Healthcare News January 17, 2013

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Obama pledges to implement mental health law

    President Obama said long-awaited rules on mental
    healthcare will be part of his administration’s effort to curb gun

  • Obama calls for CDC to study whether video games are linked to violence

    President Obama is calling on Congress to appropriate $10 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study gun violence, including possible links to violent video games and media images, according to a White House briefing document. 

    At an event held at the White House on Wednesday, Obama unveiled his highly anticipated plan for curbing gun violence in the United States, which included legislation and 23 executive actions. The sweeping plan is the administration’s response to a rash of mass shootings in the U.S. over the past year, including December’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of 20 young children. 

    In particular, Obama highlighted the need for Congress to fund research that studies the effects violent video games “have on young minds.”

  • Business Roundtable backs Medicare privatization

    Business Roundtable, a trade group that represents corporate CEOs, said Wednesday that Medicare should be overhauled along the lines of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) controversial proposal.

    The Ryan-like Medicare plan is one of several entitlement cuts Business Roundtable endorsed in a new proposal. The group also backed the so-called “chained CPI,” which would change the way Social Security benefits are calculated.

    And it said the eligibility age for both Medicare and Social Security should rise to 70. Medicare eligibility is now set at 65, and congressional Democrats have fought hard against proposals to gradually raise it to 67. 

    BRT proposed raising the age by another three years but phasing in the change over the same time period. The changes would not affect anyone who is currently older than 55.

  • Poll: Most want US to continue funding WHO

    Nearly all voters say it is important for the United States to remain involved in the World Health Organization (WHO), including providing the agency with funds, according to a new poll.

    The Better World Campaign (BWC), which seeks to strengthen U.S. involvement in the United Nations, found that 61 percent of voters see the WHO favorably and 92 percent say the United States should continue contributing money to the agency.

    The BWC touted its figures and argued U.S. funding for global health efforts should remain a priority as Washington enters a standoff over the debt ceiling and automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

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