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01/29/15Jeb 'Put Me Through Hell’politico.comHealth & Welfare, Michael Kruse & Jeb Bush
Sitting recently on his brick back patio here, Michael Schiavo called Jeb Bush a vindictive, untrustworthy coward. For years, the self-described “average Joe” felt harassed, targeted and tormented by the most important person in the state. “It was a living hell,” he said, “and I blame him.” Michael Schiavo was the husband of Terri Schiavo, the brain-dead woman from the Tampa Bay area who ended up at the center of one of the most contentious, drawn-out conflicts in the history of America’s culture wars. The fight ov...
01/22/15The World in 2030 - Susan B. Glasserpolitico.comHealth & Welfare & International Relations
You don’t generally think of Bill and Melinda Gates as pundits. But with their foundation pouring billions of dollars into global development, in effect the two are in the (highly data-driven) prediction business: placing bets on which investments will change the world the most. In their annual letter, released today, the two hazard some fairly specific guesses about the biggest changes in the world over the next 15 years, from cutting the number of childhood deaths in half and reducing deaths in childbirth by two-thirds to...
01/15/15This is what happens when you lock children in solitary confinementmotherjones.comPrisons, Health & Welfare & Dana Liebelson
ONE NIGHT IN MARCH 2013, a 17-year-old named Kenny was walking with a friend through farm country in Reilly Township, Ohio. The boys had been drinking and were checking car doors in the hope of finding a little money when they came across a pickup with keys in the ignition. They decided to take it for a spin. If you hadn't guessed by now, Kenny wasn't exactly thinking straight. He was just three weeks out of court-ordered rehab for marijuana possession and public intoxication, and his dad had just caught him stealing his...
01/15/15Obamacare Has Reversed A Negative Trend. Researchers Call It 'Remarkable.'thinkprogress.orgHealth & Welfare & Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)
For the first time in a decade, the number of people struggling to pay their medical bills has started to decline, according to a new survey released on Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund. The researchers attributed the historic drop to the number of people gaining insurance under the health care reform law. Between 2012 and 2014 — as Obamacare’s main coverage expansion took effect — the Commonwealth researchers found that the number of people who had issues paying for health treatment dropped from 41 percent to 35 percen...
12/30/14With 15 Children Dead, CDC Declares Flu Epidemicabcnews.go.comHealth & Welfare & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Fifteen children have died from complications of the flu so far this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted, as it officially declared the illness an epidemic. The number of states reporting a high amount of “influenza-like” illness activity has increased from 13 to 22 since last week’s report from the agency, with outbreaks in every region of the country.
12/23/14Judge Takes Away Minimum Wage Protections From Home Care Workersthinkprogress.orgMinimum Wage, Health & Welfare & District Co...
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon struck down a rule change issued by the Department of Labor that would have extended minimum wage and overtime pay protections to home care workers come January. In 1974, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) — the law requires American employers to pay their workers at least the minimum wage and extra pay for overtime hours — was expanded to cover domestic workers. Yet a carve-out was included for those who provide “care and fellowship” to the elderly and disabled in their homes...
12/16/14The Obamacare paradox: the law looks terrible but is doing greatvox.comHealth & Welfare & Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)
Politically, Obamacare has had a terrible past few weeks. First there was inaccurate enrollment data (the administration wrongly included dental plans). Then there were Jon Gruber's comments on "the stupidity of American voters." And it was capped off with Sen. Chuck Schumer saying that passing the law was a mistake. That led to headlines like: "Dark days ahead for Obamacare," "The Obamacare controversy grows" and my own "Obamacare's terrible, horrible, no good very bad month."
12/16/14The 8 most bogus health claims of 2014vox.comHealth & Welfare & Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)
Every day seems to turn up opportunities to abuse science in new and perverse ways, especially when it comes to health. You open a newspaper or news site, and you read about a health claim making the rounds: a diet that will give you the energy of a teenager, an exercise routine that will elongate your legs, a policy that will protect Americans from scary viruses. Many of these claims — even the ones that come from the lips of the most esteemed doctors and public officials — aren't backed by any good evidence. Some even...
12/15/14Vivek Murthy is the new surgeon general. Who is he, and what the heck is his job?vox.comHealth & Welfare, Vivek Murthy & Executive B...
The Senate has confirmed Vivek Murthy as United States Surgeon General, overcoming fierce opposition from the National Rifle Association that has blocked the doctor's nomination since February. Obama nominated Murthy, co-founder of the pro-Obamacare group Doctors for America, in November 2013. At 37, he will be the country's youngest surgeon general, and the first of Indian-American descent. The NRA, however, has long opposed Murthy's nomination.
12/08/14Social Security Q&A: If I Continue Working Past 66, Will My Benefits Be Recalculated?forbes.comSocial Security
Today’s question asks if the Average Indexed Monthly Earnings (AIME) is recomputed for people who continue working past full retirement age. The answer explains how Social Security calculates your benefit and how frequently it does so, and reviews the benefits that you can potentially increase by continuing to work.
