Viewpoints: Is overhaul really a 'war' on the young?; war on poverty requires spending; maternity leave in America

Published on January 20, 2014 at 2:21 AM · No Comments

The New York Times: Health Care Reform Survives A Lawsuit
A long-shot lawsuit that could have damaged the effectiveness of health care reform got a well-deserved brushoff from a federal district judge on Wednesday. The suit was brought with the help of conservative legal groups and cheered on by Congressional Republicans eager to disable the Affordable Care Act (1/16).

The New York Times' Economix: The Real Health Care 'War' On The Young
A common theme among critics of Obamacare has been that it basically is a war on the young and especially on men. ... But the authors cited above do not base their case on purely technical, economic grounds. Language such as "the greatest generational theft in world history" or "a war on the bros" is meant to generate moral outrage. A case in point is the gender neutrality baked into the community rating required by Obamacare, which has unleashed this so-called war (Uwe E. Reinhardt, 1/17). 

Los Angeles Times: Maternity Leave In America: How Do We Stack Up?
When I was waddling through the L.A. Times newsroom last fall very pregnant, the issue that weighed most on me had little to do with my actual baby bump. It was whether I could afford to take all the time I needed to bond with and care for my daughter in her very early development and still support my family financially. When it comes to maternity leave, the U.S. is by no means a leader (Michelle Maltais, 1/16). 

The Wall Street Journal: The FDA Nixes A Pathbreaking Drug For MS
Alemtuzumab is used today as an intravenous treatment for a form of leukemia. But 20 years of research centered at Cambridge University also has shown that the action of this drug-;depleting immune cells that become misdirected and attack one's own body-;is effective in treating multiple sclerosis. ... The primary reason FDA reviewers gave for rejecting Lemtrada was that the studies demonstrating the drug's efficacy did not conform to the agency's standard requirement of double-blind, placebo-controlled drug trials-;where some patients, unbeknownst to themselves and their doctors, receive placebo treatments. There are excellent reasons for the standard approach, but only up to a point. Lemtrada and many established MS treatments have immediate side effects, such as nausea and headaches, that are well known to doctors and patients. A double-blind trial would not really be blind (Christopher Demuth Sr. and Christopher Demuth Jr., 1/16). 

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