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Weekly conversations with some of the most interesting and influential people in health care, hosted by POLITICO Pulse author Dan Diamond.

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Weekly conversations with some of the most interesting and influential people in health care, hosted by POLITICO Pulse author Dan Diamond.

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Health policy at its best

By Gaujot - Oct 21 2019
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Dan is a perfect host. He has interesting guests for reasonably deep dives. He probes further when appropriate. Overall he leaves guests more (or newly) informed about critical issues in health policy.

Solid, informative

By Multiplyd - Sep 26 2019
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Dan is a great reporter. Imthis is a wonky podcast that those who are interested in healthcare would really enjoy. It talks about policy and politics related to the health industry. Good guests appearances..

iTunes Ratings

398 Ratings
Average Ratings
361
19
8
4
6

Health policy at its best

By Gaujot - Oct 21 2019
Read more
Dan is a perfect host. He has interesting guests for reasonably deep dives. He probes further when appropriate. Overall he leaves guests more (or newly) informed about critical issues in health policy.

Solid, informative

By Multiplyd - Sep 26 2019
Read more
Dan is a great reporter. Imthis is a wonky podcast that those who are interested in healthcare would really enjoy. It talks about policy and politics related to the health industry. Good guests appearances..
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POLITICO's Pulse Check

Latest release on Jul 09, 2020

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Weekly conversations with some of the most interesting and influential people in health care, hosted by POLITICO Pulse author Dan Diamond.

Rank #1: Farzad Mostashari on how government really works

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Farzad Mostashari has been on the frontlines of health care's biggest stories — from New York City's war on smoking to the Obama administration's $30 billion push for electronic health records. Now he's the CEO of Aledade, a fast-growing company that blends digital and population health and riding the wave of Obamacare startups. 

Farzad sat down with POLITICO's Dan Diamond to discuss his beginnings in public health (starts at the 2:20 mark), his move to become the nation's leader on health IT (8:55), his thoughts on the Meaningful Use program (15:00), what it's like to be a government regulator (20:30), why he started Aledade (28:00), whether MACRA is a boon for the industry (34:00), if independent doctors are endangered and how new Medicare pilots will help (41:00). 

Plus: Don't miss the lightning round quiz at 48:00.

May 05 2016

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Rank #2: Kate Baicker on busting Obamacare myths

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The politics of health care are messy. Obamacare is haunted by myths. And that's why Harvard's Kate Baicker — a former White House economist and one of the nation's most acclaimed researchers — is so focused on using evidence, not anecdotes, to shape America's health policies. Baicker talks about building a career in research (starts at the 1:55 minute mark), her pioneering work with the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment (8:45), what she thinks of Obamacare’s cost controls and President Obama’s pitch for a public option (24:30), whether the ACA did enough to bend the cost curve (34:00), and what beltway pundits get wrong about health policy (41:30). Plus: Don't miss the lightning round quiz at 46:10. We’d appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app! Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email ddiamond@politico.com.

Jul 14 2016

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Rank #3: Karen DeSalvo on how data will transform health care

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Growing up, Karen DeSalvo never planned to have one of the nation’s most important health care jobs. Now she has two of them. As National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, she’s the White House’s point person on digitizing health care — and as acting Assistant Secretary for Health, she also helps guide the nation's public health strategy. Dr. DeSalvo joined POLITICO's Dan Diamond to discuss how she’s shaped by her upbringing (starts at the 1:20 mark), her perspective as New Orleans health commissioner post-Katrina (4:20), how she balances her two big jobs (15:45), the nation’s progress on digital records (20:00), and why white life expectancy has declined (32:00). Plus: Don't miss the lightning round quiz at 42:00. We’d appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app! Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email ddiamond@politico.com.

Jun 02 2016

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Rank #4: Aneesh Chopra on why health care's data revolution has arrived

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Aneesh Chopra has a lot of titles. He was the nation's first Chief Technology Officer, under President Obama. He's been a venture capitalist, a consultant, an entrepreneur and an author. And according to David Axelrod, Chopra is an evangelist for the power of “digitizing information” — especially in health care. Chopra joined POLITICO's Dan Diamond to reminisce about what they learned at the Advisory Board (starts at the 2:30 mark), why Chopra left the private sector to go work for Tim Kaine (8:15), what he did as the White House’s first CTO and his perspective on Obamacare (14:30), why he’s so bullish on the power of health data (23:30), why he thinks the government is leading the way (32:30), and what Silicon Valley can do in health care (40:15). Plus: Don't miss the lightning round quiz at 51:10. We’d appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app! Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email ddiamond@politico.com.

