Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post Published 5:03 am PDT, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 It was a surreal moment in the middle of a surreal news cycle. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, D, and his Republican challenger, Scott Wagner, sat on stage, their faces frozen and their hands clasped. And Alex Trebek, the "Jeopardy!" host and the moderator of Monday night's debate, let loose, joking that the only thing with a lower approval rating than the Pennsylvania legislature was the Catholic Church. Polite laughter from the audience quickly turned to boos. Trebek, dressed in a purple flowered tie with a matching pocket square, looked out at the crowd watching the two candidates face off at an upscale hotel in Hershey, Pennsylvania. "Don't go there," the white-haired television host said, wagging a finger. "I was born and raised in the Catholic Church and I'm just as ticked off as everybody else is over what has happened with the church." He went on, unfazed by the ticking clock … [Read more...] about Analysis: Alex Trebek moderated a gubernatorial debate in Pennsylvania. It didn’t go well.
U.S. Sen. James Lankford scored a victory last week when the Senate Rules Committee agreed to his proposal to shorten debate time for most administration nominations. The change is identical to one adopted for a time during the Obama administration.Lankford wants to shorten maximum debate time from 30 hours to eight for most nominations, except for district judge, which would be shortened to two.Republicans say Democrats have made unprecedented use of maximum debate to stall Trump administration nominations.Lankford’s proposal now goes to the full Senate.Moonbeams: Former 1st District Congressman Jim Bridenstine had been on the job as director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration only three days before being confronted by a major policy decision.Bridenstine, who advocates returning to the moon for both scientific and commercial reasons, learned a major lunar exploration project had been canceled.NASA scientists and engineers said they’d been told to shut … [Read more...] about D.C. Report: Lankford works to shorten debate time on nominations
Nope, the wonkers are hard at it while the rest are vacationing…we know you’re busy, so we’ll do this one quick – but NOT dirty! This biweek’s edition of Health Wonk Review starts with the big question – we all know there’s a shipload of waste in the health care delivery and reimbursement system. So, what do we do about it? David Cutler and host Harold Pollack discuss what it might take to reduce wasteful spending in the healthcare system and what makes healthcare organizations successful. Is healing the system as simple as treating patients well? Maggie Mahar brings us an excellent piece on the issues inherent in living longer – dealing with the medical conditions that arise as we age, and paying for them. A thoughtful and comprehensive discussion. The most expensive health insurance in the nation is in…a group of mountain towns in Colorado. Louise explores this as only she can – discussing all sides of the … [Read more...] about HWR’s not taking any time off!
Health Wonk Review is a biweekly compendium of the best of the health policy blogs. More than two dozen health policy, infrastructure, insurance, technology, and managed care bloggers participate by contributing their best recent blog postings to a roving digest, with each issue hosted at a different participant's blog. For participants, it's a way to network and share ideas, and for those readers who don't live in this space every day, it's a way to sample some of the latest thinking and the "best of the best."This time, it's my turn to host and, as usual, our network of health policy bloggers have given us a wide range of their cutting edge thinking.David Harlow, over at HealthBlawg, starts things off with a post that reminds us that one organization's "good idea" in health care is another's "bad idea" in "Minute Clinics Opening Soon To a CVS Near You."Not only is there lots of debate about what's a good idea and what isn't, in health care we can also look at the same facts and come … [Read more...] about Health Wonk Review–Recent Posts Worthy of Your Time
Time to consider police brutality as a global health problem? Author : Adrienne Milner & Giuliano RussoAdrienne Milner is lecturer in social determinants of health and Giuliano Russo is lecturer in global health at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Queen Mary University of London, UK. Police brutality has been framed in the past as a civil and human rights issue, and explained in terms of its sociological roots and legal implications. However, similarly to other human rights (eg, reproductive rights), substantial health repercussions arise from its perpetration for individuals as well as for the general public, and recent research in the USA has firmly established police brutality as a public health concern. In addition to the obvious link between police violence with fatality and injury (see panel), empirical evidence has shown harmful mental health consequences that are not limited to victims, but also shared by witnesses to negative police … [Read more...] about Time to consider police brutality as a global health problem?