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Report – The Cost of Full Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, January 4, 2017 – “The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” includes a number of provisions to expand health care coverage, as well as several offsets that raise taxes and slow the growth of Medicare spending. According to our latest estimates, repealing the ACA in its entirety… Continue Reading

Commentary – How Social Isolation Is Killing Us

Dhruv Khullar, New York Times 12-22-16 – “Social isolation is a growing epidemic — one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional consequences. Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent. About one-third of Americans older than 65 now live… Continue Reading

Legislative History of “Repeal and Replacement” of the Obamacare: Overview

This guide as created and is maintained by experts at the The Legal Research Center, Drexel School of Law. “The election of 2016 saw the GOP obtain control of the presidency and retain control of both chambers of Congress.  This created an opportunity for Republicans to “repeal and replace” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Prison Affected People: Punished to the Margins of Life

Via LLRX.com – Prison Affected People: Punished to the Margins of Life “Ken Strutin’s expansive scholarship, acumen, commitment to and comprehensive knowledge of criminal law and justice is fully articulated and shared in his new guide. He robustly argues and supports his reasoning that retribution is at odds with medical reality for conviction alone and… Continue Reading

Study – regularly walking around and away from desk at work is good

Effect of frequent interruptions of prolonged sitting on self-perceived levels of energy, mood, food cravings and cognitive function. Audrey Bergouignan, Kristina T. Legget, Nathan De Jong, Elizabeth Kealey, Janet Nikolovski, Jack L. Groppel, Chris Jordan, Raphaela O’Day, James O. Hill and Daniel H. Bessesen. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity201613:113. DOI: 10.1186/s12966-016-0437-z. Published… Continue Reading

Over 1,000 American communities have four times the lead poisoning that Flint does

Sarah Lazare – Salon.com. December 30, 2016:  “Flint’s lead-poisoned water crisis, which erupted in 2014, shined a global spotlight on the dangerous confluence of austerity, poverty and environmental racism. A new in-depth investigation by Reuters finds that Flint is far from alone, with nearly 3,000 areas nationwide facing lead poisoning rates “at least double those… Continue Reading

Pew – Health issues topped the list of scientific studies reaching wide audiences in 2016

Pew Research Center: “About 2.5 million scientific journal articles are published annually, and the growth of social media and online news outlets have given scientists powerful ways to share their findings – so much so that new measures are being developed to help capture the impact these outlets have on scientific work. A Pew Research… Continue Reading

Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation

In Brief – Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation, Linda J. Blumberg, Matthew Buettgens, John Holahan. Urban Institute, December 6, 2016. “Congress is now considering partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process. Since only components of the law with federal budget implications can be changed through… Continue Reading

Social Security Bulletin Archives

The Social Security Bulletin (ISSN 1937-4666) is published quarterly by the Social Security Administration, Washington, DC. The Bulletin is prepared in the Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics, and digital copies are available from 1938 to present. Older issues are in PDF and more recent issues are in HTML.… Continue Reading

Comparison of Hospital Mortality and Readmission Rates for Medicare Patients Treated by Male vs Female Physicians

Original Investigation, December 19, 2016 – Comparison of Hospital Mortality and Readmission Rates for Medicare Patients Treated by Male vs Female Physicians. Full text PDF available free] Yusuke Tsugawa, MD, MPH, PhD; Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD; Jose F. Figueroa, MD, MPH; et al E. John Orav, PhD; Daniel M. Blumenthal, MD, MBA7; Ashish K.… Continue Reading

CRS – The Federal Food Safety System: A Primer

Via FAS – The Federal Food Safety System: A Primer. Renée Johnson, Specialist in Agricultural Policy, December 16, 2016. “Numerous federal, state, and local agencies share responsibilities for regulating the safety of the U.S. food supply. Federal responsibility for food safety rests primarily with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading

A history of global living conditions in 5 charts

“A recent survey asked “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”. In Sweden 10% thought things are getting better, in the US they were only 6%, and in Germany only 4%. Very few people think that the world is getting better. What is… Continue Reading