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Area 45: A Healthier America With Health And Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan

interview with Eric Harganvia Area 45
Thursday, April 11, 2019

How to increase longevity and healthy living, and reduce unintentional injuries, overdoses, and deaths.

In the News

Would ‘Medicare For All’ Save Billions Or Cost Billions?

quoting Charles Blahousvia The New York Times
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

How much would a “Medicare for all” plan, like the kind being introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, change health spending in the United States?

Observations From The Roundtable

Observations from the Roundtable: Health in a Changing Environment

via Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, April 8, 2019

Human societies have generally made great progress over the course of history in the mastery of their surrounding environments, climates, and biomes. And the experience of the United States is emblematic of this, across a variety of measures—with significant reductions in air and water pollution, in weather-related mortality, in malnutrition, and in the burden of disease. Progress has been driven by a combination of technology, markets, and governance. Oftentimes difficult social and regulatory choices over the past half century, enabled by technological innovation and ongoing incentives for investments, have allowed this country to stay one step ahead of the variety of environmental and health risks it faces.

Interviews

Lanhee Chen On 'This Week' Roundtable: Biden's Struggle, Trump Punts Healthcare To 2020, Democratic Primary Debates Big Ideas

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, April 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen joins a panel to discuss Joe Biden, health care, and the Democratic Primary debates and ideas.

Interviews

US Health Care Checkup With Lanhee Chen: What's Broken And Needs To Be Fixed?

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Fox News
Friday, April 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen explains what needs to be done to make the health care system work for everyone.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Kidney Sales Should Be Allowed

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, April 7, 2019

"I think this law [making sales of kidneys illegal] is basically a form of mass murder. The government is not merely allowing 5000 deaths a year, or failing to save 5000 people; it is killing 5,000 people a year. Since the killing is unjustified (it is not, e.g., done in self-defense, or defense of an innocent third party, or as just punishment for a heinous crime, or as a form of euthanasia), it is murder." This is from Michael Huemer, “Why Not Sell a Kidney?.”

Essays

Health Technology and Climate Change

by Stephen R. Quakevia Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, April 8, 2019

As you have heard from the other speakers today, there are numerous health risks associated with global climate change. The Union of Concerned Scientists has analyzed this question and concluded that: “Rising temperatures will likely lead to increased air pollution, a longer and more intense allergy season, the spread of insect-borne diseases, more frequent and dangerous heat waves, and heavier rainstorms and flooding. All of these changes pose serious, and costly, risks to public health.”

Essays

Global Warming: Causes And Consequences

by Lucy Shapiro, Harley McAdamsvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, April 8, 2019

The familiar photo of the Earth spinning in the blackness of space that was taken 50 years ago by William Anders, an astronaut on the Apollo 8 lunar mission, starkly illustrated our isolation on this planet. Now we face a crisis as the climate and environmental conditions that support life as we know it become ever more fragile owing to CO2-induced global warming. The evidence suggests there is significant risk that areas of the Earth in tropical zones may become uninhabitable and that significant food chains will collapse in this century. 

Essays

Climate Change and Environmental Pollutants: Translating Research into Sound Policy for Human Health and Well-Being

by Kari Nadeauvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, April 8, 2019

We are intimately connected to the world around us—to the air, water, and soil that envelop us. The average adult constantly replenishes the oxygen within them by taking 12 to 20 breaths per minute; we regularly consume water, which constitutes over 50% of our body weight; we obtain most of our vital nutrients from the soil through the foods we consume. A healthy vibrant biosphere is vital for our wellbeing.

Essays

Potential Pandemics

by Milana Boukhman Trouncevia Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, April 8, 2019

Infectious disease has been a formidable force in shaping human history. In the times past, most people died from two causes: violence and infectious disease, with deaths from infectious disease being many times more common. Bubonic plague killed between a third and a half of the population of Europe in the Middle Ages, thus changing the course of Europe and the world forever. Smallpox killed half a billion people in the 20th century alone before being finally eradicated in 1982.

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Health Care Policy Working Group


The Working Group on Health Care Policy devises public policies that enable more Americans to get better value for their health care dollar and foster appropriate innovations that will extend and improve life.