Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Viewpoints: Can Congress Make A Deal, Prop Up Obamacare?; Trump’s Speech On Opioid Plans Hit New Lows

Editorial pages spotlight these well being subjects and others.

The Washington Post:
Obamacare’s Fate Hinges On A Bipartisan Vote That May Never Come

Congress mus vote by the top of the week to fund the federal government, passing an enormous “omnibus” spending invoice which will (consider it or not) symbolize the final time this yr lawmakers make vital coverage modifications. In different phrases, as soon as the omnibus invoice clears Congress, there’s little probability lawmakers will approve fixes to Obamacare earlier than the 2019 enrollment season begins. (three/20)

Trump Talks Tough On Opioids

On the subject of the opioid disaster, President Donald Trump likes to sound robust, together with a number of makes use of of the phrase itself. “If we do not get robust on the drug sellers, we’re losing our time,” he stated Monday. “And that toughness consists of the demise penalty. “Trump’s speech in New Hampshire, a part of the administration’s rollout of its technique for preventing the disaster, elevated speak over motion. By emphasizing capital punishment, Trump has squandered one other alternative to steer a concerted, efficient battle towards opioid habit and overdose. (three/20)

The Wall Street Journal:
Abortion Over ObamaCare

One actuality of 2018 is that each events are in a contest for who can isolate extra voters with radical positions that don’t characterize most People. The Democrats could also be profitable this one. Congress this week is debating a deal that might prop up ObamaCare for 3 years with tens of billions of dollars. But Democrats have revolted as a result of the deal consists of the Nineteen Seventies Hyde Modification, which bans federal funds from subsidizing abortion. (three/20)

The New York Times:
Trump’s Bluster On The Opioid Epidemic

President Trump has declared that his administration is getting critical concerning the opioid epidemic a number of occasions since taking workplace. However he has repeatedly failed to supply a substantive plan — and he has floated a minimum of a number of really absurd concepts. He did it once more this week. Mr. Trump gave a rambling speech on opioids on Monday through which he provided few particulars about how he would improve entry to substance abuse remedy and prevention to assist the tens of millions of People affected by this illness. Some sixty four,000 individuals in the USA died of drug overdoses in 2016, together with 481 in New Hampshire, one of many hardest hit states within the nation, the place Mr. Trump gave his speech. (three/20)

The Washington Post:
Killing Drug Dealers Won’t Stop The Opioid Epidemic

Every time some crime turns into outstanding within the public eye, some politician inevitably guarantees to repair it by getting actually robust on criminals. No extra of this namby-pamby mollycoddling! This time, we’re going to make it so depressing to be a felony that nobody will dare. (Megan McArdle, three/20)

Los Angeles Times:
Trump Wants A New War On Drugs

President Trump’s opioid response plan may need a number of prongs, however when he unveiled it Monday, he clearly was most within the prong that will get “very robust” on drug sellers. We all know this as a result of he stated so roughly 5,000 occasions throughout a speech saying the brand new plan in New Hampshire, a state chosen because the backdrop as a result of it’s a type of hardest hit by opioid habit and overdose deaths. (three/20)

Why Health Care Probably Didn’t Decide The Pennsylvania Election

The excitement is that well being care performed a number one position in Conor Lamb’s upset win in final week’s particular Home election in Pennsylvania. However in actuality, we will’t say that well being care was a decisive think about Lamb’s win, no less than not based mostly on the one ballot that’s getting used as a foundation for that declare. (Drew Altman, three/21)

Gun Confiscation: NRA Feels It Must Voice Support For ‘Red Flag’ Laws

College students and activists are getting ready what is going to virtually definitely be the nation’s largest mass demonstration towards gun violence — and the shoddy legal guidelines that gasoline it — on March 24. The March for Our Lives is the bitter fruit of 1 faculty bloodbath too many, the Feb. 14 mass capturing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty in Parkland, Florida. Waves of shock comply with each gun bloodbath. However this wave has been successfully channeled, with teen survivors proving canny leaders in shaping what might develop into a generational trigger.The NRA is conscious about the precariousness of the second. (Francis Wilkinson, three/20)

