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Policy Brief

By and / 10.31.2019

Americans are drowning in debt, both privately and collectively. Last summer, the national debt topped $22 trillion. On the private side, total U.S. household debt hit $13.6 trillion in 2019 – driven by higher student loan, credit card, mortgage, and auto loan debt. 

Policy Brief

By / 10.29.2019

In this paper we will introduce a new concept, the “prescription escalator.” The prescription escalator is a simple way of summarizing why Americans are so upset about their drug bills. Moreover, we propose solutions for getting Americans off the prescription escalator. Americans know, without a doubt, that their family’s prescription drug costs are rising—and they […]

Policy Brief

By / 9.12.2019

America’s sprawling health care economy faces many vexing challenges. But the root of the problem is simple: Medical care in the United States costs too much. Our overpriced health care system leaves too many uninsured, eats into workers’ wage growth, strains public budgets, and keeps families in fear that one medical emergency will leave them […]

Policy Brief

“Health care and poverty are inseparable issues and no program to improve the nation’s health will be effective unless we understand the conditions of injustice which underlie disease. It is illusory to think that we can cure a sickly child and ignore his need for enough food to eat.” Robert Kennedy, 1968 Reframing the 2020 […]

Policy Brief

By / 4.16.2019

Too many Americans lack access to dental care, especially in underserved areas. Forty-four percent of people below the federal poverty level have untreated dental decay compared to just 9.5 percent of those above 400 percent of the federal poverty level. The consequences of untreated decay and periodontal disease – slowly destructive gum infections – include […]

Policy Brief

By / 4.15.2019

When it comes to health care, Americans could not face a clearer choice. Progressives believe all Americans should have access to affordable, high-quality health coverage. Republicans want to kill the Affordable Care Act – thereby depriving an additional 17 million Americans of insurance – and have no credible plan to replace it. Too often, however, […]

Policy Brief

By / 3.1.2019

In searching for ways to satisfy public demand for lower drug prices, President Trump has found rare common ground with Democrats. The White House recently released a plan to reform the way pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) negotiate prices with drugmakers on behalf of health insurance companies. Specifically, the proposal takes aim at special discounts or […]

Policy Brief

By / 2.14.2019

America’s massive health care industry faces three major challenges: how to cover everyone, reduce costs, and increase productivity. Telehealth – the use of technology to help treat patients remotely – may help address all three. Telehealth reduces the need for expensive real estate and enables providers to better leverage their current medical personnel to provide […]

Political Memo

By and / 11.14.2018

The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a national opinion survey that highlights the surprising resilience of America’s pragmatic political center two years into Donald Trump’s deeply polarizing presidency. The poll reinforces a key takeaway from the 2018 midterm elections: Suburban voters – especially women – are repelled by the president’s racial and cultural demagoguery […]

Policy Memo

By / 10.24.2018

“Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness. The time has arrived for action to help them attain that opportunity and that protection.” –President Harry Truman, 1945