Published on November 30, 2012 at 4:09 AM
The New England Journal of Medicine: Implications of the 2012 Election for Health Care -- The Voters' Perspective
Now that the election is over, we have analyzed a range of pre-election and post-election polls as part of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project. ... As expected, health care was not the top issue but was an important one in this close election. ... Voters saw President Obama as better than Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate, at handling key issues in health care and Medicare. However, the President's lead in handling health care was not as large as those held by Democratic presidential candidates in the previous three elections (Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson and Amanda Brulé, 11/29).
USA Today: Birth Control Pill Proposal Not Easy To Take
In a country where nearly half of pregnancies are unintended and an alarming 7 percent of teens get pregnant, it's useful to look for ways to make birth control more accessible. That's what the nation's leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists is doing with its recommendation this month to put birth control pills on drugstore shelves, eliminating the need for prescriptions. ... But beyond the science lie several thorny issues that make this decision more complex (11/28).
USA Today: Opposing View: Make The Pill More Accessible
Contraception is essential to women's health, and improved access is critical. The U.S. continues to have one of the highest unintended pregnancy rates among developed countries. ... There are many reasons for our high unintended pregnancy rate. Access and cost are two common reasons why women do not use contraception or use it sporadically. Trying to get a prescription renewal -- or getting to the doctor or pharmacy at all -- can be difficult for many women. Fifty years after its debut, the birth control pill is the most widely used contraceptive in America. It is also one of the most studied drugs in the world. No drug, prescription or over-the-counter, is without risk. However, the data clearly show that oral contraceptives are safe for the majority of women (Dr. James T. Breeden, 11/28).
Los Angeles Times: Keep The State Off My Plate
We have entered the eating season, a time when fresh-baked goods appear on counters at work and families and friends get together to raise a glass and enjoy good food and good company. But this year, our indulgence is likely to be more fraught, as the government continues its intrusion into what we choose to eat and drink (Julie Gunlock, 11/29).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.