Sep 15 2016

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Rank #5: Jon Favreau and Rick Wilson on bad bills and worse messaging

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The Affordable Care Act has polled poorly for years — but Republicans’ health bill is polling even worse. What does it mean for the GOP to have such an unpopular bill, and how can progressives take advantage of it? On this PULSE CHECK, you’ll hear from two experts in political messaging and strategy. First, Jon Favreau, who was the chief speechwriter for President Obama and is a cofounder of Crooked Media, a new liberal political media network, sits down with POLITICO’s Dan Diamond to talk about setting Affordable Care Act strategy, Republicans’ struggles to craft a health bill of their own, and how his views on media have changed since starting a media company. (Starts at the 1:50 mark.) Then after the break, Rick Wilson, a Republican strategist who helped attack the Affordable Care Act, explains why Obamacare’s pre-existing conditions protections are the “nuclear bomb” against critics of the law, why he's no fan of Republicans' current health care strategy, and how the GOP is risking the party’s political future by pushing a bad bill. (Starts at the 38:50 mark.) We’d appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app! Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email ddiamond@politico.com.

May 11 2017

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Rank #6: She's a Medicaid expert. He's the ex-CEO of Apple. Here's how they see the GOP bill.

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President Donald Trump reportedly bashed the House health bill as “mean, mean, mean." But will the Senate's version be any better? And what do experts want senators to know as they finalize their bill? On this episode of PULSE CHECK, Dan Diamond talks with two people with very different perspectives — and significant concerns — as changes to the health system loom in Congress. First, Diane Rowland of the Kaiser Family Foundation sits down (starts at the 2:25 mark) to talk about Kaiser’s latest polling on Republicans’ health care efforts and how possible Medicaid cuts could hurt Trump's voters. Then after the break, John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple and Pepsi and now a health care investor and executive, talks about his own meetings with Republicans on the Hill this week and his thoughts on how dramatic changes could complicate the business of health care. (Starts at 30:46.) We’d appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app! Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email ddiamond@politico.com or tweet him @ddiamond.

Jun 15 2017

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Rank #7: Coronavirus: One-on-one with Scott Gottlieb

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"We can't afford to let this happen again," said the former FDA commissioner, offering advice on next steps.

Dan Diamond sits down with Gottlieb, who's become one of the most prominent voices publicly on coronavirus while privately advising the Trump administration on its response.

Gottlieb discussed his new travel routine (starts at the 1:15 mark), the tragedy unfolding in New York City (4:15), the next cities he thinks are at risk, (11:30), his aggressive warnings on coronavirus (16:10) and his advice to the administration and whether he'd go back inside (23:45).

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Gottlieb and Luciana Borio on Jan. 28 urged leaders to "act now to prevent an American epidemic."

Gottlieb and fellow former FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan this week issued a road map to combat COVID-19.

POLITICO called Gottlieb "the shadow coronavirus czar" — a term he disputed.

Mar 27 2020

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Rank #8: ‘Only 23 million more uninsured’

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Republicans’ health care legislation continues to lurch forward, with the Congressional Budget Office this week again predicting the bill will lead to 20-million-plus more uninsured in a decade. On this episode of PULSE CHECK, we discuss how the CBO score is playing in Washington and what’s ahead for the unpopular bill. First, POLITICO’s Jen Haberkorn and Paul Demko discuss their reporting from Capitol Hill, address the latest reports about the health of Obamacare and share how the Senate is approaching its efforts. (Starts at 1:45.) Then, Matt Fiedler of the Brookings Institution — and the former chief economist of the Obama administration’s Council of Economic Advisers — shares his analysis of the GOP bill and why he thinks the most recent changes made it worse. (Starts at 27:10.) We’d appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app! Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email ddiamond@politico.com.