The New York Times:
Fighting Death By Gunshot

Kenji Inaba is a trauma surgeon at Los Angeles County Basic Hospital and director of the surgical intensive care unit. He’s additionally a sworn reserve police officer, a part of a two-man patrol within the Rampart Division of the Los Angeles Police Division. Between policing and doing emergency surgical procedure, he will get lots of publicity to gunshot wounds, each entry and exit — how individuals get shot, and the way they get higher. (Tina Rosenberg, three/20)

Charlotte Observer:
Adults Trying To Ignore Students’ Message After School Shootings

Boomers knock the youngsters to cowl for themselves as a result of the youngsters, of their name for motion and the eye it’s getting, are knocking them. It’s Child Boomers and different like-sounding adults, sometimes of a specific political persuasion, who can vote, can select faculty officers, and may change legal guidelines — however have failed miserably on the varsity shootings entrance. They knock not merely the factors the scholars are making however the youngsters themselves, in sweeping, demeaning methods. If they will invalidate the scholars, the adults don’t even have to think about what the youngsters are saying. (Keith Larson, three/20)

St. Louis Post Dispatch:
Grown-Ups Have Failed Our Kids On Gun Legislation

How did my legislative colleagues react to the varsity capturing? Rep. Chuck Basye, Second Modification Preservation Committee chair, invited the Missouri Home on a tour subsequent week of CMMG Inc., a number one producer of AR-15 rifles, conversion kits and equipment, in Boonville, Mo. The gun of selection in mass shootings? An AR-15. As Emma Gonzalez, a Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty senior and survivor, stated in her nationwide rally speech that went viral, I say BS. (Stacey Newman, three/20)

The Wall Street Journal:
Stephen Hawking Is Dead, Not ‘Free’

Does my wheelchair really feel like a jail? Do I ever want I weren’t disabled? Would I select to turn into in a position-bodied if I might? These are a number of of the issues individuals have requested upon assembly me. My reply is all the time the identical: a robust and unequivocal “no.” I’ve by no means absolutely understood the mentality behind the questions, a lot much less the shocked reactions to my replies. After which I noticed the response to Stephen Hawking’s demise final week, when individuals sighed with aid that one of the sensible minds of our era was lastly “freed from any bodily constraints,” because the actress Gal Gadot tweeted. One meme depicted an empty wheelchair within the foreground, with a silhouette of Hawking standing amid the celebs. (Melissa Blake, three/20)

The Wall Street Journal:
Why Your Doctor’s Computer Is So Clunky

The Trump administration this month introduced its personal effort to replace the Digital Well being Report techniques, which disrupt the physician-affected person relationship. The federal government might do much more good by deregulating EHRs, establishing a free marketplace for consumer-pleasant merchandise. Maybe Amazon, via its partnership with JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway , might ultimately do for drugs what it’s accomplished for retail. (Marion Mass and Kenneth A. Fisher, three/20)

Stanford Diet Study Casts Doubt On Calorie Counting

The issue is that we’re not in control of operating our our bodies. Even with trendy meals labeling and calorie-counting apps, forces past our acutely aware management maintain twiddling with what number of energy we burn every day, and the way hungry we really feel. The longstanding phantasm of management has implications for America’s well being care coverage, since weight problems is tied to the main killers — coronary heart illness; diabetes; and, to a lesser extent, most cancers and Alzheimer’s illness. Many People wrongly assume that the 2-thirds of their fellow residents who’re obese or overweight are in charge for consuming too many energy. (Faye Flam, three/20)

Des Moines Register:
Iowa Child Death Another Reminder Of Need For Medical Error Reporting

On a summer time morning in 2016, Scott and Sandy Van Veldhuizen of Oskaloosa awoke early to drive their son Reuben to West Lakes Surgical procedure Middle in Clive. The 12-yr-previous was to bear a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, comparatively routine procedures carried out on hundreds of youngsters annually. “Go get ‘em, bud,” have been the final phrases Scott stated to his son earlier than he was wheeled away. (three/20)

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