Proposed Legislation

Concussion Prevention: When Equal Treatment Might Not Make Good Policy

Concussion Prevention: When Equal Treatment Might Not Make Good Policy
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I was stunned to learn recently that female lacrosse players, at least in my town in New Jersey, may not wear hard helmets even though male lacrosse players must wear them.  This struck me as ludicrous and unfair.   Both sports involve athletes running around with long sticks, hurling dense rubber balls at high speeds. […]

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Money Out of Politics?

Filed in Proposed Legislation by on December 27, 2011 1 Comment
Money Out of Politics?
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Christmas has just passed and Hannukah now draws to its candled conclusion as Kwaanza begins, heralding the start of a brand new year. These times naturally encourage reflection, and with my twenty-year old prodigal daughter, Lexi, about to return to Occupy D.C. after a holiday respite, I find myself considering the positions of her compatriots […]

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The Individual Mandate, a Brief History — Part II, The Republican Alternative (1993-1994)

Filed in Health Reform, Proposed Legislation by on February 16, 2011 5 Comments
The Individual Mandate, a Brief History — Part II, The Republican Alternative (1993-1994)
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When President Clinton announced his “Task Force on National Health Reform” in late January, 1993, Republicans (at least initially) felt the need to offer voters a conservative counterpoint. Their primary concern was countering the “employer mandate” proposals, which the right has long opposed as a job-killer. The stakes were raised when, for various reasons, the […]

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Senate Fails to Repeal Form 1099 Reporting Requirements

Filed in Proposed Legislation by on December 6, 2010 1 Comment
Senate Fails to Repeal Form 1099 Reporting Requirements
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On November 30, the Food Safety Modernization Act (Senate Bill 510) passed the Senate with a 73-25 vote.  Despite bipartisan support for the bill, on November 29, the Senate rejected two amendments to repeal Form 1099, a measure which likewise carries bipartisan support. Form 1099 is an informational return required of any business that pays […]

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We May Need More Than A Spoonful Of Sugar To Help Our Medicine Go Down

We May Need More Than A Spoonful Of Sugar To Help Our Medicine Go Down
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Today CNNMoney reports that drug recalls quadrupled from 426 in 2008 to a record 1,742 in 2009.  The recalls have been attributed to “manufacturing lapses” in raw material quality, labeling and packaging, and contamination.  Generic and over-the-counter drugs have been affected the most.  CNNMoney notes that the race to put generic products on the market […]

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