Bill Raden: The bill, which was passed by the Senate three weeks ago, comes in the midst of a growing public furor over the pricing of pharmaceuticals that has seen retail prices on many lifesaving specialty drug regimens equivalent to that of a new Porsche Panamera.
Dan Farber: The idea that there are some problems that are shared by everyone, and some risks that have to be dealt with collectively, sits poorly with the Ayn Randian individualism so popular on the Right. Protecting Public Health
Roxana Tynan and Ron Herrera: Once a worker is stuck by a used syringe, they must undergo immediate medical testing, loss of work, and medical follow-up, sometimes lasting 6 months.
Bill Meyer: The prime mover of the vaccine/autism debate and director of this new film that raises the possible connection, is Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist who has been vilified in the media and now considered to be one of the most despised doctors in the world.
Mike Males: There is virtually no systematic research showing that increasing the smoking age prevents a teen from picking up the habit. Teenage Smoking
Michael Hertz: The drug industry and the insurance industry must think that we’re complete idiots. They want us to think that drug insurance creates savings in the price of drugs, even though the saving is due to buying generic rather than brand names.
Malcolm Potts: So far chronic traumatic encephalopathy has been found in 90 out of the 94 NFL players whose brains have been examined. They have ranged in age from Tyler Stash, who died aged 27 to Earl Morrall who lived to be 79.
Robert Reich: Tthe Washington Post charged that Bernie Sanders’s health-care plan rests on “unbelievable assumptions” about how much it would slash health-care costs without affecting the care ordinary Americans receive.
Victoria DeFranceso Soto: Latinos have seen the biggest gains in coverage following the Affordable Care Act, but they remain the racial and ethnic group with the highest rate of uninsured.
Ernest A. Canning: We really shouldn’t have to “debate” the need to replace ObamaCare with a single-payer system that treats healthcare as a basic human right. What passes for a healthcare system in these United States is so corrupt, dysfunctional and deadly that it amounts to an obscenity.
Lawrence Wittner: Workers in nuclear weapons program plants constitute only a fraction of Americans whose lives have been ravaged by preparations for nuclear war.
Rosemary Jenkins: What is beautiful and amazing about this drug is that, in a recent clinical study, 100% of participants in the at-risk group have remained free of infection.
Janet Phelan: Americans are being drugged silly. Per capita, the US population consumes an astounding number of psychiatric medications: one in five Americans takes at least one psychiatric drug.