| July 22, 2013, 1:17 p.m.
Partisanship usually gets the blame when Washington fails to muster an appropriate governmental response to the nationís challenges. But when it comes to confronting prescription drug abuse, the divide within the government is caused not by the culprit of partisan stripes but rather by departmental silos. That needs to change.
| July 15, 2013, 6:43 p.m.
House Republican leaders, who have struggled at times to keep their conference together, have set floor votes on health care designed to show that the Democratic Caucus is fractured, too.
| July 15, 2013, 4:41 p.m.
The chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee said Monday that she is worried lawmakers could run out of time to produce a final farm bill if House leaders do not quickly send their chamberís agriculture-only version to the Senate.
| July 15, 2013, 2:01 p.m.
When scientists, Congress, the health care industry and high-tech manufacturers all agree on the urgency of an issue, you know it is more than hot air. A large portion of the U.S. supply of available helium is set to become unavailable on Oct. 7 because of a legislative deadline set in law by the Helium Privatization Act of 1996. Congress has the opportunity to immediately address this challenge while also supporting manufacturing, innovation and economic strength across the nation.
| July 15, 2013, 11:43 a.m.
Something historic is happening in Texas. Recently, the Texas Legislature approved an outrageous bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks with only narrow exceptions and shut down many health clinics. Yet Republicansí unrelenting attacks on womenís choices have hit a nerve, and women across Texas are standing up to protect their rights in staggering numbers.
| July 11, 2013, 5 a.m.
Weíve all been there.
| July 10, 2013, 4:20 p.m.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended the presidentís record on border security Wednesday and dismissed concerns raised by members of both parties over the legality of delaying the employer health care mandate of the Affordable Care Act for a year.
| July 9, 2013, 11:23 a.m.
President Barack Obamaís decision to delay enforcement of the employer health mandate last week had GOP leaders crying foul Tuesday and pushing for a broader repeal of the health care law.
| July 8, 2013, 5:52 p.m.
Beachgoers reaching for the sunscreen this summer may notice some new labels on the bottles, including warnings that the product may not protect against skin cancer.
| July 8, 2013, 2:03 p.m.
On July 1, Medicare implemented the national rollout of a new competitive bidding program for durable medical products that is intended to reduce health care costs without sacrificing quality. Indeed, the government ran a pilot program in nine markets, and in that experiment, competitive bidding between medical product manufacturers helped reduce health care costs. Unfortunately, significant issues have recently surfaced that threaten to seriously undermine the ability of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to deliver quality care at these costs.
| July 5, 2013, 2:29 p.m.
President Barack Obamaís latest legal end run around Congress ó delaying enforcement of the employer health mandate ó has sparked more questions about whether heís abusing his executive discretion under the Constitution.
| July 5, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
The late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, who lost an arm fighting in World War II, once observed that advances in transportation and medicine were allowing soldiers to survive battlefield wounds that would have been a death sentence during his time in combat.
| July 5, 2013, 11:28 a.m.
The population of veterans waiting for verdicts on their disability claims, about 816,839 people, is larger than that of four states ó Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming ó as well as of the District of Columbia.
| July 2, 2013, 6:14 p.m.
The White House is delaying the employer health mandate of the Affordable Care Act by one year, bowing to corporate pressure and sparking another round of calls from Republicans to repeal the law.
| June 27, 2013, 5 a.m.
Whatís the biggest difference between the victorious 2013 House special-election campaign of Mark Sanford and the losing 2013 Senate special-election campaign of Gabriel Gomez? Simply, a willingness to take on Obamacare.
| June 26, 2013, 6 p.m.
A week after a surprising defeat for the farm bill, some House conservatives who helped sink the legislation are trying to build momentum to split it in half, ending years of precedent for passing agriculture and nutrition legislation in one package.
| June 24, 2013, 5 a.m.
House leaders must determine how they can pick up the pieces after a bipartisan rejection of a five-year farm bill backed by Speaker John A. Boehner.
| June 21, 2013, 3:33 p.m.
Salt may be at the heart of a dietary disagreement, but itís also the main ingredient in a billion-dollar American industry.
| June 21, 2013, 3:31 p.m.
Controversy has swirled around a National Academies Institute of Medicine report on sodium intake since its release, prompting health advocates, as well as some of the reportís authors, to argue that itís been misunderstood and is in line with broader efforts encouraging Americans to consume less sodium.
| June 19, 2013, 2:23 p.m.
When doctors told my wife and I that our soccer-playing, Harry Potter-reading 7-year-old daughter Olivia had cancer, we were struck with panic, dread and challenges we never could have imagined. And once we overcame the shock, we were stunned to learn that childrenís cancer is a disease thatís largely ignored.