Health

The ACA in 2015

In September, the Census Bureau released data showing that the uninsured rate in the U.S. had decreased from 14.5 percent in 2013 to 11.7 percent in 2014.[1] After several years of very little change to that figure, the sudden drop has given proponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)  a reason to cheer amidst what…

Active in Elementary School: Do State Physical Education Laws Affect Students’ Classroom Performance?

Childhood obesity in the United States is a growing concern for policymakers, teachers, public health officials, and parents. Over the past decade, approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents in the US—or 12.7 million individuals—were categorized as obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is about triple the rate in 1980….

OP-ED: Common Sense and Marijuana Laws

By Geoffrey Wickes Everyone likes driving fast, but nobody wants to crash their car. Similarly, some people might like the idea of legal marijuana, but nobody wants to deal with all the social problems that come with it. The laws designed to prevent these consequences vary wildly across the country, almost in a schizophrenic manner. While…

The Affordable Care Act in Post-Shutdown Washington: An Interview with Judith Feder

Judith Feder is a professor of public policy at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, a senior advisor to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and  an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute. Widely recognized for her health policy expertise and dedication to public service, Dr. Feder has actively worked on health care reform in Congress,…

Individual Health Insurance Premiums Post-ACA: What You Get Depends on Where You Started

By Manon Scales With the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) fast approaching, nothing has experts, policy makers, and voters on the edge of their seats quite like the release of individual insurance premium rates. It is a simple question–will rates rise or fall?–with an exceedingly complicated answer–it depends. As states have begun…

The “Good” Abortion Paradox

By Sarah Larson In February 2011, as the U.S. House of Representatives was considering a bill to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) took to the House floor to speak about her personal experience with abortion. Speier was 17 weeks pregnant when she experienced complications resulting in fetal unviability.  The speech…