May 26 2017

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Rank #9: Andy Slavitt on what's next for health care - and him

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Andy Slavitt has been busy: Since leaving office in January, the man who ran Medicare, Medicaid and the ACA has mounted a whirlwind defense of Obamacare, holding town halls coast to coast and being ever-present on social media. And in a repeat podcast appearance, Slavitt rejoins POLITICO's Dan Diamond to explain his strategy — and what this year has been like as his profile exploded. Andy discusses how he morphed from Obama administration official to the ACA's most visible advocate (starts at the 3:00 mark), the bipartisan solutions he thinks are necessary in health care (6:30), what he thinks HHS will do and why he thinks his criticism of the GOP is fair (12:00), whether he'd ever run for office (25:00), if he still needs the media as someone with 100,000-plus Twitter followers (34:30), and what he's learned about communications strategy since leaving office (42:20). Note: This conversation was recorded in late July, a few days before the Senate GOP health bill failed on the floor. We’d appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app! Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email ddiamond@politico.com or tweet him @ddiamond.

Aug 09 2017

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Rank #10: Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove on what he's telling his senator, and news roundup

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Republicans' health care push continues to grip the Capitol and keep the industry on high alert. On this episode of PULSE CHECK, we review how that effort is unfolding in D.C. but also in Ohio, in a sit-down interview with one of America's most powerful health care leaders. First, POLITICO's Jen Haberkorn joins Dan Diamond to discuss her reporting on the latest twists and turns in the GOP health care push (starts at the 1:45 mark). Then Dr. Toby Cosgrove, the heart surgeon who runs the Cleveland Clinic, talks about why he turned down both the Obama and Trump administration's overtures about being VA Secretary, what he's telling Ohio Sen. Rob Portman about Republicans' health bill and his view on the health care industry's challenges (starts at the 12:45 mark). We’d appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app! Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email ddiamond@politico.com or tweet him @ddiamond.

Jun 30 2017

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Rank #11: Six things missing in the Medicare-for-All debate

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POLITICO's Alice Miranda Ollstein and Adam Cancryn join Dan Diamond to discuss what's getting missed in the presidential debates about Medicare-for-all, from the likely Senate math in 2021 to the complications posed by Obamacare repeal.

The PBS NewsHour/POLITICO presidential primary debate will be held on Thursday Dec. 19 and also televised on CNN.

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Alice's story with Alex Thompson and Holly Otterbein about how Medicare-for-all proposals caused trouble for candidates like Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.

Adam's story about the Partnership for America's Health Care Future, the industry-backed group working to kill Medicare expansion.

Dan's story about how the Obama administration weakened the Affordable Care Act's cost-cutting measures to preserve jobs during the recession.

Dec 12 2019

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Rank #12: Nicholas Bagley on Trump’s legal threat to Obamacare and news roundup

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The central fight over the ACA has (for now) moved from Congress to the White House, where President Donald Trump is debating whether to yank key payments for insurers. But some senators are hinting that a bipartisan compromise on Obamacare is coming — as long as Trump doesn’t blow up their efforts, that is. First, POLITICO’s Jennifer Haberkorn and Paul Demko join Dan Diamond to talk about what's next in the Senate, the legal case that gives Trump the power to nix the payments, and what it was like to watch the dramatic vote early Friday morning. (Starts at 1:30.) Then after the break, Nicholas Bagley, a University of Michigan law professor who’s a leading voice on the ACA's legal issues, explains the theory behind the current case, what happens in the courts if Trump yanks the payments, and the series of legal attacks on Obamacare over the years. (Starts at the 22:45 mark). We’d appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app! Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email ddiamond@politico.com or tweet him @ddiamond. Stories referenced on the podcast: Jen’s story on how the GOP got stuck on repeal: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/31/republicans-obamacare-repeal-241152 Paul’s story on Trump’s looming decision on ACA payments: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/31/obamacare-payments-insurers-trump-decision-241171

Aug 03 2017

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Rank #13: The fall of Theranos, with 'Bad Blood' author John Carreyrou

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In 2015, the Wall Street Journal's John Carreyrou revealed that the blood tests developed by Theranos — the $9 billion company led by Elizabeth Holmes — didn't work. Now John's out with "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup," a book that offers new details about Holmes, her fraud and her efforts to kill his investigation.

