Autopsy of a Failed Health Insurance Experiment: Did It Die of Natural Causes, or Was It Murdered?

It was just another week for the Trump administration. A senior official resigned after admitting to major ethics violations, the President insulted millions of innocent brown-skinned Americans on Twitter, and quietly—so quietly that almost no one noticed—the Department of Health and Human Services pulled another Jenga block out of the teetering tower that is the Affordable Care Act. Fortunately, it did not fall.

But it did become more expensive. And in that understated tragedy, we find our mystery: Was that HHS’s intent all along?

This essay was originally published on the “Bill of Health” blog at Harvard Law School.

Price School, Zerunyan endeavor to establish PhD policy, management program in Armenia

The USC Price School of Public Policy is pursuing a plan to establish a special doctoral program in public policy and management in Armenia, designed to build the academic infrastructure to address the significant public management needs of this growing country and region.

Who’s Really in Charge? Government Bureaucracy Under Attack

Bureaucracy is so boring. Who cares? Not you, right? Well then, you’re in for an unwelcome surprise because the people who run our government from day to day aren’t the ones you voted for. Our democracy depends on the men and women of the bureaucracy. They execute the laws, and lately they’ve been doing it without supportive leadership, without the trust of the public … without a voice.

In this episode, William Resh is their voice, and we would be wise to listen.

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We need female leaders

In her latest blog post, Jue Song, discusses how representation of women in leadership roles is important.

Women have a proven track of record of excellent leadership. For example, research has shown that in India, the number of drinking water projects in women-led areas was 62% higher than in those with men-led councils. Similarly, a direct positive causal relationship between the presence of women in municipal councils and childcare coverage was found in Norway.

Announcing Policy at the Playhouse Partnership

Policy at the Playhouse began as an initiative at the USC Bedrosian Center with the idea that conversations about governance happen in many different forms and must be voiced by many different communities. Because the School of Dramatic Arts is steeped in the language and voices of artists in the field, this partnership will allow the program to grow and deepen within the USC community. The initiative will provide conversations about theatrical productions on and off campus, as well as create a new podcast of the same name to bring conversations about Angeleno theatre to off-campus audiences.

Cheers to Raphael Bostic, who will serve as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

We are pleased to congratulate Professor Raphael Bostic on his appointment as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. This appointment is felt by our community as both as a significant gain for the Federal Reserve and the southeastern region (given Raphael’s combination of policy experience, government service, and his distinguished academic record) and…

Good Governance and the Democratic Process

The “causes of faction are…sown in the nature of man,” said James Madison. But could the founders have foreseen the level of political polarization we’re seeing today? They certainly tried. That’s why we have separation of powers, checks and balances, and the Bill of Rights. In many ways, these institutions are under attack. Power has been concentrated, and minority rights have been threatened. How shall become of our constitutional system?

In this episode, we navigate this treacherous onslaught with Dean Jack Knott.

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Is Solidifying Borders the Answer to the Migrant Crisis in Europe?

2nd year MPP candidate, Robyn Burleson, tackles the growing refugee crisis in this overview piece.

The European Union is struggling to mitigate Europe’s refugee crisis as migrants flee civil wars and poverty in Syria, Iraq, and other nations caught up in domestic upheavals. Approximately 60 million people have been displaced because of conflicts around the world, the largest number of displaced people since World War 2. More than one million migrants traveled to Europe in 2015 alone, and Syria is the largest source of those refugees. The numbers of refugees continue to climb as civil wars escalate, and the majority of the migrants are arriving in Greece, Italy, and Turkey.

Price Projection Room

The Price Projection Room features conversations about film and television with interesting folks from across USC (theatre, cinema, public policy, and governance) to look at visual storytelling, media literacy, diversity, and the public good. We want to be smarter about the TV and movies we fill our time with, what our stories tell us, and how can be better together.

This podcast is sponsored by Price Video Services and USC Bedrosian Center, and continues our ongoing efforts to bring policy and its impact into the public discourse.

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