Jordan Rau

Daily Treatment, Giving Thanks Edition
November 25, 2009

Readers may have noticed that the "Daily Treatment" isn't really daily. Instead, it's daily when I have time to write it, which isn't as often as I would like. And that's unfortunate. It means I don't get to chance to highlight many worthy articles--or, more important, to thank, implicitly, the writers and thinkers whose work influences me.

Daily Treatment, Full of Irony and Contradiction
October 19, 2009

The Congressional Budget Office tells us what legislation will cost, but can't always answer that question accurately. Lori Montgomery explains. Some legislators representing rural states are very keen to keep down the cost of health care reform, except when it means paying their home-state hospitals less. Eric Pianin and Mary Agnes Carey have the story. Matthew Holt: AHIP needs a public option. Jordan Rau: AHIP needs truth serum. Olympia Snowe tells Ezra Klein she still hopes to strengthen the bill she supported in the Senate Finance Committee.

California Redux?
October 01, 2009

When California's effort at health reform fell apart two years ago, Jordan Rau saw it first-hand, as a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Now Rau is in Washington, following the reform debate for Kaiser Health News. And the plot line is starting to seem awfully familiar: In 2007, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed covering the state’s 6.5 million uninsured residents through a plan similar to the one Massachusetts had deployed the previous year.