Category Public Health System

18 million would lose insurance with repeal of Obamacare, study says

By Kelsey Snell If Republicans repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, millions of people would lose their health insurance in the first year, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The study was based on a 2015 plan that GOP leaders expect to use as a model for current repeal […]

Racial And Ethnic Gaps Remain A Big Question in Medicine

Hispanics living in the United States have a lower death rate than non-Hispanic whites for seven of the 10 leading causes of death. But, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered, the three diseases for which Hispanic death rates are higher point to some pervasive problems in access to healthcare. Although previous research has […]

Angry at Obamacare, Angrier Without It

Obamacare supporters are praying that the Supreme Court won’t chop down a main pillar of the Affordable Care Act — but not so fervently, one suspects, as the politicians who’ve been demanding the law’s demise. That’s because come the next election, Republicans will have to face the voters they’ve made angry over Obamacare — but […]

California: Measles outbreak spurs lawmakers to propose repeal of Personal Beliefs Exemption

Measles outbreak spurs lawmakers to propose repeal of Personal Beliefs Exemption « Watchdog.org Health concerns stemming from the recent Disney Land measles outbreak have morphed into a discussion of parental rights, spotlighting parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. As of Feb. 6, the California Department of Public Health website reported 103 confirmed cases […]

Other Countries Are So Much Better At Vaccinating Their Kids For Measles

The measles outbreak in California has highlighted Americans’ increasing resistance to vaccinating their children. Vaccination rates for infants younger than 1 have stagnated even as vaccination rates elsewhere are on the rise. Several countries with a GDP per capita of less than $1,000 — Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, among them — now have an […]

I Didn’t Vaccinate My Child—And I Regret It

How I finally discovered that vaccinating your kids is the right thing to do. When I first told my mother that my partner and I would be taking our daughter to a friend’s wedding in India, my mom cried. “But she’ll have to get vaccinated,” she eventually said, through heavy tears.  Because my daughter, who […]

Poor Americans Deserve a More Compassionate Health Care Solution than Current Medicaid

Helping the poor is not an issue that is exclusive to one side of the political spectrum. The question is not whether to help those in need but how best to help them. A timely example that illustrates the differing approaches the left and right have on this is the role of Medicaid in the […]

Ebola 1, Public Health System 0

Ebola was the big story on Wednesday, with news breaking throughout the day. It started early in the morning, just a little after 5 a.m., when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control sent out a press releasing confirming that a second health worker from Texas Presbyterian Hospital had tested positive. The woman, subsequently identified as Amber […]