The End of an Era
John SamplesNo, not the end of the Trump Era. Or the Obama Era. Or an “era” named after a politician, including the Reagan Era. Or even the end of the New Deal, or the Great Society, or whatever.It ’s actually the end of the era of campaign finance “reform,” born in 1969 died in 2020. Many people helped end this era, among them Barack Obama (whose fundraising prowess destroyed the presidential public finance program) and Donald Trump (who showed that you could capture a major party ’s nomination without spending “big money.”) But it was Michael Bloomberg that actual...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 23, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: John Samples Source Type: blogs

Boost Supply, Not Demand, During the Pandemic
Chris EdwardsCOVID-19 is battering the U.S. economy, causing many businesses to cut back and close down. Policymakersare considering a huge $1 trillion stimulus package with an array of subsidies designed to boost consumption. Pundits often say things like “70 percent of the economy is consumption” and “America has a consumer ‐​driven economy.” That leads them to think that reviving growth rests on inducing people to spend.Consumer spending is 70 percent of aggregate demand, but that is only one side of the economy. The other side is supply —the production of goods and services. ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 20, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

Coronavirus and NIH/CDC Funding
Chris EdwardsThe rapid spread of coronavirus (Covid ‐​19) is focusing attention on the health agencies that are helping to fight the pandemic. This year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will spend about $38 billion on research and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will spend about $8 billion on controlling infectious di seases and other activities.The health agency budgets have become a  political football in recent weeks withvarious claims being made regarding spending levels under President Trump. Let ’s look at some data.Figure I  shows total outlays on the NIH and CDC in r...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 16, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

71 Self Care Quotes to Help You to Take Care of Yourself
Self-care is one of those things that is essential but we often don't take enough time for (or feel we don't have the time for). But taking care of yourself, your body, health and mental well-being is so important to not just feel better but also to perform better in the long run and to be able to help others better. And to keep going and not give up until you reach your goals and dreams. So I've put together a collection of the 71 best self care quotes I've found. I hope they will help and inspire you to more consistently take some time for yourself and for what you deep down need. Inspiring Self Care Quotes “Self-...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - March 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Personal Development Source Type: blogs

Are Congressional Democrats Warming Up to the Legislative Veto?
William YeatmanCongressional Democrats seem to be warming up to the legislative veto. If so, it would mark a welcome breakthrough in regulatory politics.But first: What ’s a legislative veto?Basically, it ’s a way for Congress to stop a regulation in its tracks. From 1932 to 1975, Congress included 292 of these veto provisions in laws that created regulatory agencies. These vetoes came in many flavors. Sometimes, it took a majority of both the House and Senate to kill a regulatory action. Other times it took passage in only one of the chambers. Less frequently, a legislat...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 13, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: William Yeatman Source Type: blogs

Will the Trump Administration's Testing Snafus for Coronavirus Be Their Political Version of the Democrats' Catastrophic Launch of Obamacare?
Maybe somebody should point out to Trump that he now has the big boy job and people are dying.      As I have watched the Trump administration fumble the ball on getting mass coronavirus testing available to communities, I am reminded of the way the Obama administration fumbled the ball on the Obamacare launch in 2013: Repeated statements on how well things were going in the face of fact s that (Source: Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review)
Source: Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review - March 10, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: ROBERT LASZEWSKI Source Type: blogs

Schumer ’s Sorry‐​Not‐​Sorry SCOTUS Apology
Walter OlsonOn Wednesday, at a rally on the Supreme Court steps, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D ‑N.Y.) cut loose with a truly amazing diatribe against Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, declaring that the two would “pay the price” and “won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.” Schumer’s menacing if vague comments drew prompt disapproval from a broad range of legal figures, such as the heads of theAmerican Bar Association andNew York City Bar Association as well asDemocratic SCOTUS shortlister Neal Katyal and Harvard ’s ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 6, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

