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The Inconvenient Truth About BPA's Safety | Commentary

The North American Metal Packaging Alliance Inc. appreciates the continued focus on public health expressed by the authors of new legislation regarding food additives. However, in the case of Bisphenol A, we strongly believe the concerns of Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and his House colleagues are misguided, and the legislation unnecessary. The proposed bill may do more to push America backward in public health than to advance consumer safety.

Lawmakers Search for Problems Instead of Solutions, Contradict FDA on Food Safety | Commentary

With three weeks left in the work period before Congress leaves for its long summer recess, the Senate is likely to leave nearly 300 House bills aimed at spurring economic growth gathering dust on Leader Harry Reid’s desk.

CDC Chief Pledges to Improve Safety After Biohazard Lapses

A recent incident during which staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was potentially exposed to anthrax is part of a larger pattern of “an insufficient culture of safety,” Director Thomas R. Frieden told a panel of House lawmakers Wednesday.

Remove Barriers to Colon Cancer Prevention Service for Seniors | Commentary

Seniors in our districts and across the country depend on Medicare to cover important cancer prevention tests, such as colonoscopies. With the current Medicare reimbursement rules, many seniors may opt to forgo this potentially lifesaving test due to their inability to pay for the unexpected co-pay for the removal of any polyps discovered during the procedure.

Protecting the Care of Our Veterans | Commentary

Over the past several months, we have heard the reports that veterans may have died waiting for care at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital.

Placing the Health and Well Being of Patients First | Commentary

Every day many Americans have to weigh how they spend each dollar.

Ban BPA and Other Toxic Chemicals | Commentary

In 2012, a six-year study was published that examined the occupational history of more than 1,000 women, finding that those who worked in the automotive plastics and in the food packaging industries were five times more likely to develop premenopausal breast cancer than women in the control group. One of the main chemicals used in their workplaces? Bisephenol A, better known as BPA.

Supreme Court Takes Power from Working Women and Families & Hands It to Corporations | Commentary

It appears the buffer zone in front of the U.S. Supreme Court is so large that the justices have lost touch with the real world. The five conservative justices have told us loud and clear that the hard work of Americans — especially American women — is not valued. It’s a very good time to be a corporation and a dangerous time to be a working woman.

Congress, With Help of Private Ryan, Can Save the VA | Commentary

Nothing short of fundamental reform from Congress will ensure the nation’s veterans receive the medical care they deserve. A new report from the White House on the dramatic failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs indicates how deep the problems run and how much reforming Congress must do.

FDA Weighs Role Overseeing the Marijuana Trade

Colorado’s and Washington’s decision to legalize marijuana for adults has left federal regulators in an awkward position, with the drug still illegal under federal law. But while the Food and Drug Administration has been largely absent from the new retail scene, the agency appears to be leaving the door open to taking action on food products that contain marijuana if public health is threatened.

Few Think the FDA Will Reclassify Marijuana

Advocates on both sides of the debate over legalizing marijuana are skeptical that the Food and Drug Administration will recommend reclassifying marijuana out of the highest drug schedule and say little would change even if it did.

Protect Patient Access to the Right Care Setting, Not the Cheapest | Commentary

Susan Stout is interim president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition, Susan H. Connors is president & CEO of the Brain Injury Association and Alexandra

Obama Administration Moves to Deny Justice for Camp Lejeune Veterans | Commentary

America’s veterans deserve better.

Child Migrant Supplemental to Be Sought by White House

The Obama administration plans to request a supplemental appropriations package in the coming weeks in order to manage an unprecedented surge of unaccompanied minors at the southwest border, according to a White House official.

When It Comes to Autism, Everyone Can Advocate, Everyone Can Help | Commentary

Everyone is an advocate. Everyone can make a difference.

Now Is the Time To Take Kidney Care in America to the Next Level | Commentary

For those of us working on behalf of the millions of Americans with kidney disease and kidney failure, it’s a proud fact that we’ve come such a long way in a relatively short period of time.

'Mad as Hell' Just Isn't Good Enough This Time | Commentary

Once again, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is in the news. Several media outlets are covering the scandal, which includes allegations that VA staff falsified data to create the appearance that veterans were receiving timely appointments at VA medical facilities. In some cases, not only did senior, regional and local VA leaders know these practices were occurring, evidence suggests they may have helped to orchestrate and cover up the scheme. CNN revealed that “at least 40 veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Health Care System.” If true, this is the clearest example yet of systemic problems in the VA.

We've Come a Long Way, but We're Not There Yet | Commentary

Yes. We have come a long way.

A Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Hobby Lobby Could Lead to More Abortions

It’s a difficult reality, but it needs to be stated: a ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby could lead to more abortions. We recognize that this is a provocative statement. Our intention is not merely to get your attention, but to provoke thought. As an evangelical Christian, political science professor and a Jewish, family-planning physician we hope to shed some light on the consequences of an issue that has been at the center of too much partisan rancor and division.

Emergency Rooms See Longer Waits From Health Law

Kentucky has been notably successful in signing residents up for coverage under the new health care law. Residents with serious illnesses are getting treatment after years of putting off medical care because of the expense. They’re often receiving that care in a familiar venue, though: the hospital emergency room, with its around-the-clock access and its policy, enforced by federal law, of taking all comers.

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