John joined POLITICO's Dan Diamond to discuss how he got the story and walk through the Theranos timeline (starts at the 1:35 mark), how Holmes was able to attract staff, investors and media attention (12:00), why government regulators didn't spot the fraud (21:30), why staff were scared to blow the whistle (28:15), what Carreyrou thinks of reporters who missed the story and more on his journalistic process (33:30).

At the end, there's a lighting round of listener-submitted questions at 43:30.

We'd appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app!

Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email ddiamond@politico.com.

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John's initial story on Theranos in 2015: https://www.wsj.com/articles/theranos-has-struggled-with-blood-tests-1444881901

Fortune Magazine's 2014 cover story on Holmes, one of many laudatory articles: http://fortune.com/2014/06/12/theranos-blood-holmes/

John's new book, "Bad Blood." https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078VW3VM7/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against Holmes and her lieutenant Sunny Balwani this month: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-files-criminal-charges-against-theranoss-elizabeth-holmes-ramesh-balwani-1529096005

Jun 20 2018

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Rank #14: Why Obama's Datapalooza is still thriving under Trump

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The Trump administration has discarded or reworked a number of Obama-era programs. But this week's Health Datapalooza — an annual conference launched by Obama officials and hosted by Academy Health — has received the current administration's full support, a reminder that the desire to improve data can trump partisan politics.

On the podcast, Academy Health CEO Lisa Simpson joined POLITICO’s Dan Diamond to discuss the Datapalooza conference (starts at the 1:25 mark), why the Trump administration continues to supports the event and how the White House has shaped the current climate for researchers (3:20), why Academy Health focuses on "health services research" and how Lisa would like academic research to change (8:15) and the state of data, particularly as Silicon Valley firms eye health care (13:30).

After the break, POLITICO’s Mohana Ravindranath discusses her reporting on the Trump administration's data-access initiatives. (Starts at the 18:45 mark.)

Dan also remembers POLITICO’s Brett Norman, who died last week at age 43. (Starts at the 29:35 mark.)

Apr 25 2018

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Rank #15: What's next for the GOP health bill, and Mario Molina on his surprise firing

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The Republican plan to repeal Obamacare has made it through the House. What are its chances in the Senate, and what's the ripple effect for the industry? That's the focus of this week's PULSE CHECK, with a mix of news analysis and a guest who may have lost his job because of his pro-Obamacare advocacy. First, POLITICO's Jen Haberkorn and Adam Cancryn join Dan Diamond to discuss their reporting about the American Health Care Act and what lies ahead in the Senate (Starts at the 1:30 mark.) Then Mario Molina, the former head of Molina Healthcare who was fired this week, joins PULSE CHECK to discuss his surprising exit, his view on the Republican health bill and why he doesn't regret speaking out in support of Obamacare (Starts at 35:30). We’d appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app! Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email ddiamond@politico.com.

May 05 2017

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Rank #16: NYC health commissioner Mary Bassett and Chicago health commissioner Julie Morita

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The nation heard from President Donald Trump on Wednesday, who again urged Republicans to repeal the ACA. Congress continues to loudly battle over the law, and governors have spoken out too. But one voice that’s been largely ignored: Local health leaders. And on this episode of PULSE CHECK, two big city health commissioners — New York City commissioner Mary Bassett and Chicago commissioner Julie Morita — join POLITICO’s Dan Diamond to explain how Republicans’ plan would hit their cities, why they prioritize "health" over "health care" and how they're addressing persistent social inequality. They also walk through what it’s like to be a city health commissioner — a role that both describe as their dream job. We’d appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app! Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email ddiamond@politico.com or tweet him @ddiamond. NOTE: Dan will be at Politicon.com next week for a live-taping of POLITICO’s Nerdcast podcast and to moderate a panel on health care. Stories referenced on the podcast: How the Cleveland Clinic gets healthier while its neighborhood stays sick: http://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/obamacare-cleveland-clinic-non-profit-hospital-taxes/ How hospitals got richer off Obamacare: http://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/obamacare-non-profit-hospital-taxes/

Jul 20 2017

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Rank #17: Atul Gawande on Washington, writing and what really matters

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Atul Gawande doesn't really need an introduction — but if PULSE CHECK were to provide one, it would highlight his work as a New Yorker writer, researcher, best-selling author, surgeon and founder of two non-profits. (Among other responsibilities.)

