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Vann R. Newkirk II

Vann R. Newkirk II is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers politics and policy.
Health & Human Services

What Virginia's Vote Means for the Future of Medicaid Expansion

With state legislators deciding this week to extend the program to 400,000 citizens, the drawn-out battle over Obamacare’s signature provision draws nearer to an end.

Health & Human Services

The Troubled Future for State Medicaid Expansion

The Affordable Care Act’s extension of public insurance to poor adults might finally make its way into every state. But those inroads could come with a cost.

Health & Human Services

Trump's EPA Concludes Environmental Racism Is Real

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency finds that people of color are much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air—even as the agency seeks to roll back regulations on pollution.

Management

An End to Gerrymandering in Ohio?

A bipartisan compromise that just passed the state Senate would require minority-party support for political maps, and would limit the number of communities that could be splintered.

Infrastructure

The Peril of Privatizing Puerto Rico's Power Company

Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced a plan Monday to sell off Prepa, a move he hopes will ease the island’s energy and debt crises. But some groups on the island oppose the measure fiercely.

Management

Virginia Is for Second Chances

Under Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia embarked on a campaign to grant clemency more often, and to restore the civil rights of convicted felons.

Health & Human Services

Wisconsin's Welfare Overhaul Is Almost Complete

The Trump administration could soon approve a proposal from Governor Scott Walker to drug test food-stamp recipients.

Management

How Alabama's Election Laws Keep Moore on the Ballot

After multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment of minors against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, a complicated set of elections laws and rules is being used to keep his hat in the ring.

Health & Human Services

Puerto Rico's Dire Health-Care Crisis

Over a month after Hurricane Maria, citizens are still facing limited access to medical help and the increasing threat of illness.

Management

The Trump Voter-Fraud Commission's Data Problem

During its second meeting on Tuesday, the Kris Kobach-led group heard presentations that sometimes followed a circular logic.

Infrastructure

How to Build Hurricane-Proof Cities

In the age of climate change, the only way to protect the American coastal metropolis is to rethink it entirely.

Management

What's the Real Goal of Trump's Voter-Fraud Commission?

A conversation with Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of three Democrats advising the president on “election integrity.”

Health & Human Services

The Senate's Health Bill Is Still Unaffordable for Poor People

The Congressional Budget Office finds that while the upper chamber’s plan is more generous and stable than the AHCA, it leaves about as many low-income people without coverage.

Health & Human Services

The New AHCA Cuts Medicaid Funding More Deeply

A draft version of the Senate bill released Thursday shows even deeper cuts to the program than the House version.

Health & Human Services

Five Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in the Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Health Director Nick Lyon and four other officials are accused of failing to act on a Legionnaires' disease outbreak associated with the city’s lead-poisoning problems.

Management

North Carolina's Voter ID Law Is Defeated, For Now

The Supreme Court declined to review the law that lower courts found to be discriminatory, but made no judgment on the merits of the policy.

Health & Human Services

How to Stop Medicaid Expansion

The Trump administration is leveraging a new tool to try to keep states from embracing Obamacare.

Health & Human Services

The Historical Exclusion Behind the Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Crisis

Congress could help the territory by simply funding its Medicaid system the way they fund the states.

Health & Human Services

The Trouble With Medicaid Work Requirements

The new Republican provision to allow states to deny health assistance for lacking employment will only make the program worse.

Management

How Voter ID Laws Discriminate

A new comprehensive study finds evidence that strict voting laws do suppress the ballot along racial lines.