• D.C.’s statehood movement gets an inch, takes a proverbial mile on Capitol Hill

    “At the time, the concept of voting rights was very narrow. Most people … wouldn’t have been able to vote anyway. Because they were a female, because they were slaves, because they were an African-American or other people of color, or because they didn’t own property,” Alice M. Rivlin, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute said explained at the hearing “But over the period of the last couple of hundred years, our concept of what democracy is has broadened. Voting rights have been achieved, for all adult citizens.”

  • Wallethub
    Research Professor in the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University

    To what extent will Trump’s decision to reduce spending on advertising and other efforts to inform people about deadlines to sign up for ACA coverage have an effect on enrollment this fall? These decisions by Trump could have a substantial dampening effect on enrollment. When advertising was cut off early by Trump this past January, we saw a clear drop-off in enrollment; the same result is likely this fall. One large concern is that people who are healthier may fail to enroll without the encouragement provided by advertising. If this happens, it will lead to adverse selection in the risk pool, and ultimately to higher costs and higher premiums. But I am also concerned that the loss of the navigator resources resulting from large cuts in funding for these programs will leave many people without the help they need to get themselves signed up. Trump's decisions will likely mean higher costs per person, but fewer people enrolled -- a double dose of bad outcomes.