Can stress really make hair (or fur?) turn gray?
It seems like common knowledge or conventional wisdom: stress can turn your hair gray. Whether it’s the kids, your spouse, your job, or something else, people with gray hair have been blaming stress for centuries. The example of Barack Obama is often cited: his hair was quite dark when first elected president, but by the time he’d completed his second term, it was much grayer. Clearly it was the stress of his job, right? Not so fast! As I wrote in a previous post, the notion that stress makes you gray may be largely myth. Certainly, there are factors other than stress that lead to graying, not the least of whic...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Men's Health Stress Women's Health Source Type: blogs

Failed Humanitarian Interventions and the “Good Intentions” Dodge
Ted Galen CarpenterIn a newNational Interest Online article,I discuss how advocates of “humanitarian” military interventions resort to a variety of excuses to evade responsibility once their crusades go awry.One especially maddening deflection of responsibility is when proponents insist that their intentions were good, and that the missions should be judged according to that standard.Even Barack Obama seemed to recognize the insufficiency of that defense when he first met Samantha Power, an advocate of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) doctrine and U.S. involvement in multilateral...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 25, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Ted Galen Carpenter Source Type: blogs

Back To the Battlefront on Religious Exemptions and Discrimination Law
Walter OlsonThe Supreme Court today agreed to review a challenge to Philadelphia ’s policy of excluding Catholic Social Services from its foster care system because of its refusal to place children with same‐​sex couples.Fulton v.City of Philadelphia could potentially clarify the heated ongoing conflict over the rights of religious objectors in discrimination law.Potentially is the word because it ’s far from clear on what issues the Court will choose to resolve the case. It might focus onwhether the city of Philadelphia overstepped the Court ’sMasterpiece Cakeshopguidance by showing imprope...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 24, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

Understanding #Medicare4All & The Democratic primaries
By MATTHEW HOLT Since Saturday’s Nevada primaries, confusion seems to be reining about how Bernie Sanders seems to be winning. Time (and not a lot more of it) will tell who actually ends up as the Democratic nominee. But the progressive side (Bernie + Warren) is doing much better than the moderate side (Biden/Butt-edge-edge/Klobuchar) expected, while we wait to see how the  Republican side of the Democratic primary (Bloomberg) does in an actual vote. The key here is the main policy differential between the two sides, Medicare For All.Don’t get too hung up in the details of the individual plans, especiall...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Politics THCB Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren Matthew Holt Medicare For All polling Source Type: blogs

Here ’s How We Perceive The Political Leanings Of Different Fonts
Photo: The serif font Jubilat was used on signs for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential bid — though a new study suggests that sans serifs are generally seen as more liberal. Credit: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images. By Emily Reynolds Fonts can be very distinctive indeed. Even if robbed of their original context, it can be easy to identify the fonts used on the front of a Harry Potter book, adorning a Star Wars poster, or on the side of a Coca-Cola can, to name a few examples. But particular fonts can also leave us with other impressions: the font used to brand a beloved book, for example, has different emotional conno...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - February 17, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Aesthetics Language Perception Political Source Type: blogs

Healthcare in the National Privacy Law Debate
Conclusion Despite the importance of the healthcare industry, the HIPAA Rules, and health information to the overall debate about individual privacy, healthcare has not been a leading factor in the current national privacy legislative debate. This is unfortunate and can lead to problems for both the healthcare industry and a variety of other stakeholders interested in healthcare data and the privacy of this data.  The HIPAA rules — because of their detail and our broad experience with them since their implementation  — can provide some useful experience in evaluating the national debate, particular...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Data Health Policy The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? HIPAA Kirk Nahra Source Type: blogs

Leaders Show Distinct Body Language Depending On Whether They Gain Authority Through Prestige Or Dominance
By Emma Young All kinds of animals use their bodies to signal a high social rank — humans included. But a growing body of research suggests that, for us at least, there are two distinct routes to becoming a leader. One entails earning respect and followers by demonstrating your knowledge and expertise, which confers prestige. An alternative strategy is to use aggression and intimidation to scare people into deference — that is, to use dominance instead. These two ways to the top are very different. And, to get on with their leader, an inferior-status individual would have to respond to these two types of l...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - February 10, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: leadership Social Source Type: blogs

