Americans more concerned about health care than taxes in 2018

A mom and her children visit their pediatrician. Photo: Dominick Reuter / AFP via Getty Almost half of Americans in a new Associated Press-NORC poll say health care is their top concern going into 2018. Health care outpaced other issues, like taxes, immigration and climate change, by more than 15 percentage points. Why it matters: Congress and President Trump rushed to pass an overhaul of the tax system after failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Although Republicans may not spend more political capital on health care next year, the issue won’t go away as the public…

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Take a look at the maps that show Obamacare’s big effect on Americans’ health insurance coverage

Those vanishing areas of dark blue are what Obamacare’s effect on the number of Americans without health insurance looks like. The United States Census Bureau on Tuesday released a series of maps that vividly show broad increases in health coverage nationally in the years after full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The maps use dark blue to show states that have 14 percent or more of their residents without health insurance. Lighter shades of blue highlight states with lower uninsured rates. Census officials published the maps as they released a report revealing that…

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Repealing the Affordable Care Act would endanger Americans’ health

Last month, President Barack Obama signed into law a bipartisan measure revolutionizing biomedicine in the United States that I co-authored: the 21st Century Cures Act. While writing that bill with Republican Fred Upton of Michigan, I learned what this country’s researchers, heath care providers, patients and private-sector stakeholders needed to modernize the federal approach to biomedicine — changes that will lead to better, faster treatment and cures. When the bill was signed into law, it was praised — including by this paper— for demonstrating that Congress can get big, important…

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FASCINATING CHARTS REVEAL WHAT FOODS AMERICANS HAVE BEEN GOOGLING

KALE HAS OFFICIALLY HAD its day. According to data from Google, search interest in the leafy green peaked the week of January 5, 2014, and has been declining ever since. Today, people are all about cauliflower. Searches for Moscow mule are up, too. America’s culinary search history says a lot about the country’s changing appetites, but there’s more to be gleaned from that data than what people are eating. Designer Moritz Stefaner and his team at Truth & Beauty worked with Google News Labs to produce a captivating data visualization project they call The Rhythm…

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Study shows more than 50% of Americans suffer from multiple health challenges

With the future of US healthcare likely to rest on the next presidency, a new study from Psychology, Health & Medicine highlights just how complex the medical needs of many Americans now are. As the authors of the study, Elizabeth Lee Reisinger Walker and Benjamin G. Druss, observe: “The health of individuals in the U.S.A. is increasingly being defined by complexity and multimorbidity, the co-occurrence of two or more chronic medical conditions.” Given the medical and socio-economic difficulties often faced by people with mental illness, and the lack of research…

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