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President Grant and Funding Research for Oral Cancer | Commentary

This Presidents Day, please take a moment to reflect on Ulysses S. Grant, the only U.S. president to die of cancer. Pain from oral cancer left him mute and unable to eat solid food. A man whose voice had commanded the attention of kings and queens was left to communicate with his physician through penciled notes. These handwritten missives leave an intimate and harrowing account of Grant’s debilitation and pain. Biographer Horace Green found the majority of these notes “too pitiful for print.”

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Vulnerable Democrats Run Against GOP Medicaid Decisions in 2014

Republicans have made the president’s health care law their primary ammunition in congressional campaigns since 2010 — but embattled Senate Democrats believe they have found an opening to turn voter ire toward the GOP this cycle: Medicaid expansion.

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Chambers Consider Reversing Defense Pension Cuts

Both Congress and the Pentagon oppose a cut to military pensions contained in last year’s bipartisan budget deal, but the rush to legislative action underscores a potentially big problem for the military: There is deep reluctance on Capitol Hill to make cost-saving changes to the military’s increasingly expensive benefits and compensation system.

Pentagon Struggles to Find Solution to Soaring Health Costs

Even as the Defense Department’s budget grew at historic rates during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pentagon officials began to voice concerns that the military’s rising health care costs would threaten other spending priorities.

Crafty Messaging Doesn't Trump Good Policy | Commentary

Sometimes it’s hard to generate enough public attention to move good policy forward. There are plenty of examples of needed reforms that do not happen because they do not make good politics or capture public interest. However, these days the opposite is true too often. Lately, policymakers have turned away from good policy because of clever and dramatic messaging that grabbed the attention of the American people and made sound ideas suddenly seem unfair or untenable.

Doctors Pitch the Health Benefits of Bicycling

Bicyclists and pedestrians are joining forces with public health advocates in their bid for a larger share of federal transportation infrastructure.

Veterans: a New Cadre of Monument Men (and Women) for America's Treasures? | Commentary

George Clooney’s new movie tells the true story of “The Monuments Men” — a little-known group of art and historic preservationists who trained and traveled with the U.S. Army intent on saving masterpieces from Adolf Hitler. They worked to find and return thousands of priceless treasures stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners for the benefit of future generations. They risked their lives to protect the world’s greatest achievements.

Congress Has a Fiscal Responsibility to Reform Medicare Now | Commentary

Congress is within striking distance of enacting fiscally-prudent legislation that would help transform Medicare into a revitalized 21st century program that’s fair, sustainable and supports access to high quality care and better health outcomes for patients and the nation for generations to come. The prospects for enacting patient-centric, fiscally-responsible policy are looking more promising than ever before, but the clock is ticking on Congress to take action and reform Medicare.

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Alzheimer's Advocates Fight for Piece of Research Pie

Advocates for the roughly 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s and their families had something to cheer when the recent fiscal 2014 spending bill was signed into law. The measure included hard-fought funding to help address the disease at a level that the Alzheimer’s Association called unprecedented.

G-8 Makes Commitments to Address Dementia

On Dec. 11, members of the G-8 gathered at a summit in London to discuss an international path forward for addressing dementia. Health representatives from the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States made a number of commitments, including the following:

We Must Develop Alzheimer's Drugs More Efficiently | Commentary

Modern medicine has provided us with a cruel paradox: Because of major medical advances, we are living longer than ever, but our ability to prevent and treat the chronic diseases that afflict us in our final years has not kept pace.

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Fighting Over the Health Care Law by the Hours

A tough partisan fight is developing over how best to meet the needs of part-time workers in light of the 30-hour workweek threshold for employer-mandated health care.

Liberal Democrats Seek to Extend Benefits Mandates

Liberal Democrats are looking to beef up benefits for part-time workers who face hurdles in finding full-time gigs in a sluggish economy.

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House Judiciary Rejects D.C. Exemption to Abortion Bill

The District’s autonomy, or lack thereof, again became fodder for House Judiciary Committee debate as the panel marked up a bill Wednesday that would permanently prevent D.C. from spending locally raised funds on abortion.

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Sustainable Growth Rate? | Commentary

With the year drawing to a close, lawmakers, lobbyists and everyone in between were once again scrambling to finish last-minute priorities, including the recently passed bipartisan budget deal. As part of the budget, lawmakers crafted a temporary fix to avoid a catastrophic 24 percent reduction in Medicare’s physician fees. Why was this necessary? The culprit is Medicare’s sustainable growth rate.

Costly Pills Put Financial Burden on Health Systems

The new Sovaldi hepatitis C drug, which has a wholesale cost of $1,000 a pill, will pose a challenge to Medicare, Medicaid and prison systems during a time of austere budgets.

What Is a Hepatitis C Drug Worth?

The founder of the company that discovered the Sovaldi hepatitis C drug, which has been listed with a cost of $1,000 for a single pill, says that it’s fairly cheap to make the basic ingredients for this well-regarded new medicine. It may cost only about $1,400 to manufacture a 12-week supply, or 84 pills, of the key ingredient in Sovaldi, excluding the costs of manufacturing plants, solvents, formulation, encapsulating and marketing.

Senior Staffers Hampered by Health Care

The recent changes to health care benefits are taking their toll on senior-level staff morale on Capitol Hill, according to a new survey.

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GOP Turns to Courts to Take On Obama

Republicans are bringing their objections to Obama administration policies to a courtroom near you.

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Snipes and Snubs Define D.C. at Abortion Hearing

A House Judiciary Committee panel spent the opening minutes of its hearing on a bill to restrict funding for abortion sniping over the snub of one Democrat who requested to testify.

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