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It Is Time for Our Best Ideas for Our Health Care System | Commentary

The debate over the Affordable Care Act has demonstrated one clear fact: No one thinks our health care system is working as well as it should be for most Americans. There is agreement that costs are too high, quality is not as evenly distributed as it should be, and the way we pay our doctors, hospitals and other providers of health care just doesn’t work anymore.

It's Time to Restore Fairness in Our Federal Health Programs | Commentary

The ability to take care of your family goes beyond income and immigration status. In New Mexico and at Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide, we see that a woman’s ability to access health care is critical to the stability of her family and community.

Obama Has Supported Three Anti-Trolling Bills

To the casual observer, the Obama administration’s approach to the congressional debate over patent trolls may seem erratic.

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Big Businesses Vie for Favored Provisions as Senators Finalize 'Patent Troll' Bill

Four months after the House passed a far-reaching bill to prevent abusive patent infringement lawsuits, senators are close to striking a deal on their own legislation, according to aides in both parties.

Obama, Democrats Have 7 Million Reasons for a Victory Lap

For a president and congressional Democrats under siege for months last year during the disastrous HealthCare.gov rollout, Tuesday’s news of 7 million exchange sign-ups came as vindication four years in the making.

It's Time to Address the Public Health Threat of Chronic Kidney Disease | Commentary

Chronic kidney disease came as a surprise to Nancy Vice of Warminster, Pa. Severe, unexplained back pain at age 27 sent her to the hospital, where she received her diagnosis and learned she would immediately have to begin dialysis or receive a kidney transplant. Her mother donated a kidney, and Nancy had five years of good health until the transplant failed. For the past 17 years, she has relied on dialysis to survive.

Scientists Warn Severe Weather Risks, Health Impacts of Global Warming Are Imminent

A United Nations report this week warned that a warming planet will exacerbate existing health problems in the coming decades — and U.S. scientists will caution later this month that those and other public health concerns are imminent.

As Climate Change Alters Ecosystems, Scientists Worry That Exotic Diseases Will Spread

Another public health challenge the National Climate Assessment will explore is the likelihood that diseases native to other geographical areas will migrate to the United States as climate changes alter ecosystems.

Enhanced FDA Tracking System to Monitor for Counterfeits, Contamination

One of the Food and Drug Administration’s newest tools in trying to protect consumers from counterfeit or contaminated drugs is a system to enhance tracking of products throughout the distribution chain.

As Food and Drug Imports Increase, FDA Focuses on Becoming Global Health Organization

The Food and Drug Administration is tasked with overseeing the safety and quality of most of the food, medical devices, drugs, biological products, vaccines and cosmetics in the United States. But every year, more and more of those products come into the country from other nations.

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Ryan Budget Will Get Still More Conservative

The House budget resolution that has served as a manifesto of Republican Party principles in the past three years is about to get still more conservative.

Is There Anything Bipartisan in the Attempts to Improve Obamacare? | Commentary

Republicans, at long last, are coalescing around a broad Obamacare replacement plan, set to be released by House leadership later this month. While Republicans will undoubtedly use it to pummel vulnerable Democrats in November, the $1.4 trillion question is really what happens after November.

Exchange Enrollment Hits 6 Million, Obama Announces

President Barack Obama held a conference call Thursday with thousands of supporters who are working to get people enrolled under the health care law so he could personally deliver the news that more than 6 million Americans have signed up through the federal and state exchanges.

Health and Wellness Are Top FDA Priorities | Letter to the Editor

A recent Roll Call commentary (Congress, FDA Need to Act to Protect College Students, Roll Call, March 20th) indicated that the FDA has inappropriately delayed access to a meningococcal serogroup B (or MenB) vaccine in the United States. This assertion is false. In fact, the FDA is committed to responding rapidly to public health threats.

The Next Healthcare.gov Fiasco? | Commentary

Will the federal government create another healthcare.gov fiasco in the selection of the next Local Number Portability Administrator? Or has it learned that complex, critical IT projects require very careful deliberation and strong technical leadership over many years? The current evidence says “no” and reminds me of the words of a song from my youth: “When will they ever learn?”

Rural America Needs 340B Drug Discount Program | Commentary

Rural hospitals are the front line of care for millions of Americans who can’t travel to big cities for medical treatment. Most are small, less than 25 beds, and many struggle to keep their doors open in the face of rising costs. A little-known prescription drug program called 340B helps these providers stay in business — and extend vital services to needy patients.

Congress, FDA Need to Act to Protect College Students | Commentary

Last week, a Drexel University sophomore named Stephanie Ross had her life cut short by meningitis, a highly contagious bacterial infection that can wreak havoc on college campuses and other high-density living environments. Ross, 19, was a mechanical engineering major at Drexel, which requires students to receive all available meningitis vaccinations before enrolling. But tragically, the vaccine that treats the strain of meningitis in question — that is, the vaccine that could have saved Ross’ life — is suspended in regulatory purgatory, and the federal government continues to put millions of college students at risk by refusing to expedite its approval.

Why We Are Fighting for the Birth Control Benefit | Commentary

The birth control benefit — a provision of the Affordable Care Act providing health insurance coverage of birth control with no co-pay— did not fall from the sky and land on the doorstep of the White House. When Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., fought to create this benefit in the ACA, we proudly fought alongside her, and we are going to fight even harder to make sure it’s not taken away.

Obamacare Exchange Enrollment Surging, HHS Says

Affordable Care Act signups are accelerating with two weeks left in open enrollment before uninsured people face a tax penalty.

Update Health IT Policy Now | Commentary

Mobile applications are revolutionizing our lives, and they have the very real potential to revolutionize our health care system for the better. Every day the mobile application and mobile health industries grow, but unfortunately the federal structure regulating mobile apps hasn’t been able to keep up. Worse, regulators seem to believe the old regulatory framework, created when most used typewriters and carbon paper, is well-suited to ensure mobile apps are safe and effective.

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