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The GOP Better Listen to Bobby Jindal on Birth Control
December 18, 2012

The Louisiana governor has made his position known. Will Republicans come around?

Not So Super
November 13, 2011

[Guest post by Harold Pollack. Cross-posted from The Incidental Economist] It’s disappointing but unsurprising to read that Super-committee Democrats may cut the Affordable Care Act’s ten-year $15 billion Prevention and Public Health Fund. The Obama administration had already signaled a willingness to scale back the initiative, having previously proposed of a 25 percent cut as part of one of its deficit reduction deals. Super-committee Democrats have now called for cuts roughly twice as big, or $8 billion. The Fund is less than two percent of new spending initiated under health reform.

Public Opinion On "Smoke-Free" Laws Is Changing. How Will That Affect Americans' Health?
July 15, 2011

A Gallup poll released today found that for the first time ever, a majority of Americans support a ban on smoking in “all public places,” such as beaches, work sites, and restaurants. When Gallup started asking this question in 2001, only 39 percent of respondents favored smoking bans, but in ten years that number has grown to 59 percent. Increasing public support has coincided with the passage of “smoke-free” laws (which ban smoking in nearly all workplaces and public spaces, including restaurants and bars) in twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia.

Some Clarity on Health Reform
March 04, 2011

Confusion about health care reform is pretty much a fact of political life these days. If you need proof, just consider the most recent tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, in which 22 percent of respondents said they believed the Affordable Care Act had been repealed and another 26 percent said they weren't sure. Maybe those respondents were thinking of the House vote to repeal. Maybe they were thinking of one of the court decisions striking down the law. Whatever.

Not in Our Name!
December 18, 2009

As health-care reform inches closer to the finish line, at least a few opponents of the Senate bill are stepping back from all-out war.

A Fight Worth Having, Maybe Not Here and Now
December 01, 2009

Harold Pollack is a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Special Correspondent for The Treatment. Today’s debate over the Mikulski Amendment will not quell the misguided debate over mammography occasioned by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recent recommendations. There is just too much incentive to pile on.

Football Morals
November 26, 1976

T.S. Matthews: College football is not a game. It is war, and every college its own barbarian state.