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An article in today’s New York Times profiles the trials and tribulations of young twenty-somethings who lack health insurance. For some it’s out of hubris, but for most it’s because they fall through the cracks–paid enough that they don’t qualify for public health care but still lacking the means to afford health insurance of their…

As part of the stimulus package passed by Congress last Friday (H.R. 1: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009), the US will be ramping up efforts to encourage evidence-based medicine. This is a very good thing. Specifically (from The New York Times): The $787 billion economic stimulus bill approved by Congress will, for the…

I was excited when I saw that The New England Journal of Medicine had today published summaries by Obama and McCain of their health care plans, expecting something quite detailed to appeal to a highly critical expert audience. However, their summaries were still as general and vague as ever. Regardless, these new write-ups are still…

Barack Obama: Health Care Is a Right

When I think back to the presidential debate last night, one moment stands out in my mind more than any other. And, no, it wasn’t McCain calling Obama “that one“. It was the discussion following Tom Brokaw’s question “Is health care in America a privilege, a right, or a responsibility?” Health care came up several…

Last night was a historic night, with Barack Obama finally effectively clinching the Democratic nomination by surpassing the “magic number” of required delegates. Barring any last-minute fight over delegate rules from Hillary Clinton’s campaign (something that I think is not likely to happen), Barack Obama in the Democrats’ nominee. Of course, we knew from the…

Last Thursday (April 24), the Senate unanimously passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA, H.R. 493) in a landmark vote. The goal of this bill is “to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment,” and it therefore would help fill this gaping hole that exists…

It’s difficult to find too many substantive policy differences between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (especially considering the much larger gulf that exists between them and the Republican candidates), but one area that’s brought up time and time again is health care. In light of this, it’s worth taking a look at how much the…

A few interesting items have recently come up in the news and in the scientific literature about various methods for preventing the transmission of HIV. First up is a study (1) published in PLoS Medicine this week that demonstrated the effectiveness of a combination of antiretroviral drugs in preventing viral transmission in a monkey model…

A Choice We Shouldn’t Have to Make

On Monday, Mike the Mad Biologist posted about the sheer idiocy of “choice-based health care,” which seems to be so en vogue today in the Republican party and elsewhere. He writes: One of the most ridiculous ideas to come down the pike is the notion that most people, who are woefully ignorant of medicine and…

As promised, Bush vetoed the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) earlier today. As the AP notes (in an article with a glaring typo in its title), “The White House sought as little attention as possible, with the president wielding his veto behind closed doors without any fanfare or news coverage.” Yeah.…