Asinine, Backasswards Colonoscopy Insurance Rules Make Patients Decline Medically Necessary Testing
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD I’ve had several telephone calls in the last two weeks from a 40-year-old woman with abdominal pain and changed bowel habits. She obviously needs a colonoscopy, which is what I told her when I saw her. If she needed an MRI to rule out a brain tumor I think she would accept that there would be co-pays or deductibles, because the seriousness of our concern for her symptoms would make her want the testing. But because in the inscrutable wisdom of the Obama Affordable Care Act, it was decided that screening colonoscopies done on people with no symptoms whatsoever are a freebie, whereas colon...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care Colonoscopy Hans Duvefelt Health insurance Source Type: blogs

Asinine, Backasswards Colonoscopy Insurance Rules Make Patients Decline Medically Necessary Testing
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD I’ve had several telephone calls in the last two weeks from a 40-year-old woman with abdominal pain and changed bowel habits. She obviously needs a colonoscopy, which is what I told her when I saw her. If she needed an MRI to rule out a brain tumor I think she would accept that there would be co-pays or deductibles, because the seriousness of our concern for her symptoms would make her want the testing. But because in the inscrutable wisdom of the Obama Affordable Care Act, it was decided that screening colonoscopies done on people with no symptoms whatsoever are a freebie, whereas colon...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care Colonoscopy Hans Duvefelt Health insurance Source Type: blogs

Taxpayers Eat Another Solar Energy Flop
David BoazLooks like another federally backed solar energy plant has gone bust. Bloomberg Newsreports, “A $1 Billion Solar Plant Was Obsolete Before It Ever Went Online.”In 2011 the $1 billion [Crescent Dunes] project was to be the biggest solar plant of its kind, and it looked like the future of renewable power.Citigroup Inc. and other financiers invested $140 million with its developer,SolarReserve Inc. Steven Chu, the U.S. Department of Energy secretary at the time, offered the company [$737 million in] government loan guarantees, and Harry Reid, then the Senate majority leader and senior senator from Nevada...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 21, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

Checking up on the economy
I am continually amused by the claims of Trumpistas that the U.S. is experiencing an economic resurgence and utopia, for which of course the vulgarian in chief deserves all the credit. Joseph Stiglitz, who unlike them and me has won a Nobel Memorial Prize in economics (it's not a real Nobel prize, economists added it later because they wanted one too)knows otherwise.This is a fairly dense essay which it's difficult to summarize without quoting, but I'll try. Meanwhile one pull quote:Two years ago, a few rare corporate leaders were concerned about climate change, or upset at Trump ’s misogyny and bigotry. Most, howeve...
Source: Stayin' Alive - January 19, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

The Democrats' Search for a New Foreign Policy
A. Trevor Thrall andJordan CohenCato will be hosting a panel discussion on January 28,The Future of Progressive Foreign Policy: 2020 and Beyond, featuringKate Kizer from Win Without War, Loren DeJonge Schulman from the Center for a New American Security,Dan Nexon from Georgetown University,Adam Mount from the Federation of American Scientists, andMena Ayazi from the Alliance for Peacebuilding.To provide some broad perspective for the discussion, we are sharing a slightly updated version of an article wepublished in the November/December issue of the German magazine,Internationale Politik. In it we use speeches and campaign...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 16, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: A. Trevor Thrall, Jordan Cohen Source Type: blogs

Labor Law: Feds Call Off Their War on Franchising and Subcontracting
Walter OlsonThe U.S. Department of Labor has announced afinal rule (press release,fact sheet,FAQ) backing off one of the Obama administration ’s mostdamaging initiatives, its attempt to redefine a wide range of franchise, subcontract, and supplier business models as “joint employment.” The effect of that move would have been to make many companies liable for breaches of labor and employment law committed by their franchisees or contractors. The final rule is set to take effect on March 16, 2020.This is an important win for economic freedom, as well as for the legal reality that a supply or contractual rel...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 13, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

