Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

MAKING THE LAW WORK BEYOND MEDICAID EXPANSION MARK TRAHANT The Supreme Court once again affirmed the legality of the Affordable Care Act. This time the court’s answer is unambiguous.  As Chief Justice John Roberts wrote: “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.” The 6-3 ruling means that people …

Continue reading

MARK TRAHANT WHITEHORSE, YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA — Dozens of people, tribal leaders, public officials (including Yukon’s premier and the area’s Member of Parliament) gathered around a fire in a prayer circle. It’s the solstice, the longest day of the year, and National Aboriginal Day. For nearly two decades, Canadians have celebrated June 21 as a …

Continue reading

MARK TRAHANT A new White House report details the economic impact of Medicaid expansion and is sharply critical of the 22 states that have not done so. The report is titled, “Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid.” I like that: Missed opportunities. Why? Because this Council of Economic Advisers’ 44-page …

Continue reading

Nevada will be the first state where Native voters weigh in MARK TRAHANT The first ballots for the 2016 presidential election will be cast in a little more than seven months. That means between now and January there will be a rush of candidates, a winnowing of those who fail to raise money or attention, …

Continue reading

   Do you sleep with your phones? Check during the night? Peek first thing in the morning? A look at Internet trends and opportunities for Indian Country. Indian Country’s future will be shaped by how we use technology MARK TRAHANT Do you sleep with your smart phone? Or first thing the next morning, even during …

Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: