Cuts in federal housing help would hurt people’s health, research suggests

This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. Does investing in public housing keep people healthier? New research explores this question, which appears timely, especially as the Trump administration proposes to cut $7.4 billion — about 15 percent — from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s budget, and HUD Secretary Ben Carson argues that too much government assistance fosters dependency and perpetuates cycles of poverty. The study, published Monday in the journal Health Affairs, found that receiving housing assistance from the federal government — through vouchers, public housing and…

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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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What a Betsy DeVos appointment would tell us about Trump’s education plans

President-elect Donald Trump’s busy weekend included meetings with at least two potential education secretary picks. Michelle Rhee, the former D.C. schools chief and StudentsFirst founder, has been a household name ever since she appeared on the cover of Time magazine with a broom, highlighting her efforts to sweep out teachers deemed ineffective. Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos is less well known outside her home state. She has chaired the Michigan Republican party and played a key role in some major education policy decisions there in recent years. But unlike Rhee and…

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