8 People Died in Immigration Detention in 2019, 193 Since 2004
Alex NowrastehAn important portion of President Trump ’s immigration enforcement policy is immigrant detention. Immigrants who are apprehended at the border or in the interior of the United States are detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities until they are removed from the United States. In recent months, manyreportshavesurfacedofimmigrantswhohavediedwhileindetention or shortly after being released tomedical facilities for treatment. The rate of death in ICE detention facilities is an important metric of how humane those facilities are.There are two primary pieces of data required to calculate...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 8, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

The Autobahn to Car Consumer Hell Is Paved with the Best Intentions
William YeatmanAfterbailing out two of the “Big 3” Detroit automakers, President Obama called in his markers during the summer of 2011. That’s when his administrationannounced an agreement with major car manufacturers to increase federal fuel economy standards to 54.5 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2025.At the time, fleet averages (including cars and light-duty trucks) were about 27 MPG; doubling that figure in 14 years was a tall order requiring technological breakthroughs that might or might not happen.Accordingly, the 2011 agreement included an escape hatch. The plan stipulated for a “mid-term review&...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 21, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: William Yeatman Source Type: blogs

The Post's Afghanistan Series
The Washington Post series “ The Afghanistan Papers ” charges that “ senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign. ” As someone who was both an occasional participant in and frequent critic of the Bush and Obama administrations'Afghan policy deliberations, James Dobbins finds this charge considerably exaggerated. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - December 17, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: James Dobbins Source Type: blogs

Diagnosing the FBI Failures in the Inspector General's FISA Report
Julian SanchezJustice Department Inspector General Michael Horowtiz'slong-awaited report on "Crossfire Hurricane" —the FBI's investigation of potential links between Russian election interference and the Trump campaign—has finally been released.Like most news developments in our polarized age, the report is being spun in diametrically opposed ways by political partisans, as evidenced by the questions atWednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the report. Both of these narratives, unfortunately, get it wrong in fundamental ways.For many Democrats and other Trump critics, the main takeaway...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 14, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Julian Sanchez Source Type: blogs

The Trump Administration ’s Deportation Regime Is Faltering
Alex NowrastehThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released areport detailing deportations (henceforth “removals”) conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during the fiscal year 2019. The DHS report divides removals into two categories based on the arresting agency: those removed from the interior of the United States and those removed from the border. Interior removals are those w ho are initially arrested by ICE and then subsequently removed.Border removals are individuals initially apprehended by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer while they attempted to illegally ente...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 12, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

Vox Misses Mark on Institutional Primacy in Contemporary Federal Policymaking
William YeatmanYesterday,Vox's Ian Millhiser postedan interesting article on how President Trump's judicial nominees are changing the federal courts.I've no argument with Millhiser's underlying thesis: A lot of (great) judges have been appointed during Trump's administration.The causes for this are obvious. There ’s a Republican in the White House, and Republicans control the Senate, so the appointment process is well-oiled. In addition, past Senates (under both parties) changed the body’s rules so as to ease the confirmation of a president’s nominees.Where I take issue with Millhiser is with his understa...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 10, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: William Yeatman Source Type: blogs

NDAA 2020: Congress Neglects Its Responsibility Once Again
Christopher A. PrebleThere ’s much to hate in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2020, which passed out of conference committee late yesterday evening (storyhere,summary in .pdf here). I suspect my colleagues will unpack or attack some of the details, but I ’m generally annoyed by the top line – $738 billion – at a time whenthe annual federal budget deficit surpasses $1 trillion. The utter failure of elected officials in both parties to come to grips with our fiscal catastrophe, and align our overly ambitious strategy with our obvious resource constraints is frustrating in the extre...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 10, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Christopher A. Preble Source Type: blogs

War, what is it good for?
Some of my 2 1/2 long-time followers know that I maintained the Today in Iraq and Afghanistan blog for many years. I've set it aside for a while, out of a general feeling of despair. But now I do want to say something about theWaPos's publication of the report of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. SIGAR reports frequently featured in Today in Iraq and Afghanistan.IG Sopko has been speaking truth to power for many years, mostly exposing the utter failure of development projects. But now he has done a comprehensive assessment of the goals and accomplishments of the United States'longest war. The an...
Source: Stayin' Alive - December 10, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan: “The American People Have Constantly Been Lied To.”
John GlaserTheWashington Post has obtained a huge cache of internal government documents containing hundreds of interviews with U.S. officials on the war in Afghanistan. The documents reveal a broadly shared official view that America ’s longest war has been a failure, essentially from the start. Over the years, official assessments of the war were consistently positive, optimistic, hopeful, and confident in the progress being made on the ground. But behind closed doors, official assessments were starkly different.Post reporter Craig Whitlock writes:Several of those interviewed described explicit and sustained effort...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 9, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: John Glaser Source Type: blogs

Another Failure of the War on Drugs
Jeffrey Miron andErin PartinTheWashington Post has just published a deep dive into the war in Afghanistan, including the war on opium. These newly released documents expose in stark terms the dramatic failures of our century-long war on drugs. Of all the aspects of the Afghan quagmire, the war on opium has been among the most indefensibly foolish. Metaphorical wars against inanimate objects (drugs, alcohol, etc.) or vague ideas (crime, poverty, etc.) have an extensive history of failure. Continuing to pursue them is nonsensical at best, and deadly at worst.U.S. opium poppy eradication efforts have cost nearly $9 billion si...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 9, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey Miron, Erin Partin Source Type: blogs

Despite More Staff, CBP Says “No Resources” To Process Asylum Applicants At Ports
David BierCustoms and Border Protection (CBP) has taken a series of unprecedented actions to limit the ability of immigrants to request asylum in the United States. But among its earliest and most consequential decisions was to cap the number of migrants who it would process for asylum at ports of entry. This policy clearlyviolates federal law. More importantly, it forces asylum seekers to remain homeless in squalid and desperate conditions in dangerous Mexico border cities, leading many to cross illegally.The American Immigration Council  and Al Otro Ladohave challenged the policy (the government calls it “mete...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 5, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

The Lynne Chou O ’ Keefe Fallacy
By MATTHEW HOLT Rob Coppedge and Bryony Winn wrote an interesting article in Xconomy yesterday. I told Rob (& the world) on Twitter yesterday that it was good but wrong. Why was it wrong? Well it encompasses something I’m going to call the Lynne Chou O’Keefe Fallacy. And yes, I’ll get to that in a minute. But first. What did Rob and Bryony say? Having walked the halls and corridors and been deafened by the DJs at HLTH, Rob & Bryony determined why many digital health companies have failed (or will fail) and a few have succeeded. They’ve dubbed the winners “Digital Health Survivors...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Health Tech The Business of Health Care BCBS of North Carolina Cambia Health Solutions Define ventures Echo Health Ventures Matthew Holt Source Type: blogs

Walking on Trade Adjusted Eggshells
Logan KolasSince its inception in 1962, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) has been portrayed as a way to help workers affected by trade adjust to a changing economy, but its political objective may be more important than any policy purpose: The program was viewed by many politicians and scholars as a political tool to mute free trade opposition from those with enough political sway to block or slow trade liberalizing efforts. Only by pacifying their objections to trade liberalization would free trade be able to flourish. Unfortunately, if the goal of Trade Adjustment Assistance was to buy support for trade, it has failed t...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 2, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Logan Kolas Source Type: blogs

Even Bret Stephens has had enough
Foreword:It is a fact that Donald J. Trump is a criminal, a racist, a malignant narcissist, a pathological liar, delusional, authoritarian, a sadistic psychopath, and an existential threat to democracy and for that matter to human civilization. There is no possibility of intellectually respectable dispute about any of that. Therefore we do not allow any such discussion here just as we do not allow argumentation about the shape of the earth, whether vaccines cause autism, or whether human-caused carbon emissions are causing the climate to change. This space is reality-based. And if you don't believe all that about the Resid...
Source: Stayin' Alive - November 25, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Medicaid Improper Payments are Much Worse Than Reported
Aaron Yelowitz andBrian BlaseEarlier this week, Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS)raised its estimate of Medicaid ’s improper payments from $36 billion (9.8 percent of federal Medicaid expenditures) to $57 billion (14.9 percent of federal Medicaid expenditures). Actually, the situation is far worse than these estimates suggest. As we discussed in a Wall Street Journalop-ed after the numbers were released, Medicaid ’s improper payments now almost certainly exceed $75 billion – or more than 20 percent of federal Medicaid expenditures.This year ’s report shows not only a significant incr...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 20, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Aaron Yelowitz, Brian Blase Source Type: blogs