Atul sat down with POLITICO's Dan Diamond to discuss how he manages his schedule (starts at the 2:05 mark), his book "Being Mortal" and how he thinks its lessons have resonated (5:50), his perspective on politics and public health (11:20), his early career as a Hill staffer and Clinton-era appointee at HHS (18:00), whether he'd ever take a job in D.C. again (26:00) and his writing process (28:00). Plus, stick around to hear Atul answer PULSE CHECK listener questions, which starts at the 40:20 mark.

We’d appreciate your help: Please share PULSE CHECK and rate us on your favorite podcast app!

Have questions, suggestions or feedback? Email ddiamond@politico.com.

Stories and book referenced on the podcast:

Atul's 2015 book, "Being Mortal": https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JCW0BCY/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Atul's 2009 story, "The Cost Conundrum": https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/06/01/the-cost-conundrum

Atul's 2009 story, "Hellhole": https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/03/30/hellhole

Nov 02 2017

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Rank #18: HealthCare.Glum? The latest on the ACA

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Policy wonks are increasingly pessimistic about Affordable Care Act open enrollment this year, as sign-ups fall further behind last year's pace.

What's next for health coverage — in 2018 and beyond?

First, Noah Lang of Stride Health joins POLITICO's Dan Diamond to discuss Stride's new partnership with CMS to help workers for Uber, Etsy and other gig economy companies get covered.

Then, POLITICO's Adam Cancryn and Alice Miranda Ollstein review the ACA sign-up slowdown, Democrats' tricky policy fight over Medicare for All and why the Supreme Court turned down a chance to weigh in on abortion.

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Sign-ups on HealthCare.gov are about 10 percent behind last year's pace, according to CMS data released Wednesday. There are many possible culprits.

Adam's story on progressives' looming dispute over Medicare for All.

Alice's story on the Supreme Court rejecting petitions to hear cases involving Planned Parenthood.

Dec 13 2018

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Rank #19: Inside the fight shaking HHS, with Adam Cancryn and Rachana Pradhan

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HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CMS Administrator Seema Verma are the two most important health officials in the Humphrey building — but they've spent months disagreeing on policy, personnel and priorities. The longstanding cold war between them has heated up amid questions over Verma's use of outside public relations contractors.

On this episode of "Pulse Check," POLITICO's Dan Diamond joins colleagues Adam Cancryn and Rachana Pradhan to discuss the team's recent reporting on the Azar-Verma relationship, what it means for the Trump administration's policies and where it's all headed.

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Verma's faced congressional inquiries and an inspector general probe following a POLITICO report that she directed millions of federal dollars toward PR communications contracts that benefited her personal brand.

Azar and Verma's battles have affected big ideas — like the administration's plans to replace Obamacare — and smaller moments like who gets to announce new regulations, POLITICO reported last week.

Azar also has clashed with the White House — and specifically Joe Grogan, the domestic policy council chief — over policy ideas.

Dec 05 2019

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Rank #20: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

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"All the great gains that we've made in this country, reducing smoking rates ... all of that will be reversed or lost if we can't address the youth use of e-cigarettes."

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is planning a crackdown on sales of e-cigarettes — a story that broke on Thursday — and he sat down exclusively with POLITICO to talk about why the agency is making such a dramatic move.

Gottlieb joined POLITICO's Dan Diamond to discuss his infamous "almonds don't lactate" comment and other nutrition news (starts at the 6:00 mark), explain his concerns about e-cigarettes and tease the FDA's pending crackdown (14:45), answer questions about the Trump administration's approach to science and vaccines (30:30), discuss FDA's new approach to approving opioids (35:30) and explain why the FDA's drug importation working group has been so low-profile (38:30).

And stick around for the lightning round of questions about Gottlieb's job, which starts at 42:30.

But first, POLITICO's Sarah Owermohle joins the podcast to put the e-cigarette news in context (starts at the 1:45 mark).

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Gottlieb's infamous "an almond doesn't lactate" line at the POLITICO Pro summit.

TV host Stephen Colbert touting "An Almond Doesn't Lacate" line of t-shirts.

The FDA and Department of Agriculture's turf battle over lab-grown meat.

Gottlieb's reported plan to crack down on sales of e-cigarettes.

The fight over fetal tissue research inside HHS pitting "pro-life against pro-science."

Concerns about President Trump's inaccurate comments about vaccines.

FDA's formation of a working group to look at drug importation.

Gottlieb's announcement of a new approach to opioid approvals.

Nov 09 2018

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Coronavirus: 6 months in, 6 months out

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Host Dan Diamond and Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel look back at the past 6 months of the coronavirus pandemic — and discuss what's next for 2020. But first, Dan puts a damper on Jeremy's 2021 wedding plans.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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  • CDC official Nancy Knight joined Pulse Check last year to discuss her team of “disease detectives”

Dan Diamond is the host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Jeremy Siegel is a host of POLITICO Dispatch and produced this episode. 
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio. 

Jul 09 2020

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Trump's big bet on a vaccine

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Host Dan Diamond and Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel discuss the Trump administration's efforts to fast-track a vaccine — and whether there's such a thing as too fast when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. But first, should Dan be telling random people to wear face masks?

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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Dan Diamond is the host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Jeremy Siegel is a host of POLITICO Dispatch and produced this episode. 
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio. 

Jul 02 2020

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Bolton, China and Coronavirus

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John Bolton's newly-released memoir has made waves across Washington, D.C., with explosive allegations about how President Trump handled foreign policy. But what does Bolton's experience in the White House tell us about the Trump administration's coronavirus response? Host Dan Diamond talks with Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel about how Trump's relationship with China's President Xi has influenced his handling of the pandemic — and how coronavirus has reshaped America's standing on the world stage.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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  • Bolton's memoir sheds light on the president's Covid response


Dan Diamond is the host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Jeremy Siegel is a host of POLITICO Dispatch and produced this episode. 
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio. 

Jun 25 2020

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Operation Vaccine: Warp Speed Ahead?

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Hydroxychloroquine is out. Dexamethasone is in. Host Dan Diamond talks with health reporter Sarah Overmohle and Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel about the elusive search for a coronavirus treatment — and the latest on the high-speed race for a vaccine. 

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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Dan Diamond is the host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Sarah Owermohle is a health care reporter for POLITICO covering drug policy and the drug industry. 
Jeremy Siegel is a host of POLITICO Dispatch and produced this episode. 
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

Jun 18 2020

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U.S. Surgeon General: George Floyd "could have been me"

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U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams joins host Dan Diamond to discuss America's dual pandemics: the coronavirus crisis and systemic racism in the health care system, and how the killing of George Floyd is affecting him personally.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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Dan Diamond is host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Jerome Adams is U.S. Surgeon General.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

Jun 11 2020

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Coronavirus is a magnifying glass on racial inequity

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Host Dan Diamond talks with Samantha Artiga — who heads up the Kaiser Family Foundation’s work on health disparities — on the intersection of the coronavirus pandemic and protests on racial inequality spurned by the death of George Floyd.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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Dan Diamond is host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Samantha Artiga is Director of the Disparities Policy Project at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.
Jeremy Siegel  is a host for POLITICO Dispatch.

Jun 04 2020

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Coronavirus: A grim milestone

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Host Dan Diamond talks with Nightly author Renuka Rayasam and  Dispatch Host Jeremy Siegel on the contrasts between national and regional responses to Covid-19. More and more states are re-opening even as the national death toll mounts to more than 100,000.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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  • U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 100,000 as Trump pushes to reopen

Dan Diamond is host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Jeremy Siegel  is a host for POLITICO Dispatch.
Renuka Rayasam is an author of POLITICO Nightly.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

May 28 2020

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Coronavirus: Some members of the National Guard face a 'hard stop'

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Health care reporter Alice Miranda Ollstein and guest host Jeremy Siegel dig into Alice's story on the 'hard stop' that 40,000 National Guard members currently face. The Trump administration’s order currently ends deployments on June 24, just one day before thousands would qualify for education and retirement benefits.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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  • 'Hard stop': States could lose National Guard virus workers

Dan Diamond is host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Jeremy Siegel  is a host for POLITICO Dispatch.
Alice Miranda Ollstein is a health care reporter for POLITICO.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

May 21 2020

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Coronavirus: Rick Bright's explosive whistleblower claim

