Covering people with pre-existing conditions is popular, problematic : Two hundred of the roughly 35,000 people insured by Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative in 2015 accounted for 53% of its medical and pharmacy costs. It wasn’t an aberration. About 500 of the roughly 18,000 people insured by Unity Health Insurance and Gundersen Health Plan last year accounted for half of their medical and pharmacy costs.

Where Will the Medical Misfits Go? : People with health insurance tend to think of safety-net hospitals the way airline travelers think of the bus: as a cheaper service they would use only if they had to. But without these essential hospitals — which specialize in the care of our country’s most medically and financially vulnerable, particularly the uninsured — our entire health care system would be in danger. Neither the Trump administration nor congressional Republicans seem to understand this.

The Dumb Politics of Elite Condescension : I have worked virtually my entire adult life on gender bias, so when I hear that President Trump’s election means that we should abandon identity politics, I’m not persuaded. Politics is always about identity, no less for Mr. Trump than for the African-American feminist bell hooks. To win in 2018 and especially 2020, Democrats need more identity politics — not less.

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