The pandemic is again raging in Italy, where strict lockdowns and widespread mask-wearing were once believed to have tamed the coronavirus contagion. It was the first country to impose lockdowns and left them in place longer than most other nations. Its national mask mandate is enforced by military police, with fines recently increased to 1,000 euros per violation. Public … [Read more...] about Forget lockdowns: At home self testing can work for COVID-19 containment
By making full use of his executive authority, President Donald Trump has helped to reduce health care costs by increasing choice and competition. But his recent executive order to base Medicare drug prices on rates set by foreign governments is a misstep. Instead of importing price controls, the Trump administration should pursue bipartisan Medicare reforms that would cap seniors’ … [Read more...] about Trump Doesn’t Need Price Controls to Lower Prescription Drug Costs
Comparing New York’s record to recent case surges in Florida, Arizona, texas, or California is misleading and overlooks stark differences among the states. While New York City was largely locked down until late July, its population-ad- justed death rate remains far worse than any other place in the nation. Officials should provide the public with accurate information about their risk instead … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Still a New York Story
by Joel White and Doug Badger | When the levees broke under Hurricane Katrina, the Army Corps of Engineers was roasted for spending billions and still failing to protect Americans. So where's the outrage over the latest epic governmental fail — this one by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? The federal agency with primary responsibility for handling infectious diseases, the … [Read more...] about Why is the CDC fighting today’s coronavirus with yesterday’s technology?
By Doug Badger, The Daily Signal, 07/15/20 | Florida reported almost as many COVID cases among its residents in the first two weeks of July as it did over the previous three and a half months. The newly infected population has trended younger, which is an encouraging sign. Those aged 15 to 54 account for more than two-thirds of all infections. That has helped reduce the percentage of … [Read more...] about In 3 Charts, What to Know About Florida’s COVID-19 Surge
By Amy Anderson and Doug Badger |FOX Business June 10, 2020 | The health care sector is in recession. Hospitals, physician and dental practices and clinical laboratories are hemorrhaging money and furloughing staff. Some are on the brink of bankruptcy. While the world is calling health workers “heroes," many are losing their jobs. In April, the sector shed 1.4 million … [Read more...] about Recession has hit America’s health care industry – and it’s brutal. Here’s what needs to happen now
If you’re wondering why Congress still hasn’t protected consumers from surprise medical bills, ask Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas. “It’s troubling that it’s taking this long,” Doggett, a senior member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, recently told Politico. “But this can’t be something that is 100 percent for the provider or 100 percent for the insurer. … [Read more...] about On Surprise Medical Bills, Congress Should Side With Consumers, Not Special Interests
Last month’s Census Bureau report on the uninsured overlooked an important point: More than 99 percent of Americans have access to health coverage, regardless of their income or medical condition. The overwhelming majority of those lacking insurance could have obtained coverage but did not enroll. Many of those with lower incomes may not sign up for subsidized coverage because they know they … [Read more...] about What You Should Know about the Uninsured