Health Care Chaos Continues as Trump Administration Ends Insurance Payments

Guest Commentary Published October 14, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports The chaos that is now Trump Care continues. First, Congress tried to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by rolling back that law plus the decades long public health insurance known as Medicaid. That effort failed in the Senate. Twice. And Congress hasn’t […]

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#NativeVote18 – “She Taught Him” Three Words that Can Reshape Political Thought

Guest Commentary Published October 10, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports It’s easy to get discouraged reading the news or looking at the political landscape. It’s a frightening mess: Mass murder, climate change, an election system that at its roots is unfair, and on and on. But the thing is every new challenge is matched […]

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Children’s Health Insurance Should be an East Vote, but Not So in This Congress

Guest Commentary Published October 8, 2017   Mark Trahant /Trahant Reports Here we go again: Congress is finding new ways to complicate health care. It really boils down to the philosophy that government-funded health care is just another word for welfare. So it’s a good thing to cut it back and limit it. The other […]

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Indians Don’t Pay Taxes? Or Why the Coming Tax Debate Matters So Much

Guest Commentary Published October 5, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports The Senate has given up on destroying Medicaid and much of the health care system and is now focused on restructuring the federal tax system (and destroying entitlement programs in the process). Here is what Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday on CBS’ Face the […]

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Seriously? States Complain to Senate about the Burden of Native Health Care

Guest Commentary Published September 24, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports First: A fantasy. Wouldn’t it be cool if once, just once, there was a debate in Congress that could only be decided by a vote that benefits Native people? I don’t know. Something like, “I won’t vote for any bill unless it fulfills the […]

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Senate’s “Last” Shot at Repeal and Replace? Indian Health Still Gets Dinged!

Guest Commentary Published September 20, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports You have to wonder why the latest Senate Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act did not get written with one senator in mind, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Yet the bill by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is […]

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