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Aug 11 2017

C-SPAN: Ron Pollack and Grace-Marie Turner on Health Care Reform

August 11, 2017

Health care advocates Ron Pollack and Grace-Marie Turner discuss their work as members of the Convergence Center’s Health Reform Roundtable and their bipartisan proposal for health care reform.

Aug 9 2017

Top Democratic, Republican health experts agree on this plan to fix Obamacare

August 9, 2017
Vox

“A prominent and unlikely group of liberal and conservative health experts have authored an ambitious plan to fix the Affordable Care Act — and they plan to make a hard push for their ideas on Capitol Hill. The plan is notable because it has the support of especially well-connected health advisers on both sides of the aisle.”

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Aug 9 2017

Bipartisan health policy coalition urges Congress to strengthen the ACA

August 9, 2017
The Washington Post

“An unlikely coalition of liberal and conservative health-policy leaders is calling on Congress to strengthen the existing health-care law in a variety of ways to help Americans get and keep insurance. In particular, the group is urging the government to continue paying all the federal subsidies provided under the Affordable Care Act and to help Americans enroll in coverage.”

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Jun 28 2017

Tear Up the GOP Health Bill and Start Over

June 28, 2017
The Wall Street Journal

William A. Galston points to our Heath Reform Roundtable ideas as a possible way forward in his weekly column:

“This week a bipartisan group of health-care experts, represented by Lanhee Chen of the conservative Hoover Institution and Ron Pollack of the liberal Families USA, presented their consensus in an op-ed for this newspaper. Messrs. Chen and Pollack suggested means-tested subsidies for low-income Americans, “reasonable limits” on the tax-exclusion for employer-sponsored insurance, “carefully developed state testing” as a “primary engine” for Medicaid reform, and increased flexibility for states, subject to “safeguards” to prevent funds intended to help the poor from being diverted up the income scale or for other purposes. Overall, they wrote that these “incremental policies” would ‘help families of limited means secure the care they need.’”

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Jun 26 2017

Health-Reform Principles That Can Cross Party Lines

Wall Street Journal
Monday, June 26, 2017

Convergence’s Health Reform Roundtable published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on their views on health reform.

“The current congressional debate about health reform focuses on two closely linked issues: how to structure subsidies and the future of Medicaid. We write to support two propositions that can better serve economically vulnerable families, while also ensuring that public dollars are spent effectively. First, we believe public subsidies for private insurance premiums should be means-adjusted to make coverage affordable for lower-income people. Second, we believe states should be given new flexibility to streamline coverage options in Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and other publicly supported insurance, so that families can obtain the coverage that best suits their circumstances and serves their needs.”

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Jun 15 2017

Making Way, Collaboratively

Policy building philosophy shared with students.

Rob Fersh and Convergence’s board chair, Rich Korn, implement the values they learned during their time as a student at Cornell into the organization. The ILR school gave they a strong foundation for the work he’s done, and continues to do, through Convergence. “Building trust, identifying solutions, and forming unlikely alliances for critical national issues” are the values that Convergence is based on; Rob and Rich implement these values into the class they teach to ILR students each Spring at Cornell as the building blocks to a solution that can perhaps combat the distinct partisan split this country is facing.

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May 18 2017

Education Reimagined – Shift Your Paradigm podcast

Want to learn more about learner-centered learning and learner-centered leadership? Check out the podcast, Shift Your Paradigm: from school-centered to learner-centered, a collaboration between Education Reimagined and TLTalkRadio.

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