Lies We’re Told: Strip Millions (Billions) from Health Care & Call it Better

Guest Commentary Published July 17, 2017 A Senate hearing last Wednesday on Indian health illustrates the larger problem exactly: How can you strip millions of dollars from a health care system and get better results? The answer is you cannot. But that’s not what the Trump administration testified. And it’s not what the Senate leadership […]

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Health Care Debate Should Also Focus on the Thousands of Jobs in Indian Country

Guest Commentary Published July 10, 2017 I am not sure of the exact year. It probably happened around 1996. That’s when the Indian Health Service became the single largest employer in Indian Country. This makes sense when you think about it: Indian health was once a small (unappreciated) division of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. […]

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How Bad Could it Be? Don’t Get Sick if Senate (Or House) Bill Becomes Law

Guest Commentary Published June 26, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports The Senate bill, like its House counterpart, has a simple message for Indian Country: Don’t get sick. Not in June. Not anytime soon. This bill is not about health care because it takes billions from Medicaid and passes on that savings to wealthy Americans. […]

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The Secret Republican Health Care Plan: Cutting Taxes & Destroying Medicaid

Guest Commentary Published June 21, 2017 HOW TO DESTROY THE ECONOMY WITH 50 VOTES Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports I have been wondering what I should say about the Republican health care legislation in the Senate. We do know that there is a policy split among Senators about how much and how fast to cut […]

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Yes, Trump’s Budget is Destructive & Disruptive (and We’ve Seen that Before)

Guest Commentary Published June 11, 2017 FAIR TO SAY THIS BUDGET WILL RESULT IN THE EARLY DEATH OF TOO MANY PEOPLE Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports It’s easy to blame Donald J. Trump for a terrible budget. This is classic disruption; it’s designed to change the nature of government immediately. It’s also a destructive document […]

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A Seat at the Table? Claudia Kauffman Launches Bid for Seattle Port Commission

Guest Commentary Published June 4, 2017 Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports It’s such a simple thing: Every citizen should have a voice at the table when decisions are made. It’s a powerful notion because no democracy can sustain itself unless all of its people, all of those who have a stake in the outcome, are included. […]

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