The DC Daily – February 8, 2017

In Today’s Issue: 

  • DeVos to the Races
  • Republicans Reconcile
  • The Socioeconomics of Science
  • The ACA: Past and Future


With the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education, many questions remain as to what her tenure will mean for higher education specifically.  Here are some possibilities:

DeVos to the Races


Republican reconciliation plans are headed for hearings as early as next week. The hearings, while not likely to lead to actual legislation soon, will open the debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act at a time when Republicans are divided how to move forward.

Republicans need to finish the fiscal 2017 reconciliation bill before they can bring spending bills to the floor for fiscal 2018. In the House, neither of the two committees — Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce — tasked with writing the reconciliation instructions would confirm a time frame for the upcoming hearings.


Recent research shows that support for and trust in the scientific community closely tracks socioeconomic status. With the politicization of formerly bipartisan arenas, the path forward is not as clear-cut as one might think.

The War on Science?


The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy officially launches tomorrow afternoon at the Newseum featuring conversations with Robert J. Margolis, founder of the center; Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina; and Duke University Provost Sally Kornbluth, PhD. 

Through a generous gift from the Margolis family, this new center brings together capabilities to generate and analyze evidence across the policy and practice spectrums — thus supporting the triad of health care: improving the care experience and the health of populaitons while reducing the cost per capita.  This requires broad multidisciplinary capabilities that few institutions other than Duke with its entrepreneurial culture can bring together.  


As Congress debates the future of the Affordable Care Act, local think tanks discuss its past.  The Brookings Institution will host an event with live webcast tomorrow, February 9, from 9am to 12pm.  

What Worked?