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American Wonk is the signature podcast of FREOPP, the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity. On the show, FREOPP President Avik Roy explores the most important national issues of our time—like the economy, health care, technology, pandemics, and the Supreme Court—with the experts and political leaders who know them best.
 
America's costly and complicated health care system is faces an enormous burden: fixing the flaws the pandemic has revealed in our health care system. Addressing these flaws will require us to tackle hard questions with no easy answers. It will require Tradeoffs. Long-time health care reporter Dan Gorenstein hosts an examination of health care, policy, and people; and the weighty decisions we all find ourselves faced with.
 
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Health policy experts are kicking off the summer with back-to-back conferences: AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting and the 10th Annual Conference of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon). Hop on the Tradeoffs Tours bus for conference tips, stories and exciting research with a conference veteran, Kosali Simon. Guest: Kosali Simon,…
 
The pandemic forced dentists across the country to shut down last spring. We talk with one dentist about what that meant for her business, her patients, and what it’s been like to open back up. Guest: Stacey Van Scoyoc, DDS, General Dentist, Co-Owner, Bloomington Family Dental Find additional resources and a full transcript of today's episode on ou…
 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration faces a costly and consequential decision over whether to approve a controversial new Alzheimer’s drug. Guest: Caleb Alexander, Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health View the transcript for today's episode: https://tradeoffs.org/2021/06/03/the-fdas-pressure-pack…
 
New national guidelines say millions more Americans should get screened for lung cancer. The test can save lives, but it's inaccessible to many and harmful to some. How should we balance the promise and perils of lung cancer screening? Guests: Otis Brawley, MD, Professor of Oncology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Lisa Carter-Harris, P…
 
With about one-third of Americans still not convinced they need to be vaccinated for COVID-19, many employers are debating whether to require their workers to get vaccinated. We dig into the research to help employers weigh the pros and cons. Guests: Sayeh Nikpay, PhD; Tradeoffs Contributing Research Editor; Associate Professor of Health Policy and…
 
On today’s episode of American Wonk, Avik Roy talks to Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana, Chairman of the Republican Study Committee and author of a pathbreaking health care reform bill called the Hospital Competition Act. Should the GOP shed it’s big business reputation to help kitchen table voters? More on the Hospital Competition Act here. After …
 
In this special live episode, policy experts and employers debate the best way to improve the health insurance that 150 million Americans get through work. This session was part of “The Promise of Health Reform and a Public Option in a Biden Administration,” a virtual conference put on by the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the Unive…
 
Racism against people of Asian descent is not a new problem, but it’s been exacerbated lately by politicians using racist rhetoric to describe the coronavirus. Asians in America are now facing a dual pandemic: a heightened fear of racist abuse, from verbal slurs to physical assault, on top of all the anxiety of living through COVID-19. A conversati…
 
The American Jobs Plan has been touted by Vice President Kamala Harris as the biggest jobs investment since World War II. But how exactly will we pay for $2 trillion in new spending on infrastructure, green energy, housing, and education reform? Do the benefits of increased spending outweigh the proposal’s impact on deficits and tax rates? Last wee…
 
On May 1st, Texas will hold a special election to fill the seat of late U.S. Congressman Ron Wright, who passed away in February from COVID-19. The contentious, all-party election has 23 candidates vying for the seat, including Rep. Wright’s widow Susan. One of the Republican candidates, Michael Wood, joins Avik Roy, President of FREOPP, to discuss…
 
Despite President Biden’s campaign promise to create a public option, the policy has been missing from his first 100 days in office. A handful of states, however, are forging ahead with public option legislation. Guests: Heather Howard, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs Sabrina Corlette, JD, Georgetown University Dig deeper into …
 
After nearly a decade of sky-high prices, generics have sent the price of the HIV prevention drug PrEP plummeting. What kept it so expensive for so long, and will the price drop help us finally eradicate HIV? Guests: Robin Feldman, Professor of Law, UC Hastings; Director of the Center for Innovation Tahir Amin, Co-Executive Director, I-MAK Oni Blac…
 
On today’s episode of Covid in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy talk about a new FREOPP report that ranks the pandemic performance of 31 countries, including the U.S. Which countries have moved up and down in the rankings, which country is number 1, and why is Europe having such a tough time? All that and more starting now. Measuring the…
 
President Biden wants to spend $400 billion to help older and disabled Americans get health care at home as part of his $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, a huge investment in an often neglected part of the health care system. Guests: Howard Gleckman, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institu…
 
As gun violence surges, researchers are using new federal funding to search for solutions. Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative, University of Colorado Jonathan Jay, DrPH, JD, Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences, Boston University Autumn Parkin, gun owner…
 
We sit down with one of the top pandemic reporters in the country to answer to answer listener questions. Guest: Apoorva Mandavilli, Science and Global Health Reporter, New York Times NOTE: This episode incorrectly states that more than 125 million people had received vaccinations at the time the episode aired. More than 125 million doses had been …
 
One year ago, a community health center in Boston told us how COVID had wreaked havoc on their budget, staff and patient care. How are they doing now? Guest: Chuck Jones, MBA, President and CEO, Harbor Health For more of this and our previous conversations with Jones: https://tradeoffs.org/2021/03/18/one-community-health-centers-covid-recovery Sign…
 
Can conservative principles adapt to appeal to younger generations and minorities? What are realistic conservative policy goals for the 21st century? Is there a future for an inclusive, equal opportunity-oriented conservative movement? Patrick Ruffini from Echelon Insights, a next-generation polling, analytics, and intelligence firm, joins American…
 
The recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act includes a sweeping expansion of the child tax credit, a policy change that could protect millions of kids from poverty—and the health risks that come with it. Guests: Deborah Frank, MD, Founding Director of the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center (retired); Professor of Child Health and W…
 
White Americans are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at higher rates than Black and Latino people, even though communities of color have been hit hardest by the pandemic. We explore how Chicago is tackling this problem and what other city’s can learn from their efforts. Guests: Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public …
 
At the end of 2020, Congress finally passed legislation protecting patients from surprise out-of-network medical bills. We dig into the research to understand what we can expect from this long-awaited policy fix. Guests: Sayeh Nikpay, PhD, Tradeoffs Contributing Research Editor; Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of Min…
 
Employers are clashing with hospitals, insurers and even their own workers over high health care prices. We meet some of the businesses, unions and advocates on the frontlines of this battle that could determine the fate of employer-based insurance. Listener warning: This episode does contain sensitive language Guests: Marilyn Bartlett, CPA, CMA, C…
 
The U.S. health care system is full of wasteful spending. A group of top health economists say a bunch of small changes could save the country big money. Guests: Zack Cooper, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Health and of Economics, Yale University Mario Macis, PhD, Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Fiona Scott Morton, P…
 
Doctors and nurses can feel as if they’re living in two worlds. One in which patients are getting sick and dying from the coronavirus, and another in which people deny the virus is real. Emergency room physician Mike Hunihan describes what it’s like to live and work with that dissonance. Guest: Michael Hunihan, M.D. View a full transcript of this e…
 
Who is Xavier Becerra? We explore Becerra's health policy record, what drives his views and what he could do about the country's health care consolidation problem. Guests: Peter Lee, JD, Executive Director, Covered California Richard Scheffler, PhD, Director, Nicholas C. Petris Center Aditi Sen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Managem…
 
Democrats are returning to the White House and the Senate majority with a long health policy to-do list. Reporter Jonathan Cohn says the battle over Obamacare offers lessons and clues as to where the party’s “unfinished crusade for universal coverage” may head next. Guest: Jonathan Cohn, HuffPost senior national correspondent and author of "The Ten…
 
Soaring numbers of Americans are feeling anxious, stressed and depressed. Could a reimagined approach to primary care help meet their needs? [This episode was originally published on July 28, 2020.] Eboni Winford, PhD, Director of Research and Health Equity, Cherokee Health Systems Parinda Khatri, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer, Cherokee Health System…
 
In a surprise unanimous decision, the Supreme Court pushed back against the power of ERISA, a little known federal law that has stifled states’ attempts to regulate health care for decades. [NOTE: Part of this episode originally aired on Oct. 6] Guest: Erin Fuse Brown, Associate Professor of Law; Director, Center for Law, Health & Society, Georgia …
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity talk about why the vaccines are not a vindication of Big Pharma, but of small, innovative biotech startups. Also, who’s first in line to get the vaccine? And what about the people who don’t want to take it? Join the convers…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity talk about this week’s vaccine news from Pfizer and Biontech. How good is the data? Are more vaccines on the horizon? Will Joe Biden strive to distribute vaccines around the world or prioritize Americans? Join the conversat…
 
From restricting abortion to legalizing marijuana, voters are weighing in on a variety of significant state health policy questions this election. (CORRECTION: An earlier version of this episode said Washington D.C. was considering “decriminalizing” psychoactive plants like mushrooms. They were in fact only considering effectively decriminalizing t…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of FREOPP talk about the World Health Organization’s new guidance that lockdowns are bad. What took them so long? And with the holidays coming up, Avik explains why his kids will be trick or treating and why he’s even looking forward to seeing his relatives. Join the convers…
 
On today’s episode of American Wonk, FREOPP’s Avik Roy talks with Ilya Shapiro, author of “Supreme Disorder,” a new book on the politics of the Supreme Court. They talk about Amy Coney Barrett and ask: what have conservatives gotten right and wrong in their quest to change how the Supreme Court thinks about the Constitution? Supreme Disorder: Judic…
 
While the coronavirus pandemic has sucked up all the oxygen, the opioid crisis continues to get worse. Guest: Michael Barnett, Assistant Professor of Health Policy Management at Harvard School of Public Health; Primary Care Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Read a transcript of this episode: https://tradeoffs.org/2020/10/20/the-opioid-crisi…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of FREOPP talk about President Trump’s recovery from the virus. What really happened, and what do we need to know about the new treatments that Trump has taken? Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/american-wonk/covid-in-19-…
 
On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Scott Immergut of Ricochet and Avik Roy of FREOPP talk about Avik’s congressional testimony on data and COVID-19. Why haven’t we been better at measuring deaths in nursing homes? Why are so many lab tests coming back with false positive results, and what can we do about it? Join the conversation and comment on thi…
 
In the second installment of our Research Corner segment, health economist Sayeh Nikpay discusses two research papers about picking health insurance plans: why we're bad at it and why so many uninsured Americans who are eligible for low cost plans don't sign up. Featuring: Sayeh Nikpay, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Mi…
 
On today’s episode of Power Hungry, FREOPP Visiting Fellow Robert Bryce talks to California Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Democrat, about a letter he wrote accusing the Sierra Club of fueling environmental racism. What’s going wrong with energy policy in California? Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast…
 
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