Lessons from an Epidemic

Ebola Epidemic Hits America

-+*Dan Farber: It’s time to take a hard look at the adequacy of the entire public health system and its ability to respond to global health emergencies.

Does Homeland Glorify the CIA?

Homeland Glorifies CIA

-+*Randy Shaw: In its essence, Homeland is reclaiming and reviving the same dangerous myth of the “CIA knows best” that has caused misery to millions across the globe.

Why Do We Allow Big Pharma to Rip Us Off?

Big Phara Ripoffs

-+*Robert Reich: While other nations set wholesale drug prices, the law prohibits the U.S. government from using its considerable bargaining power under Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices.

Checking Out Ebola at the Library

Dallas Ebola Outbreak

-+*Kathleen Wallace: Here’s to hoping that the next person who shows up saying they are from Liberia or any other nation suffering greatly will get the attention from the start that is so merited because what may be brewing certainly has the potential to make all of our little daily concerns seem truly paltry.

Cutting Teen Pregnancy and Abortion Rates

Cutting Teen Pregnancy

-+*Tara Culp-Ressler: “We are still in a country where it just makes us skeevy to talk about sex, especially with young folks. It’s a real bummer because we actually have a medical intervention that will work, and we just need to be better about talking about it.”

Congress Supports War

Congress Supports War

-+*Tina Dupuy: Saying they want universal coverage with mostly private insurance along with Medicare but not Obamacare is like saying they want highways maintained by a federal agency with the initials D.O.T.—but not by the Department of Transportation.

The Dumb Debate: Big vs. Small

Big Government Debate

-+*Tina Dupuy: Somehow we’ve been tricked into believing one giant entity wielding unimaginable influence is better than the other giant entity wielding unimaginable influence.

How CVS Can Really Be a Leader in Health

CVS Stops Selling Cigarettes

-+*Tina Dupuy: At most big chain drug stores you can still get your smokes rung up with your COPD inhaler. But CVS said selling tobacco conflicted with their “health care mission” so they’ve opted out of the practice.