Viewpoints: Public Health Advocates Fight Aversion To Soda Tax; Lessons On The ‘Benefits’ Of Trumpcare

Editorial pages look at these and other health issues.


Bloomberg:
California’s Ban On Soda Taxes Should Not Stand

The small but increasing parade of towns combating obesity by imposing taxation on carbonated beverages ran into a wall socket a month, even when California outlawed the practice. But that wall,” supposed to endure till 2031, is looking fantastic. Public health advocates are going to down it in a couple of years by persuading Republicans to pass on a considerable statewide tax on pop. (7/23)


The Wall Street Journal:
TrumpCare Beats ObamaCare 

By minding economic development and diminishing the taxation and regulatory burdens on U.S. company, Mr. Trump has helped to make an economy with more job openings than before. As though by magic, the invisible hand of a freer marketplace is presently generating new advantages as companies compete to fulfill each of those open places. . . .Imagine that–a growth of insurance policy with no new national program. It appears that so as to convince employees to provide enough labour to satisfy business need, organizations are rising overall reimbursement via enlarged benefits. Amazing! Some readers will undoubtedly see this as the very amazing reform of most, since it doesn’t cost the Treasury a nickel. (James Freeman, 7/23)


The Hill:
Congress And The President Must Take The Lead In Fixing ObamaCare

Members of Congress have intentionally failed to fulfill campaign promises to repair or replace the Affordable Care Act. Those unfulfilled promises have abandoned nations searching for new techniques to repair their broken health-care systems. Since Congress hems and haws on healthcare reform, states are lining up to request the Trump government for administrative relief under the ACA’s invention and Medicaid 1115 waivers. Too frequently, executive branch offices have repeatedly refused or unduly postponed those orders. And the national judiciary has united Congress and the government in preventing nations from enacting commonsense healthcare reforms. (Rea Hederman and Lindsey Boyd Killen, 7/23)


Dallas Morning News:
U.S. Must Avoid A Single-Payer Health Care System That Stresses Doctors To The Breaking Point

Washington policymakers increasingly face a crossroad in American health plan between two extensive and vastly different instructions. One contributes to a market-based system, dependent on customer choice and competition; another, toward a government-controlled, single-payer system, such as the United Kingdom, in which health care delivery and financing is executed via the British National Health Service.Whatever management lawmakers select, the impacts will be profound to both physicians and patients. Champions of a single-payer system frequently claim a government-controlled wellness program, conducted by Washington officials, could supply an efficient practicing surroundings for doctors. The British NHS expertise, however, indicates otherwise. (Kevin Pham and Robert E. Moffit, 7/24)


Los Angeles Times:
Let’s See How Many People Were Shot In America While I Was On Vacation

Now is my first day back on the job after over two weeks of holiday — off my time began July 4, devoting enough (a couple weeks of liberty starting on Independence Day). The good thing, of course, does not go on vacation once we perform (nor, clearly, do President Trump’s attempts to destabilize what that he comes in contact ). Now that I am back, I thought I would check in using all the Gun Violence Archive to check if gun violence chose a vacation also. It did not, needless to say. Our fellow Americans chose to kill others and themselves with leave, from toddlers shooting elephants to violent offenders killing police officers. In reality, in July 4 through Sunday night, the Gun Violence Archive listed at 1,930 shooting events where at least 730 individuals died and 1,731 individuals were injured. That is an average of 38 people killed and 91 injured daily. Plus it does not contain most firearm suicidesthat seldom get said publicly and are not picked up from the Gun Violence Archive from everyday reports. (Scott Martelle, 7/23)


The Hill:
Veterans Affairs’ Inability To Manage Its Workforce Suggests Benefits Of Managed Care

Last week, even the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs celebrated the year-long anniversary of their VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, using a hearing on implementation of this legislation because its enactment. Regrettably, such as the legislation , that the hearing has been a missed opportunity concerning purposeful VA reform. Among those announcements that behaving VA Secretary Peter O’Rourke produced during the hearing was that it is not possible to completely gauge the achievement of this program after just 1 year; after allthe VA is still a massive bureaucracy and it’s slow to change. (Rory E. Riley-Topping, 7/23)


PBS NewsHour:
How A Hotel Convention Became Ground Zero For This Deadly Bacteria

By July 21 to July 24, 1976, over 2,000 members of the Pennsylvania chapters of the American Legion attended their Yearly state convention in the Bellevue Stratford Hotel on Philadelphia’s Broad Street. From the days which followedDr. Sidney Franklina doctor in the Philadelphia V.A. Hospital, started treating many retired servicemen such as strange, or irregular, kinds of pneumonia. (Howard Markel, 7/23_


The Washington Post:
Why Companies May Be Sharing More About A CEO’s Health

Fiat Chrysler’s statement that its hard-charging CEO has been substituted after”sudden complications” following a operation didn’t provide many details: the type of operation. Details concerning the complications — or even their seriousness. But corporate governance experts say that since CEO disclosures proceed, the statement about Sergio Marchionne provided more than firms are needed to talk about. Additionally, it reflects the problem that boards of supervisors face when Analyzing CEO solitude, the requirements of shareholders to get advice and an increasing ethos of transparency concerning the wellness of high-profile spouses. (Jena McGregor, 7/23)


Des Moines Register:
Iowa Legislature Keeps Failing, Ignoring Older Iowans

Before this season, I challenged individuals who control what occurs — Republican leaders of the Iowa House and Senate, and a Republican governor and her own appointees that mind state agencies — to craft an elderly Iowans schedule, promote it, commit to it, and also get to work with it. They did not take action. Yet more, our leaders had been pleased to chat about a number of the problems and find an explanation (“we don’t have any money,””today isn’t a fantastic moment,””let us deal with this second calendar year,” etc.) to prevent action. (John Hale, 7/23)


Sacramento Bee:
California: Stop Bogus Medical Exemptions To Vaccine Rules

Few pieces of legislation have generated more of a gap to greater Californians more rapidly compared to bill 2 years ago to psychologist school vaccination laws. . . .The new legislation has functioned as a champ, increasing dangerously lower levels of resistance in California back to the public health minimal, 95% of the populace. But that is a statewide amount, and outbreaks, even when they occur, do this locally. (7/23)


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