Volume IV, Issue 26

June 26, 2017
Trump Signs VA Reform Bill
Barnini Chakraborty, in a June 23, 2017   Fox News post, reports:

President Trump on Friday signed Veterans Affairs reform legislation meant to protect whistleblowers while making it easier to fire problematic employees at the department... The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act passed by Congress earlier this month streamlines the process to remove, demote, or suspend VA employees for poor performance or misconduct. In addition, it authorizes the VA secretary to recoup any bonuses awarded to employees who have acted improperly.

The bill enjoyed broad bi-partisan support and fulfilled a Trump campaign promise. The ongoing VA debacle is a cautionary tale for proponents of a single payer system. 

See also:

Will New Law Hold VA Accountable? PBS via CNN
Will New Law Hold VA Accountable?
PBS via  YouTube
Study: Teens Having Sex, Using Contraceptives
Entitled Sexual Activity and Contraceptive Use Among Teenagers in the United States, 2011-2015, posted to the CDC website on 6.22.17 and authored by Joyce C. Abma, PhD and Gladys M. Martinez, PhD, a research report finds little change in the sexual habits of youths over the last decade. However, when comparing sexual behavior today vs. the late '80's, contraceptive use has increased significantly. Meanwhile, teen pregnancies continue to decline. 

Here we have some rare good news about the nation's health. Health policy makers should take note of this achievement. This is evidence that intense focus on prevention (use of contraceptives to prevent pregnancy) can lead to better outcomes (fewer unwanted pregnancies).

CNN does a nice summary of the report HERE.
GOP Senate Healthcare Bill Released
Rebecca Shabad reports for CBS News on June 22, 2017:

Senate Republicans unveiled a "discussion draft" of the bill Thursday of their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare that would end the health care law's penalties for people who don't buy insurance, cut back an expansion of Medicaid, but would keep protections for people with pre-existing conditions, compared to the House-passed bill....The 142-page measure would provide tax credits, based on income, age and geography, which would make more money available to lower income recipients to help them buy insurance. This differs from the House bill, which tied its tax credits to age. Obamacare taxes would be repealed under the bill. The Senate bill would provide for expanded tax-free Health Savings Accounts, and it would also eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood...Medicaid <expansion> would be phased out under the bill beginning in 2021, with gradual reductions until 2024...

According to Ms. Shabad:

The Senate currently has 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats. That means if all Democrats vote against the bill, only three no votes from Republicans can torpedo it. Even if Republicans are successful in getting it through the upper chamber, they would then still need to reconcile it with version passed by the House in early May, reach a bicameral agreement with House Republicans, and hold votes in the House and Senate on that version again.

Click HERE to view full text of the discussion draft of the bill.



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