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Host Dan Diamond, health reporter Sarah Owermohle and POLITICO Dispatch host Jeremy Siegel look at Dr. Rick Bright, the ousted vaccine expert turned whistleblower testifying Thursday in Congress.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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Dan Diamond is host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Sarah Owermohle is a healthcare reporter for POLITICO.
Jeremy Siegel  is a host for POLITICO Dispatch.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

May 14 2020

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Coronavirus: Inside the White House's race for more tests

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Host Dan Diamond and POLITICO Dispatch host Jeremy Siegel look at the Trump administration's efforts to ramp up testing to get the country to re-open...and grade how well Jared Kushner's team has done.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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Dan Diamond is host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Jeremy Siegel  is a host for POLITICO Dispatch.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

May 07 2020

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Coronavirus: The rocky road at HHS

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Host Dan Diamond, health reporter Adam Cancryn and POLITICO Dispatch host Jeremy Siegel discuss how the dysfunction at the agency of Health and Human Services happened at the worst possible time... and how HHS is being sidelined in the current coronavirus response.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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Dan Diamond is host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Adam Cancryn is a health care reporter and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Jeremy Siegel  is a host for POLITICO Dispatch.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

Apr 30 2020

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Coronavirus: Why Surgeon General Jerome Adams was sidelined

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Host Dan Diamond, Maya King and Jeremy Siegel discuss new CDC data that shows that Covid-19 is affecting black Americans at at higher rates and how the Trump administration — and specifically, Surgeon General Jerome Adams — are responding to criticism.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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Dan Diamond is host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Maya King  is the Campaign 2020 reporting fellow at POLITICO.
Jeremy Siegel  is a host for POLITICO Dispatch.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

Apr 23 2020

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Coronavirus: Inside America's two-decade failure to prepare

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Host Dan Diamond and Dispatch host Jeremy Siegel examine how previous presidential administrations prepared — or didn’t — for the possibility of a pandemic… and how those actions led to the crisis today.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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  • Dan Diamond talked to top officials from three administrations for his deep investigation tracing the disease preparedness plans over the last 20 years.


Dan Diamond is host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter.
Jeremy Siegel  is a host for POLITICO Dispatch.
Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio. 
Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio.
Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.

Apr 16 2020

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Coronavirus: Trump versus his health officials

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Host Dan Diamond and White House reporter Nancy Cook talk about President Donald Trump versus ... everyone else in a conversation with Dispatch host Jeremy Siegel.

The White House's coronavirus strategy has stirred rebukes from career health officials. Meanwhile, Trump attacked the HHS inspector general after the watchdog's survey on coronavirus readiness.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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  • Dan Diamond and Nancy Cook broke down Trump's 'Hail Mary' drug push rattling his health team.
  • Brianna Ehley and Alice Miranda Ollstein detailed the HHS watchdog report about hospitals' lack of coronavirus readiness — a report that stirred Trump's anger.

Apr 09 2020

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Coronavirus: Behind-the-scenes on the pandemic playbook

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Dan Diamond and Nahal Toosi describe the process of getting the secret "pandemic playbook" from sources — while keeping a safe six-feet social distance, of course. 

Plus, Dispatch host Jeremy Siegel asks Dan and Nahal about the shadow coronavirus task force being headed by Jared Kushner.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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Dan Diamond and Nahal Toosi broke the story of the NSC's pandemic playbook — a document the Trump administration largely ignored.

Jared Kushner has emerged as a central figure coordinating the coronavirus response.

Apr 02 2020

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Coronavirus: One-on-one with Scott Gottlieb

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"We can't afford to let this happen again," said the former FDA commissioner, offering advice on next steps.

Dan Diamond sits down with Gottlieb, who's become one of the most prominent voices publicly on coronavirus while privately advising the Trump administration on its response.

Gottlieb discussed his new travel routine (starts at the 1:15 mark), the tragedy unfolding in New York City (4:15), the next cities he thinks are at risk, (11:30), his aggressive warnings on coronavirus (16:10) and his advice to the administration and whether he'd go back inside (23:45).

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Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Gottlieb and Luciana Borio on Jan. 28 urged leaders to "act now to prevent an American epidemic."

