Author Archives: Steve Walker

Report Says Alcohol-Related Deaths are Likely to Increase after Cuts by England in Alcohol Taxation; What Can We Learn Here in the States?

Alcohol related deaths are most likely set to increase in England as incomes outstrip rises in taxation, argue experts in The BMJ (British Medical Journal). This prediction is based on the… Read more »

Congress Leaves Zika Measure Hanging; Then, There’s Really Bad News

Just one day after Congress adjourned for a seven-week recess without approving any of the $1.9 billion requested by the Obama administration to fund the effort to fight the Zika… Read more »

U.S. Health Spending to Climb 5.8% a Year Through 2025

The nation’s healthcare bill this year is expected to surpass $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said. The new peak means the Obama administration will pass the… Read more »

Federal Panel to Hear Obama Administration Appeal of ACA Insurance Ruling

The battle between congressional Republicans and the White House over the Affordable Care Act is again escalating–in court and on Capitol Hill. The administration last week appealed a federal trial judge’s ruling… Read more »

Congressional Dems, Obama Plead for Bipartisan Zika Funding

Democratic members of Congress and White House officials said the country is beyond a “day late and a dollar short” on allocating funds to combat the Zika virus in a White House conference call… Read more »

GE Healthcare Barges into Cell-Therapy Arena with Swiss Buy; Where’s the FDA?

GE Healthcare (Little Chalfont GBR) just signaled its intention to build a $1 billion business which offers specialized manufacturing tools for an upcoming tidal wave of cell therapies by acquiring… Read more »

U.S. House Unanimously Approved Legislation to Combat Opioid Overdoes

Elsewhere, the House on Friday almost unanimously approved legislation to combat opioid overdoses after Democrats dropped their opposition to the bill at the last minute. The 407-5 vote all but assures… Read more »

Aetna Said to Meet with DOJ on Friday about Humana Deal

Aetna Inc. (Hartford CT) executives met with top Justice Department antitrust officials on Friday to convince the government that asset sales it proposed would address potential competitive problems that could… Read more »

Donald Trump’s Healthcare Plan Would Make 18 Million People Uninsured, but also Lower Premiums Significantly

Donald Trump’s healthcare plan would make 18 million people uninsured, but also lower premiums significantly for policies purchased directly by consumers, according to an independent study released Thursday. The new… Read more »