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Category Archives: Health Care

Another week another Senate health care bill

Follow up to multiple previous postings included here – Senate version of House health care repeal and replace bill eliminates coverage for 22 million Americans – today via the Washington Post – Revised Senate health-care bill still lacks the votes to pass: “The Senate GOP’s latest attempt to rewrite the Affordable Care Act showed few signs… Continue Reading

Study – 100 fossil fuel producers responsible for 71% of global emissions

The Carbon Majors Database – CDP Carbon Majors Report 2017 – 100 fossil fuel producers and nearly 1 trillion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions “The Carbon Majors Database stores greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data on the largest company-related sources of all time. CDP’s Carbon Majors Report 2017 is the first in an ongoing series of… Continue Reading

The Atlantic examines role of CBO in healthcare debate

The Congressional War on Expertise – The Congressional Budget Office is a controversial part of the health-care debate, but that just proves its importance. “…The CBO is supposed to stay above the political fray, serving as an independent, nonpartisan source of analysis. Both teams must be able to trust the agency’s neutrality, or its work… Continue Reading

City cyclists monitored for particulate matter pollution and health impact

The New York Times: On Your Bike, Watch Out for the Air “…a five-year study…aims to find out at what point the harm done by pollution to cyclists might outweigh the health benefits accrued from the exercise…strapped-on sensors measure levels of PM 2.5, the fine particulate matter that is about one-thirtieth the diameter of a… Continue Reading

UK’s Independent Factchecking Site

“Full Fact is the UK’s independent factchecking charity. We provide free tools, information and advice so that anyone can check the claims we hear from politicians and the media…In its short history, Full Fact has significantly improved the accuracy of public debate. We publish factchecks and secure corrections, but we also champion a culture in… Continue Reading

When Women Didn’t Count The Chronic Mismeasure and Marginalization of American Women in Federal Statistics

Robert Lopresti: “Erroneous government-generated “data” is more problematic than it would appear. This book demonstrates how women’s history has consistently been hidden and distorted by 200 years of official government statistics. Much of women’s history has been hidden and filtered through unrealistic expectations and assumptions. Because U.S. government data about women’s lives and occupations has… Continue Reading

Health, United States annual report on trends in health statistics – 2016

“CDC today released Health, United States, 2016, the 40th annual report on the health of the nation from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the President and Congress. This year’s report features a Chartbook on Long-Term Trends in health and health care delivery over the past 40 years. From declines in cigarette… Continue Reading

Study maps areas of high impact due to climate change in US

Where climate change will hit the U.S. hardest – “Left unmitigated, rising temperatures from climate change will increase inequality and mortality rates in the U.S. by the end of the 21st century, a team of economists and climate scientists warn in a study published today. It’s the first to project the impacts of climate change… Continue Reading

2017 World Drug Report

“To celebrate 20 years since its inception, the World Drug Report 2017 is presented in a new five-booklet format designed to improve reader friendliness while maintaining the wealth of information contained within. Booklet 1 summarizes the content of the four subsequent substantive booklets and presents policy implications drawn from their findings. Booklet 2 deals with… Continue Reading

GOP stalls vote on repeal and replace of Obama health care act

Follow up to previous postings cited in Senate version of House health care repeal and replace bill eliminates coverage for 22 million Americans – tonight via Dan Balz, the Washington Post – ‘Repeal and replace’ was once a unifier for the GOP. Now it’s an albatross. “After seven years, Republicans’ promise to overhaul the Affordable Care… Continue Reading

Gallup – Cost of Healthcare Is Americans’ Top Financial Concern

“As the U.S. Senate begins considering legislation that could significantly change the nation’s healthcare system, the cost of healthcare leads the list of what Americans consider the most important financial problem facing their family. The 17% who name healthcare costs as their family’s most pressing financial problem is up seven percentage points since 2013 and… Continue Reading

Senate version of House health care repeal and replace bill eliminates coverage for 22 million Americans

Follow up to previous posting – Senate Republicans release draft Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, today via the CBO – “The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, a… Continue Reading