The Worst Crime
Not obstructing justice, not holding up military aid to Ukraine to force the country to gin up a smear of the Biden family, not profiting from the office, not condoning the murder of a Saudi journalist, not even inciting racist violence or anything else but this:Denying the reality of anthropogenic climate change and doing everything possible to reverse Obama era action to combat it.More than 11,000 climate scientists from all over the world have signed on to this article in Bioscience, a peer-reviewed publication of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Yeah yeah, I know, all 11,000 of them are in on the hoax for...
Source: Stayin' Alive - November 5, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

HHS Moves To Lift LGBT-Bias Funding Strings
Walter OlsonOn Friday, the Department of Health and Human Servicesproposed to rescind some regulations issued in the final days of the Obama administration that required recipients of HHS program funds to observe nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.The move, which now enters a public comment period, is beingcovered in thepress as an issue of religious accommodation: should church-affiliated agencies be allowed to participate in federally funded adoption and foster care placements even if they decline to serve same-sex couples as clients? And that is indeed one of the hotly contested iss...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 4, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

Bipartisan Bill Increases Legal Migration & Legalizes Farmworkers
David BierA bipartisan group of about 50 House members, equally divided between both parties, introduced legislation today that expands both permanent and temporary migration for agriculture, while legalizing illegal farmworkers. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act will be the most significant effort to reform legal immigration since the 2013 comprehensive reform bill in the Senate, and it will likely pass the House on a broad bipartisan vote before Thanksgiving. This legislation will significantly reduce the illegal market in farm labor and provide reliable a legal supply for workers for farms going forward.The legislati...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 30, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: David Bier Source Type: blogs

Section 8 Landlording Shouldn ’t Be Mandatory
Walter OlsonLast year I wrote:In principle, the federal housing-voucher program known as Section 8 ought to win points as a market-oriented alternative to the old command-and-control approach of planning and constructing public housing projects. While allowing recipients wider choice about where to live, it has also enabled private landlords to decide whether to participate and, if so, what mix of voucher-holding and conventionally paying tenants makes the most sense for a location ….For landlords, participation in the program has long carried with it some significant burdens of inspection, certification, and report...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 29, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

Body Positivity: The Lizzo Effect
Unless you have been living in a cave, chances are you have heard of bold, brazen and bodacious hip hop artist Lizzo (a.k.a. Melissa Jefferson), who hails from Detroit, Michigan. Her musical journey took her to Houston to study classical flute and then to Minneapolis where Prince gave her a boost by having her record on one of his albums. She has skyrocketed to the top of the charts and inspires people to live with passion. In a recent interview on the NPR show Fresh Air, Terry Gross discussed the artist’s lean toward body positivity. As a woman of size, Lizzo quite emphatically talks about how she grew to be comfort...
Source: World of Psychology - October 27, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW Tags: Eating Disorders Exercise & Fitness Health-related Personal body acceptance Body dysmorphia body positivity Source Type: blogs

Regarding the Tragedy in Northern Syria and the Need to Revisit U.S. Security Commitments
Christopher A. Preble andDoug BandowPresident Trump's decision to give a de facto green light to a Turkish invasion of northern Syria continues to engender understandable criticism. Lost amidst this furor are several relevant facts: the modest U.S. military presence was inadequate to achieve any of the very ambitious objectives that the missions'supporters imagined it could. Aswe wrote elsewhere, these troops were not going to " force Assad to yield, ensure free elections, limit Russian influence, oust Iranian forces, prevent an Islamic State revival, or protect the Kurds. "A separate point concerns the conflicts...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 23, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Christopher A. Preble, Doug Bandow Source Type: blogs

