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Clearly, I’m not the only one who thinks that the most obvious solution for health care reform is for the House to pass the Senate bill: The New York Times just published an editorial arguing the same point: The most promising path forward would be for House Democrats to pass the Senate bill as is…

It’s been a rocky ride this year, getting heath care bills passed in the House and the Senate. It’s been just over a month since the Senate passed its bill in a dramatic Christmas Eve vote (and much longer since the House passed its version), but the fate of health care reform still appears as…

Yesterday, the influential AMA (American Medical Association) announced that it would cease its opposition to the concept of medical marijuana and instead advocate for a change in federal classification of the drug. From the LA Times: The American Medical Assn. on Tuesday urged the federal government to reconsider its classification of marijuana as a dangerous…

I recently had the pleasure of writing an op-ed piece about health care reform for my hometown newspaper, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and it ran in the paper today. You can check it out online here. I grew up reading the Star-Telegram, so this was an exciting opportunity. My article discusses the need for robust…

A Tale of Two Health Care Systems

Mike Dunford tells a compelling story today at The Questionable Authority: Yesterday, I took the kids to the doctor for their school physicals. I wouldn’t normally subject you to an account of the day-to-day minutia of my personal life, but given the current debate about how we should handle health care in the United States,…

Yesterday, the Institute of Medicine released a report entitled “Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice“. As far as I can tell, the full report is only available for a fairly substantial charge, but these are some of the main recommendations summed up in the report’s press release: All academic medical centers, journals,…

Further to the points I wrote about in my previous post on the CIA torture memos, Mike Dunford of The Questionable Authority has previously raised another important issue: the complicity of medical professionals in CIA torture: Reading these memos, it’s very clear that there are quite a few CIA employees who are allegedly medical professionals.…

As mentioned here previously, the stimulus package passed in February includes funds to encourage evidence-based medicine. Some uninformed critics will claim that this is some big government conspiracy to exert socialized control over private medicine. But, truly, encouraging a firmer empirical basis in all aspects of medicine–through more studies, government guidelines, and just improved common…

You see, this is why you want to fill your administration with smart, qualified, thoughtful, and innovative people–especially in the sciences. From The Times A major investment in fighting tropical infections and chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes in poor countries would transform international perceptions of the US, according to Harold Varmus, who co-chairs…

What can I even say about this? From the Austin American-Statesman: At a hearing Thursday of the House Committee on Human Services, [Texas State Representative Gary] Elkins and other members of the panel considered more than two dozen bills related to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Three hours into the hearing, Elkins asked:…