The much needed attention against steroid use

A recent op-ed on these pages by filmmaker Richard S. Schiffrin takes the view that Congress and the Administration have expended too much time and resources investigating the use of steroids by Roger Clemens and other professional baseball players. Mr. Schiffrin wildly misses the point.


Cough syrup now in FDA's line of fire

Getting rid of that hacking cough that’s been bugging you (and those people around you) for several days, will become significantly more difficult if some so-called “experts” attending a September 14th Advisory Committee meeting of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have their way.


Time to take action against portions of healthcare law (Sen. Orrin Hatch)

With every passing day, another one of President Obama’s health care promises bites the dust. The more this $2.6 trillion health law is exposed for what it is – a massive big government expansion into people’s lives – the more clear it is that we need to repeal two of the central pillars holding up ObamaCare: the job-killing employer mandate and the unconstitutional, federal individual mandate.


Response to egg recall begs more questions (Rep. Rosa DeLauro)

Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT), Chairwoman of the FDA and Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, sent the following letter to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Thomas R. Frieden, and the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Margaret Hamburg, expressing her concern about the public notification efforts in the recent salmonella egg recall. Congresswoman DeLauro has observed that there may have been a significant delay between the reporting companies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the official notice to consumers about the dangers of more than half a billion contaminated eggs on the market.


Digital records enhances healthcare

In the transition to electronic health records, you get what you pay for (“Study: Federal push on electronic records could increase time spent at the hospital,” 8-18-10). The benefits of a move to the digital age are clear -- increased efficiency, improved quality of care and lower costs – but only if hospitals and doctors invest in the process.


Show-me State has its voice heard on Obamacare

As a longtime opponent of government-controlled health care, I was pleased to see Missouri send an overwhelming message to Washington that hard-working folks in the Show-Me State do not want the bitter pill known as Obamacare forced down their throats.

Seventy-one percent of Missourians rejected Obamacare at the polls on August 3rd. This result came as no surprise to me or the people of the 9th Congressional District.

For more than a year, the majority of the people who hired me as their voice in Washington have been telling me that they do not support government control of health care. It is gratifying to see the rest of Missouri join our chorus.  Missourians understand that Obamacare will raise their taxes, increase their health care costs, while adding to our national debt that simply hurts our seniors, families and small businesses.

I can only hope that those in charge in Washington will finally hear the message that the Show-Me State is sending them, and that message is spreading across the nation.


Breathing is not commerce (Rep. John Boehner)

As if Democrats’ new health care law — with its tax hikes, higher costs, and Medicare cuts to establish a new federal entitlement and massive new bureaucracies — isn’t already intrusive enough, at its heart lies an individual mandate that forces Americans to buy government-approved health insurance or pay a tax.


It's who we are (Rep. Alan Grayson)

Times are tough. Maybe you noticed.

In certain parts of the world, 100 years ago, when times were tough -- a drought, a famine -- they ate each other. Literally.

That's who they were.

We're different. When times are tough, we don't think about ourselves alone.


A Solomonic choice

In the story of Solomon, a mother is told she has an impossible choice: to give up her child or see him split in half. Our Children’s HealthWatch pediatricians see shades of this choice in the faces of the low-income families they treat each day.

Do they miss another month’s rent payment or buy enough food to get through the month?

Do they put their child to bed hungry again or risk having the power shut off because they spent that money on healthy food?

Do they stay home with a sick child and risk losing their job or do they leave the child alone?

These types of choices are becoming more and more common in the current economy, as people around the country face reduced wages, job loss and home foreclosure.