7 Ways to Deal with Negative Thoughts
You're reading 7 Ways to Deal with Negative Thoughts, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. To deal with negative thoughts we have to become mentally strong. Let’s accept the fact that it is not possible to avoid negative thoughts completely. Negative thoughts are the result of our insecurities in life. We cannot avoid negative thoughts but we can learn to deal with them effectively. Reasons for negative thoughts vary from person to person. For some people it is because of their past failures, for some...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - October 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: chiragg69 Tags: featured happiness psychology self improvement negative thoughts positive thinking Source Type: blogs

Democrats Are Wrong: America Does Not Have A Widespread "Monopoly Problem"
Ryan BourneSenator Elizabeth Warren vowed not to “let a handful of monopolists dominate our economy.” Senator Amy Klobuchar claimed we were living through “another gilded age.” “In sector after sector…” Bernie Sanders added, “we need a president who has the guts to appoint an attorney general who will take on these huge monopolies. ”Last week ’s Democratic debate showed a clear conventional wisdom in that party: America ’s economy is besieged by a monopoly problem.Markets are said to be dominated by ever smaller numbers of firms enjoying rising markups of p...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 21, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ryan Bourne Source Type: blogs

87 Inspirational Quotes for Work (Motivation to Work Hard and Smart)
We are once again at the start of a workweek. So I thought this would be a good time to share 87 of the most inspirational work quotes. Quotes that will motivate you, help you to focus and work smarter and also reduce the stress and pressure you may feel at work (or in school). These quotes have helped me many times to re-ignite my own motivation on a rough or bad day and to find a calmer and less stressed focus so I could keep working consistently towards my own goals and dreams. I hope they will help you to do the same. Motivational Quotes for Work “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun's ra...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - October 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Personal Development Source Type: blogs

O'Rourke: Churches That Don't Support Rights Should Lose Exemption
Walter OlsonLast night, at a CNN candidate forum on gay rights, CNN's Don Lemon asked Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke: "religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities. Should they lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?"O'Rourke answered "Yes," going on to say "There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone ... that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us."Aside from being grossly illiberal, anti-pluralist, and inflammatory, O'Rourke's announced policy is also unconstitutional under current Supreme Court...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 11, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

History Lesson
As I mentioned in my last post, I have been closely following events in Iraq since shortly after the U.S. invasion, as I first contributed to, then took ownership of the blog Today in Iraq. We have a reader who thought that changing the subject from the Residents recent abandonment of the Syrian Kurds to the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq at the end of 2011 would place the blame for the rise of Islamic State on Barack Obama.In fact the so-calledStatus of Force Agreement that required U.S. forces to leave Iraq by the end of 2011 was signed by President George W. Bush in 2008. The Obama administration attempted to negotiate a new...
Source: Stayin' Alive - October 11, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Syria: Another Forever War Beckons
Ted Galen CarpenterAn explosion of criticism had erupted in Congress and the news media in response to President Trump ’s decision to withdraw a small contingent of U.S. troops stationed in northern Syria. Those forces served as a (mostly symbolic) barrier to Turkey’s ambitions to conduct a military offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces there. Ankara has nowinitiated that offensive.Republican hawks and Trump ’sautomatic adversaries among congressional Democrats are united in excoriating his decision. Much of the criticism has focused on the allegedbetrayal of Washington ’s Kurdish allies. Opponent...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 9, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ted Galen Carpenter Source Type: blogs

The good, the bad, and the hopeful in new interoperability plans from Washington
By CLAUDIA WILLIAMS Robust exchange of health information is absolutely critical to improving health care quality and lowering costs. In the last few months, government leaders at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have advanced ambitious policies to make interoperability a reality. Overall, this is a great thing. However, there are places where DC regulators need help from the frontlines to understand what will really work.  As California’s largest nonprofit health data network, Manifest MedEx has submitted comments and met with policymakers several times over the last few months to disc...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Data Health Policy Claudia Williams CMS Health Data health information Interoperability Manifest MedEx Source Type: blogs