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The challenge for policymakers in Nebraska and elsewhere is to craft reforms in Medicaid and other health and human service programs that open up new possibilities and opportunities for those participating in the programs rather than just giving them less support.

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Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker waves as he leaves the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. Reuters

The latest example of a well-conceived health care reform plan is proposed by Wisconsin governor and GOP candidate for president Scott Walker.

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Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, professor of Health Care Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, speaks at the Reuters Health Summit 2014 in Washington April 1, 2014. Reuters

Emanuel would like Americans to dismiss the Walker and Rubio health plans as too onerous for families because they would lose the value of employer-paid premiums. He is dead wrong about that.

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A patient must be able to trust that his physician is focused exclusively on discerning and delivering the best care for the individual patient before her.

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The Planned Parenthood logo is pictured outside a clinic in Boston,  June 27, 2014. Reuters

Whatever your stance on abortion, it’s clear the laws governing fetal tissue don’t work and should be fixed.

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Scott Walker greets supporters at a rally for Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 24, 2015. Reuters

Republicans can and should promise to protect people with pre-existing conditions

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Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio speaks at a campaign stop in Cleveland, Ohio August 5, 2015.   REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

Marco Rubio has composed the opening theme music of health policy reform for Republican presidential primary voters. Scott Walker adds more of the lyrics of programmatic change.

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The Canadian drugmaker Valeant is acquiring privately held Sprout pharmaceuticals after Sprout became the first company to win approval for a female libido pill. Now questions abound about how Addyi will be marketed.

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Republican presidential candidate and Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker talks with a woman at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa August 17, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Although we know where Walker wants to start, it’s far less certain where he, or any other Republican candidate’s plan, might finish once in office.

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Two of the leading GOP candidates — Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and Florida senator Marco Rubio — have offered serious plans for replacing Obamacare in its entirety.

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