Harris's Healthcare Plan Shows Options Outside of Medicare for All

An article from the Washington Post editorial board—meant to be read and absorbed by congressional staff and political leaders—expanded the healthcare discussion from single-payer options, like Medicare for All, to alternative policies that could offer a more incremental shift to the issue. Smaller steps for change may be more palatable to the American public.

However, most are in agreement—according to public opinion polling—that a floor is needed to provide health coverage of some kind to everyone. But how do we best to do that without disrupting the system to the point of denying access to those who need it most? That’s what elections are for: to express concerns, promote ideas, and ultimately find solutions. The 2020 election is a test for candidates to do that very thing, and successful ones may go the distance.

Conservatives Push Back on 'Socialist' Drug Pricing

Importing drugs from other countries, capping Medicare payments, limiting provider fees, and altering cost structures to prescription medications continue to top the list of how to fix the health system to better enable affordable and accessible care. Those issues have already been before the U.S. Congress in hearings and are the red meat for Democratic candidates in their party primary. Even President Trump has issued new guidelines through the Department of Health and Human Services to review new ways to bring prices in line with what consumers seek.

However, the more the president pushes, the more ideologic conservatives are pushing back with fears of socialism at the core of their argument. It's political. It's philosophical. It's practical. And it's yet to be fully determined by any candidate as to what might come next. Stay connected to ONS and the advocacy community for the latest health policy updates throughout the election cycle.

Juul Denies Targeting Vaping to Kids

In July 2019, Juul's president testified before a congressional committee on the intent and design of the electronic flavored tobacco product. He claimed that the e-cigarettes were developed for current adult smokers who are unable to quit to use the electronic inhalants as a step-down program or a way to continue to enjoy smoking with fewer dangers. Attracting new and youth smokers was never the plan, he asserted, yet internal documents discovered later proved otherwise.

Regardless, fun flavors and catchy marketing have indeed drawn underage smokers to Juul. The U.S. surgeon general has labeled it a national epidemic, and more cases of teens with serious health issues associated with use of e-cigarettes confirms that diagnosis. ONS and its coalition partners are raising awareness and supporting smoking cessation legislation. Watch for more restrictive bills on tobacco from the U.S. Congress in the coming months. Learn more about the youth vaping epidemic on the Oncology Nursing Podcast.