12/01/14Social Security Benefits to Rise 1.7% in 2015thinkadvisor.comSocial Security
In 2015 Social Security benefits will rise by 1.7 percent per the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA), affecting more than 58 million beneficiaries.
11/19/14Is There A Link Between Mental Health and Gun Violence?newyorker.comMass Shootings, Health & Welfare & Maria Kon...
On Friday, October 24th, during the busy lunch hour in the school cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, in Marysville, Washington, Jaylen Fryberg opened fire on his classmates, killing one student and wounding four others, three of whom later died from their injuries. Then he killed himself. Just a week earlier, Fryberg had been crowned prince of the school’s homecoming court—he was a community volunteer, student athlete, and all-around “good kid.” But within hours of the shooting, that picture had changed. Quick...
11/17/14When Social Security will let you take only one benefit at a timepbs.orgSocial Security
Boston University economist Larry Kotlikoff has spent every week, for over two years, answering questions about what is likely your largest financial asset — your Social Security benefits. His Social Security original 34 “secrets”, his additional secrets, his Social Security “mistakes” and his Social Security gotchas have prompted so many of you to write in that we feature “Ask Larry” every Monday. Find a complete list of his columns here. And keep sending us your Social Security questions. Kotlikoff’s state-of-the-art r...
11/17/14Poll: Americans Think Ebola Is a Bigger Health Problem Than Cancer and Obesitynewrepublic.comHealth & Welfare, Ebola & Cancer
Surgeon Martin Salia, who had contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, died Monday in a Nebraska hospital, becoming the second person to die of the virus in the U.S. Meanwhile, an estimated 540,000 people have died of cancer so far this year, and another 100,000 from conditions related to obesity. But a Gallup poll released Monday found that Americans consider Ebola a more urgent health problem than either cancer or obesity. Respondents ranked only healthcare costs and healthcare access higher than Ebola.
10/21/14Scientists Just Discovered How To Determine If Water Contamination Comes From Frackingthinkprogress.orgFracking, Health & Welfare & Oil & Gas Indus...
A team of U.S. and French scientists say they have developed a new tool that can specifically tell when environmental contamination comes from waste produced by hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. In peer-reviewed research published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology on Monday, the researchers say their new forensic tool can distinguish fracking wastewater pollution from other contamination that results from other industrial processes — such as conventional oil and gas drilling. Fracking is a c...
10/17/14Joni Ernst: Poor People Aren't Entitled to Food, Clothing, or Health Carenewrepublic.comWelfare Program & Joni Ernst
The unearthed recording of Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst decrying the fact that Americans are insufficiently “self-sufficient” has invited comparisons to the hidden camera footage of Mitt Romney writing off 47 percent of the electorate, and commentary on the candor with which she lumps government health insurance subsidies (which she, too, enjoys as a state employee) together with welfare spending. But the most revealing thing about the comments is how breezily she renders contradictory judgments about the concept of...
10/16/14Fascinating new study shows that helping poor people vote improves public healthvox.comHealth & Welfare, Right to Vote & Poor
Democracy isn't just good for political rights — it's good for public health. A recent paper, written by Princeton economist Thomas Fujiwara, found that, when Brazil made it easier for poor people to vote, the percentage of Brazilian babies born at low birth weight (a strong predictor of infant mortality) declined. In other words, expanding voting rights made babies healthier.
10/16/14Battling Ebola Without a Surgeon Generaltheatlantic.comHealth & Welfare & Ebola
Writing for The Atlantic in 2011, CDC director Thomas Frieden weighed in on the release of Contagion, the modestly successful Matt Damon flick about the outbreak of a deadly and mysterious virus. After clarifying that the movie is not a documentary, Frieden comments: Contagion shows that fear is also contagious. To address concerns, it's crucial that government promptly communicates what we know, what we don't know, and what we're doing to find out.
10/14/14How the ‘War on Women’ Is Deepening Racial Inequalitythenation.comHealth & Welfare, Racial Politics & Women's...
In 1983, when the Department of Health and Human Services assembled the first task force to examine women’s health issues, the appointed experts made it clear that the defining challenges weren’t only related to differences between men and women but also to inequality between some women and others. One fact the panel noted in its final report was that Hispanic women died in childbirth three times as often as white women; black women died four times more frequently. “If a woman is a member of an ethnic or a cultural minority...
10/13/14Ebola’s Fear Factornewyorker.comHealth & Welfare & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
In early March of 2003, when SARS swept into Hong Kong from Southern China, the streets of one of the world’s most densely populated areas were practically deserted. Venders in kiosks sold face masks and hand sanitizer to anyone brave, or foolish, enough to leave home. The fear of a new highly contagious disease is understandable, and, with no effective treatment or vaccine for SARS, it was difficult to know what to do. The World Health Organization recommended that officials in the countries most affected warn people with...

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