Alaska, Montana and Indian Health Benefits Deserve to be in House Debate

Guest Commentary Published March 24, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports The story of Alaska and Montana is not front and center in the health care debate in the House today. But it should be. Montana does not get a vote. (The state does not currently have a member of Congress after former Rep. Ryan […]

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President, Speaker Pitch for Votes in the House as the Make or Break Moment

Guest Commentary Published March 22, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports It’s hard to think of a more make or break moment for the Speaker of the House of Representatives than what happens over the next two days. Well, sort of. The Speaker needs 216 votes to move his health care reform proposal on to […]

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Remember the Sequester? Trump Budget Would Make Those the Good Old Days

Guest Commentary Published March 16, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Remember the sequester? Ah, the good old days. The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction. And we do know two things. First: If enacted, this budget would shrink the federal government to a much smaller size. Except for the […]

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House Bill Skips Indian Health Care; But Has Narrow Path to Actually Become Law

Guest Commentary Published March 12, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports I wrote a couple of days ago that the House bill doesn’t mention a word about the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. True enough. Because, it turns out, the proposed replacement for Affordable Care Act is not a complete repeal. The current law would remain […]

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A Win from Washington & a Funding Challenge from the States to Congress

Guest Commentary Published March 5, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports We live in odd times. Congress is moving forward with promised legislation that will roll back much of the health care reform enacted during the past eight years. The Trump administration is issuing regulations to do the same. The key here is that President […]

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It’s Impossible to Defy Gravity #NativePolicy

Guest Commentary Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports Federal Indian programs have been added to the “high-risk” category by the Government Accountability Office. That designation could not come at a worse time. The details. This is how the GAO defines its high risk identification: “The federal government is one of the world’s largest and most complex […]

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