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President Obama Talks Climate Change: “We need to act”

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On the steps of Georgetown University Tuesday, President Obama announced his multi-step plan to fight climate change and called the American people to action. The President began his speech by citing facts and examples of climate change that have already been witnessed across this nation. In 2012 alone, climate and weather disasters, which stem from our warming planet, cost the American economy more than $100 billion. Left unmitigated, global warming will continue to cause increasingly Read More >

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Congress Acts to Protect Public Health this Flu Season

Chris

The next flu season may be months away, but Congress already acted to ensure our nation is ready. Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Richard Neal (D-MA), as well as Sens.  Max Baucus (D- MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced legislation which was recently enacted into law (H.R. 475) to update the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to cover the newest flu vaccines in time for flu season, ensuring patient access to the latest therapies. Read More >

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Reimbursement Cuts Jeopardize Public Health

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Just this month physicians who administer lifesaving therapies in their offices are seeing their reimbursements cut due to the sequestration.  That’s because while some government spending was exempted from the sequestration, reimbursements under Medicare Part B were not. And yet, some continue to call for additional cuts to this important program, where some of the sickest patients receive their therapies under the administration of a physician.  Additional cuts to Medicare Part B would have a Read More >

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Scientific American Worldview Scorecard Correlates with International Investment

MikeMay

Biotechnology innovation requires investment, and the Scientific American Worldview Scorecard can predict where investment goes. A recent analysis indicates that the ranking of countries in this Scorecard correlates with global investment. As a result, the Worldview Scorecard provides a valuable tool for any country interested in increasing its appeal to biotechnology investors. In short, the Worldview Scorecard uses a wide collection of data – compiled and analyzed by Yali Friedman – that generates a metric Read More >

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The Farm Bill Levels the Playing Field for Rural Americans

Lloyd Ritter

Just one week after insulting immigrants with the release of a flawed study, the Heritage Foundation gave the back of its hand to rural Americans with a counterfactual attack on the Farm Bill. The Heritage Foundation, in a posting on its Foundry blog, dismissed grant and loan programs for renewable energy as “green” subsidies, advising rural Americans to wait until the free market provides them the capital to improve energy efficiency, build renewable energy projects Read More >

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