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‘Good Riddance’: What We Heard This Week

‘Good Riddance’: What We Heard This Week

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“Good riddance to a half-hearted effort at trying to coerce some mostly less-affluent Americans into buying coverage they did not want, could not afford, or both.” — Thomas Miller, JD, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discussing Congress’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate as part of the tax reform bill.

“We need evidence. The whole wearable device issue is an area where we’re operating in a data-free environment.” — Seth Landefeld, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, commenting on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s decision not to recommend routine ECG screening for atrial fibrillation or cardiovascular disease.

“As a doctor I can tell you that Act 577 has nothing to do with health and safety.” — Stephanie Ho, MD, of Planned Parenthood Great Plain, referring to an Arkansas law restricting abortion providers.

“Public health regulation that does not rest on a foundation of science and evidence is flying blind.” — Robert Field, PhD, MPH, JD, of Drexel University, about news reports that top CDC officials had banned certain words, including “evidence-based,” “fetus,” and “vulnerable,” from forthcoming budget documents.

“If you think about what physicians do, it translates nicely to a model of public service.” — Ramsey Ellis, MD, MPH, a Chicago-area hand surgeon in private practice and a grassroots organizer, discussing how women physicians have come together to run for office in record numbers.

“I do not foresee a universal influenza vaccine licensed probably for another 10 years at least.” — Pedro Piedra, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, discussing vaccine manufacturing and development.

“I particularly worry about this because we do not have good information on the safety of these antibody treatments in pregnancy, yet childbearing women are most severely affected by migraine and most likely to be using these treatments.” — Elizabeth Loder, MD, MPH, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, on a novel biologic migraine drug with a 28-day half-life in circulation.

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