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Eric Patashnik

Are Republicans losing the health care debate? (comments by Eric Patashnik)

October 26, 2018 FiveThirtyEight

This weekly "polling roundup" quoted public policy professor Eric Patashnik, who said that “it is already clear that Republicans have made it even harder for their party to govern if they manage to retain control of both chambers and take another stab at dismantling Obamacare.”

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The Health 202: Medicare for all is new Democratic mantra in congressional races (comments by Eric Patashnik)

July 9, 2018 The Washington Post

Progressive political candidates motivated by Bernie Sanders' insurgent run against Hillary Clinton in 2016 are advocating for Medicare for all as part of their platforms. Professor Eric Patashnik said that the political viability of the idea will ultimately depend on its details -- such as whether the program would eliminate the private-insurance system altogether.

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Unhealthy Politics: The Battle Over Evidence-Based Medicine

June 13, 2018

Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine, co-written by Public Policy program director Eric Patashnik, describes the U.S. medical system, the most advanced in the world, and its insufficient evaluation process of treatments that often become widespread. 

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Health Reform after the 2016 Election

June 5, 2018

In May 2017, Professor Eric Patashnik convened a conference on “Health Reform after the 2016 Election,” bringing together scholars to examine and discuss the state of health reform. The contributions led to a special edition of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

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Bring Back Earmarks (comments by Eric Patashnik)

January 11, 2018 U.S. News & World Report

Political scientist Eric Patashnik comments on the banned practice of earmarks, saying "Restoring earmarks is not strong enough medicine to cure the dysfunctions of today's Congress. Polarization runs much too deep. But it is still a sensible thing to do."

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Unhealthy politics: The battle over evidence-based medicine (research by Eric Patashnik cited)

October 25, 2017 Yale News

A book review of "Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine" that draws on public opinion surveys, physician surveys, case studies, and political science models to explain how political incentives, polarization, and the misuse of professional authority have undermined efforts to tackle the medical evidence problem and curb wasteful spending. 

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