We must do more to be equitable in our care for people with kidney disease

Diabetes is more than a life-threatening disease; it is a life-altering disease. It is a chronic medical condition that must be monitored and addressed daily to stay healthy. Diabetes is also the leading cause of kidney failure.As an African American man with diabetes, the disease affects me every day. I must take insulin every day to survive. I must deal with physical discomfort when I move and walk every day. Also, I must go in for dialysis treatments almost every other day. I am...

Young people overwhelmingly struggle to access birth control: study

Story at a glance
  • Young people overwhelmingly struggle to access birth control, according to new national survey data from Advocates for Youth. 
  • Fifty-five percent of survey respondents said they experienced so many barriers that they were unable to start taking birth control on their preferred timeline.
  • Of those respondents, 58 percent experienced a pregnancy scare, 20 percent got pregnant when they didn’t wa...

The government is not only spending trillions — it’s losing trillions

Lately, no matter if the federal government is spending taxpayer dollars or losing them, it doesn’t mess around with small change.  

The government allocated $4.6 trillion just in COVID relief spending, tens of billions of which have been siphoned off by fraud. And when it comes to losing taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars, we’ve calculated that losses tallied at the Federal Reserve and Department of Education together will top $2 trillion. No telling how much it will co...

Shoring up LGBTQ health

This year’s global monkeypox outbreak has dredged up harsh recollections of the early days of the HIV epidemic, especially for the LGBTQ health activists who lived through that ugly period and its prejudices. 

Sean Cahill, the director of health policy research for the Fenway Institute, an organization aimed at creating healthier lives for people in the LGBTQ community, can still recall the time before life-saving treatments for HIV became available.

“We certainly pe...

Kinzinger on GOP majority House: They’re going to demand a Biden impeachment vote every week

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) in a new interview predicts that GOP lawmakers will demand a vote to impeach President Biden "every week" if Republicans take control of the House in the midterms.

Kinzinger, a frequent critic of former President Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill, compared previous efforts by congressional Republicans to what he sees “crazies” will attempt to do under a GOP majority.

“Back before we had all the crazies here — just some crazies — you know...

Democrats brace for life with a House GOP majority

Senate Democrats are bracing for the possibility for life under a divided government, with President Biden in office and a strong possibility of a Republican-controlled House.

Democrats hope they can retain their majority in the Senate, where a number of political handicappers say the party is favored. That would give Democrats more leverage and congressional support for Biden over the next two years.

But if the House does fall as expected, lawmakers expect partisan gr...

Health reforms both parties should endorse

Health care consistently ranks near the top of American voters’ list of concerns and is likely to remain there. In fact, in Americans for Prosperity’s latest health care poll, conducted on June 22by Public Opinion Strategies, health care is in the top three, right behind inflation and jobs.

The vast majority of voters reject a government takeover of health care — they want to keep what’s working and fix what isn’t. But you would never know it from listening to candidates on...

Biden’s future plans for higher education will be even more radical

President Biden’s student loan forgiveness announcement resulted in uproar across the political spectrum, but there’s good reason to expect even more radical higher education moves from the administration. In recent months, Biden’s Department of Education has proposed rules that make it far easier for borrowers to claim that their college harmed them and have their loans completely forgiven, a move with unpredictable consequences. Even more significant, however, will be Biden’s independ...

Health Care — Biden boosts ‘cancer moonshot’ with JFK nods

Spare a thought for the people of Stow, Mass: They no longer have a Dunkin’Donuts in the town, and now have to drive as far as a mile and a half for theirmedium "regulah."  

President Biden on Monday delivered a speech to promote his “cancer moonshot” initiative to end cancer reminiscent of former President John F. Kennedy’s push to reach the moon. 

Welcome to Overnight Health Care, where we’re following the latest moves on policy and ne...

Health care is, once again, Democrats’ key to victory

Democrats are experiencing newfound momentum with less than two months until the midterm elections — but how can they ensure it lasts through November? 

After months of a doom-and-gloom outlook — as most were predicting that 2022 would be a repeat of the 1994 and 2010 midterms, where the party lost 53 and 63 seats, respectively — Democrats have been dealt some encouraging news as of late.

They now lead in the generic vote for Congress by 4 points after trai...