care Bill
June 13th, 2017, 06:05 AM
As a group of Republican senators works behind closed doors to draft new health care legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, a somewhat surprising group of dissidents to the GOP effort has emerged: conservative policy wonks. Democrats, of course, have been solidly against Republican efforts to unravel Obamacare from the […]
Facts Alone Won’t Convince People To Vaccinate Their Kids
June 12th, 2017, 06:05 AM
Minnesota is the latest state to be hit by a measles outbreak originating from children whose parents chose not to vaccinate them. The state has tracked 76 cases so far, and it could be on its way to the front lines of the fight for mandatory vaccination. Lawmakers who want to implement stricter vaccination rules […]
The Kansas Experiment Is Bad News For Trump’s Tax Cuts
June 9th, 2017, 06:05 AM
Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly feature on the latest policy developments in Washington and beyond. Want to get TrumpBeat in your inbox each week? Sign up for our newsletter. Comments, criticism or suggestions for future columns? Email us or drop a note in the comments. With seemingly all of the political media focused on James […]
Math Has No God Particle
June 6th, 2017, 06:05 AM
Ten years ago, Jeffrey Adams, a mathematician at the University of Maryland, made an appearance in The New York Times that prompted a series of angry emails. His correspondents all wanted to know one thing: “Who the hell do you think you are?” Who Adams is is the leader of a cutting-edge mathematical research project […]
Leaving Social Media Taught Me How Broken The News Cycle Is
June 6th, 2017, 06:05 AM
In December, I began a three-month break from Facebook and Twitter. I was on a brief book leave from FiveThirtyEight, and with the election finally over, it seemed like a good time to step away from the news cycle. The first thing I noticed was that I suddenly lacked an outlet for the compulsion not […]
TrumpBeat: If You Don’t Like The Officiating, Fire The Refs
June 2nd, 2017, 06:05 AM
Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly feature on the latest policy developments in Washington and beyond. Want to get TrumpBeat in your inbox each week? Sign up for our newsletter. Comments, criticism or suggestions for future columns? Email us or drop a note in the comments. The CBO: Working the refs A good rule of thumb […]
How Food Tastes To Me Is Totally Different From How It Tastes To You
June 1st, 2017, 06:05 AM
In this month’s Sparks podcast, FiveThirtyEight’s science team talks about how humans experience the flavors of food and discusses the book “Flavor: The Science of Our Most Neglected Sense” by Bob Holmes. In the podcast, which runs in FiveThirtyEight’s What’s The Point feed, lead health writer Anna Maria Barry-Jester, senior science writer Maggie Koerth-Baker, lead […]
The Paris Agreement Would Have Been Less Partisan 30 Years Ago
June 1st, 2017, 06:05 AM
President Trump announced Thursday that he plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, a nonbinding 2015 deal that commits nearly the entire world — 195 nations — to taking action on climate change. This marks the second time in as many decades that the U.S. has torpedoed a major international climate agreement […]
Some With Pre-Existing Conditions Could Lose Coverage Under The GOP Health Bill
May 24th, 2017, 06:05 AM
The Congressional Budget Office’s long-awaited report on the American Health Care Act, released Wednesday, is on one level kind of irrelevant. The GOP-controlled Senate has already said it will write its own bill, dismissing the plan House Republicans passed this month to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. On another […]
Obamacare’s Struggles In Iowa Could Be A Preview Of What’s To Come
May 23rd, 2017, 06:05 AM
In an article last week looking at the health of the state insurance marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act, I wrote about why Iowa’s was in a dire situation. Three of its insurers recently said they may exit the Obamacare marketplaces, which threatens to leave tens of thousands of people with no way […]
The Obamacare Marketplaces Aren’t In A Death Spiral
May 19th, 2017, 06:05 AM
Are the insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act really on the verge of collapse, as President Trump and GOP leaders have repeatedly claimed? Three months ago, this story would have started like this: It depends on where you look and who you ask. Today, it goes something like this: They are in a […]