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40 Largest U.S. Cities Get a Health Rating

“Healthy city living is about more than eliminating food deserts and boosting access to healthcare. It also means the ability to safely ride your bike down the street, breathe clean air and not have to choose between paying the rent or buying dinner. A two-year analysis from Maryland-based de Beaumont Foundation’s CityHealth project sized up the 40 largest U.S. cities by all of these factors and more, and found that more than half aren’t taking the necessary steps to improve the health and well-being of their residents. The study looked at how cities fare across nine policies that help residents live healthier lives, and awarded them bronze, silver or gold medals — or no medal at all — in each of the nine categories, and then gave them a final medal based on those results.

The nine policies assessed:

  • Paid sick days
  • Universal, high-quality pre-K
  • Affordable housing and inclusionary zoning
  • Complete streets
  • Alcohol sales zoning
  • Clean, smoke-free indoor air
  • Raising the minimum legal age for the sale of tobacco products to 21
  • Food safety and restaurant inspection ratings
  • Access to healthy food

Only five cities received an overall gold medal: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, D.C. All five of the gold medal cities have paid sick leave and Vision Zero initiatives, and New York, Boston and Chicago are also part of a network working to bring universal pre-K to more cities around the country.”

How would repealing the Affordable Care Act affect health care and jobs in your state?

Economic Policy Institute: “Across the country, 29.8 million people would lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act were repealed—more than doubling the number of people without health insurance. And 1.2 million jobs would be lost—not just in health care but across the board…” Continue Reading

Report – The invisible hazard afflicting thousands of schools

“…Nearly 8,000 U.S. public schools lie within 500 feet of highways, truck routes and other roads with significant traffic, according to a joint investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. That’s about one in every 11 public schools, serving roughly 4.4 million students and spread across every… Continue Reading

Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance

“Genome editing is a powerful new tool for making precise alterations to an organism’s genetic material. Recent scientific advances have made genome editing more efficient, precise, and flexible than ever before. These advances have spurred an explosion of interest from around the globe in the possible ways in which genome editing can improve human health.… Continue Reading

Report – A Close Look at the Decline of Homeownership

Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Liberty Street Economics – Andrew Haughwout, Richard Peach, and Joseph Tracy, February 17, 2017 “The homeownership rate—the percentage of households that own rather than rent the homes that they live in—has fallen sharply since mid-2005. In fact, in the second quarter of 2016 the homeownership rate fell to… Continue Reading

Politico posts 19-page internal GOP policy brief on Obamacare repeal and replace

Via Politico: Internal GOP Talking Points and Plans for Replacing Obamacare – Policy Brief and Resources – “Obamacare has failed. Six years after the enactment of Obamacare, here’s what we know: This law has failed the American people. Insurance markets are collapsing. Premiums and deductibles are soaring. Patients’ choices are dwindling. The law has failed… Continue Reading

Interactive: Compare Proposals to Replace the Affordable Care Act

Compare Proposals to Replace The Affordable Care Act – President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have committed to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How do their replacement proposals compare to the ACA? How do they compare to each other? –  Plans available for comparison: The Affordable Care Act, 2010 (PDF) Rep. Tom… Continue Reading

The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

World Economic Forum: “Should your driverless car value your life over a pedestrian’s? Should your Fitbit activity be used against you in a court case? Should we allow drones to become the new paparazzi? Can one patent a human gene? Scientists are already struggling with such dilemmas. As we enter the new machine age, we… Continue Reading

2016 Motor Vehicle Deaths Estimated to be Highest in Nine Years

National Safety Council: “For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary data from the National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. That marks a 6% increase over 2015 and a 14% increase over 2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation in 53 years. ​… Continue Reading

Murray, Cantwell Seek Answers After Resource Website for Federal Law Protecting Students with Disabilities is Taken Down

“Washington state Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell today called on new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to provide an immediate and detailed explanation for why the resource website for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has disappeared. “The Department’s failure to keep this critical resource operational makes it harder for parents, educators, and… Continue Reading

Food Safety: A National Strategy Is Needed to Address Fragmentation in Federal Oversight

Food Safety: A National Strategy Is Needed to Address Fragmentation in Federal Oversight, GAO-17-74: Published: Jan 13, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2017: “Although the U.S. food supply is generally considered safe, foodborne illness remains a costly, common public health problem. The safety and quality of the food supply is governed by a system administered… Continue Reading

Advocacy groups challenge Trump regulatory rollback order

Follow up to previous posting – Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs – via the National Resources Defense Council – “The order goes beyond the president’s authority under the Constitution, rewriting laws by personal fiat rather than through a constitutional process. It would require federal agencies to violate both their legal obligations to… Continue Reading