Tag: Health
Ending of a Needle Exchange Program Shows How Government is Addicted to Failure
In 2015 Scott County, Indiana made headlines for all the wrong reasons. With a population of fewer than 10,000 people, the county was the center of an HIV outbreak of more than 230 cases. Most of those infected were individuals who engaged in intravenous drug use. Recognizing the public health emergency, officials acted and...
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The Mask Madness of Big Government
As Newsweek reports, people are sewing their own face masks to protect themselves against the coronavirus. Readers might wonder why something as simple as a face mask might be in short supply. As it turns out, such masks are strictly regulated. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and...
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Coronavirus and National Healthcare Rationing
“Flattening the curve.” Those three words describe the motivation that many governments in Europe and several state governments within the United States have used to justify shutting down nearly all commerce and public gatherings within their jurisdictions as they seek to slow the rapid spread of coronavirus infections to keep from overwhelming their limited...
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California Coronavirus Measures Impact the Justice System
As we noted, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 12 Executive Order N-25-20 “readies state to commandeer hotels and medical facilities to isolate and treat COVID-19 patients” and “readies the state to commandeer property for temporary residences and medical facilities for quarantining, isolating or treating individuals.” As Milton Friedman observed, temporary government measures often become permanent,...
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Fighting Coronavirus by Breaking the Chains of Needless Regulation
The coronavirus pandemic is having a major effect on the operation of the U.S. government: It is revealing where the bureaucrats’ methods of business-as-usual obstruct the vital interests of regular Americans. The increased visibility allows the Trump administration to obliterate the regulations that provide little to no value for ordinary Americans.
FDA Considers Regulating E-cigarette Juices
Despite the best of intentions, efforts to regulate vice frequently fail and can lead to harmful secondary effects for those they intend to help.
U.S. Life Expectancy Drops First Time since 1993
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency, has reported the remarkable news that U.S. life expectancy has dropped for the first time since 1993. According to Mortality in the United States, 2015 (NCHS Data Brief No. 267, December 2016): Life expectancy for the U.S. population in 2015 was 78.8 years,...
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Game Developers Face Final Boss: The FDA
[This piece was later published by Newsweek and the Foundation for Economic Education.] “Absent the FDA, Americans would be healthier and happier.” —Robert Higgs As I drove to work the other day, I heard a very interesting segment on NPR that featured a startup designing video games to improve cognitive skills and relieve symptoms...
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What Happened to the Midwives? (Hint: Government)
It seems like every time I log on to one of my social media accounts, someone is announcing a pregnancy or birth. Perhaps this is why I’ve recently written on the supposed “gender-wage gap” and mandated paid maternity leave. One thing that keeps popping up among my pregnant friends is the question of whether...
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Welcome, High School Freshman! Pee in This Cup!
High school is rough for a lot of kids. As the captain of my high school’s academic team (we took tests competitively and competed weekly with other students in academic competitions—yes, this is real thing), you can imagine I wasn’t on the ballot for “Ms. Popular.” Others undoubtedly experience worse. Between parents, puberty, and...
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