In Washington, Kentucky governor brags about an opioid policy that worries health experts at home

Speaking before 13 other governors on Saturday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) talked up a state policy that expands access to drug addiction treatment. But the progress he touted will likely be blunted by forthcoming Medicaid changes in the state, which could make it harder for people with substance use disorder to keep health insurance and, thus, get addiction treatment.

“Couple of things we’ve done in Kentucky,” said Bevin at the biannual governors conference in W...

Obamacare repeal is back, and it is stupider than ever

The sun rises. The sun sets. Young people fall in love. Taxes are paid. People die. And Republicans make newer, dumber attempts to repeal Obamacare.

It’s an endless, unbreakable cycle of meritless lawsuits, half-baked legislation, and disingenuous political rhetoric. It would be hilarious if hundreds of thousands of lives weren’t at stake.

The latest effort to kill Obamacare is a lawsuit brought by 20 Republican governors and attorneys general alleging that, since...

A new bipartisan Senate bill tackling the opioid crisis still falls short of what’s actually needed

A bipartisan group of eight senators unveiled legislation Tuesday that addresses an opioid epidemic that killed nearly 64,000 people in 2016 alone and shortened life expectancy by about three months.

CARA 2.0 — advertised as a sequel to the last major bill to address the opioid epidemic, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of late 2016 — would impose new rules to prescribing opioids and dedicate $1 billion to addiction treatment and recovery programs. The bill a...

‘They’re hungry for it’: Democrat Randy Bryce says Medicare for All will help him defeat Paul Ryan

Randy Bryce has a plan to take down House Speaker Paul Ryan. It all boils down to this: be everything Ryan isn’t and promote everything he refuses to promote.

“I’m the kind of person that we need to get rid of him… I’m the opposite of what he is,” Bryce, a Democrat who’s challenging Ryan in Wisconsin’s first district, told ThinkProgress on Tuesday.

Bryce outlined what he sees as the path to unseating the speaker, touting a new, 18-point po...