Gottlieb and fellow former FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan this week issued a road map to combat COVID-19.

POLITICO called Gottlieb "the shadow coronavirus czar" — a term he disputed.

Mar 27 2020

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Coronavirus: Over by Easter? Not likely.

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Dan Diamond and Dispatch host Jeremy Siegel provide a truth check on some of President Trump’s most recent claims and tell us where the U.S. coronavirus outbreak is heading.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters.

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Dan detailed Trump's focus on short-term decision-making and the risk to long-term coronavirus planning.

Health officials want the president to double down on public health interventions, not lighten up, POLITICO's Adam Cancryn and Nancy Cook report.

"If it were possible to wave a magic wand and make all Americans freeze in place for 14 days while sitting six feet apart, epidemiologists say, the whole epidemic would sputter to a halt," Donald G. McNeil Jr. writes at the New York Times.

Mar 26 2020

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Coronavirus: Inside Trump's response

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U.S. health officials have told Americans to begin preparing for the coronavirus outbreak. What's the current risk to the United States — and what is the Trump administration doing to protect us? 

David Lim joined Dan Diamond to discuss the state of public health, Trump's response and POLITICO's own reporting about the spreading outbreak.

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David was first to report that problems with CDC lab tests were delaying efforts to expand U.S. screening for coronavirus. In a follow-up story, David reported that the CDC wasn't ready to detect stealth coronavirus spread — hours before a new case of "unknown origin" was announced in California, after testing had been delayed for days. 

Dan reported on the growing scrutiny on whether CDC was adequately prepared to fight the virus and on how the Trump administration was increasingly seeing the outbreak as the biggest threat to the president's re-election. 

Dan also joined POLITICO's Nancy Cook to scoop that the White House was considering a shake-up to the coronavirus task force, hours before President Donald Trump announced that Vice President Mike Pence would oversee efforts instead of HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

Feb 27 2020

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Exit interview: Rebekah Gee on reshaping Louisiana's health program

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As Louisiana health secretary, Rebekah Gee oversaw Medicaid expansion, struck a novel drug-pricing deal — and faced constant Republican attacks over her pro-abortion-rights record — before resigning last month. Gee sat down with POLITICO's Dan Diamond to reflect on her four years leading Louisiana's health department and what she's learned about public health and politics.

After the break, POLITICO's Alice Miranda Ollstein walks through the case previously known as June Medical v. Gee, one of the most anticipated Supreme Court cases this year, which could reshape abortion access in America.

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Gee oversaw Louisiana's Medicaid expansion, which has enrolled more than 400,000 people, amid criticism from Republicans.

Gee also hammered out a novel "subscription" model to rein in spending on Hepatitis C drugs.

A New York Times op-ed writer named Gee as one of five people who "spread hope" in 2019.

Gee split with her boss, Gov. John Bel Edwards, over whether to allow a proton beam imaging center.

Chosen as Louisiana health secretary in 2016, Gee faced persistent criticism from anti-abortion groups.

Feb 13 2020

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The Wuhan coronavirus: Understanding the threat and government response

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More than 100 people are dead from a new virus that originated in Wuhan, China, and thousands of others around the world are infected as the outbreak spreads quickly. How worried should we be?

Chris Meekins, who served as a top emergency-response official at HHS, joined POLITICO's Dan Diamond to explain what we know about the new coronavirus and how his former HHS team fights viral outbreaks like this one.

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The health department has warned that the virus is a threat but stressed that Americans should not be worried about their personal safety.

U.S. officials have praised China's response on the coronavirus outbreak — up to a point.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, campaigning for Democrats' presidential nomination, released a new plan to fight infectious disease.

The U.S. government has a secret stockpile of drugs and supplies meant to save us in a bioterror attack, Lena Sun wrote last year in the Washington Post.

Jan 30 2020

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Health policy at its best

By Gaujot - Oct 21 2019
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Dan is a perfect host. He has interesting guests for reasonably deep dives. He probes further when appropriate. Overall he leaves guests more (or newly) informed about critical issues in health policy.

Solid, informative

By Multiplyd - Sep 26 2019
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Dan is a great reporter. Imthis is a wonky podcast that those who are interested in healthcare would really enjoy. It talks about policy and politics related to the health industry. Good guests appearances..