Politics & Government

The Yaz Men: FDA advisors’ have ties to industry

Members of FDA panel reviewing the risks of popular Bayer contraceptive had industry ties.

US advisory panellists on drug’s safety had ties to manufacturers

At least four members of a key committee advising the US Food and Drug Administration on the safety of a top selling drug have had financial ties to its manufacturers, raising questions about the rigor with which the agency minimises potential conflicts of interest.

Profiting From Recession, Payday Lenders Spend Big to Fight Regulation

Industry Steps Up Lobbying as Senate Grapples With Financial Reform

The influential $42 billion-a-year payday lending industry, thriving from a surge in emergency loans to people struggling through the recession, is pouring record sums into lobbying, campaign contributions, and public relations – and getting results.

Why Insurers are Winning

unitedhealthstevensHow the big U.S. insurers shape health reform (BusinessWeek)

No Bush Left Behind

neilbushmicroPresidential brother makes hay from education reform (BusinessWeek)

Home Wreckers

How bank lobbyists undermine homeowner rescue efforts

foreclosureEven as foreclosures surged, banking industry lobbyists undermined attempts to keep people in their homes. Big banks and their advocates in Washington delayed, diluted and obstructed attempts to address the problem. Industry lobbyists are still at it today, working overtime to whittle down legislative remedies, buy time and thwart regulation.(BusinessWeek)

On the Quayle Trail

Articles on vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle, from the 1988 election. Deadline enterprise included disclosures involving his law school admission, enrollment in National Guard, and inaccurate resume. (The Plain Dealer)

Pain In The Rust Belt

Economic insecurity in Ohio could make it the new

He had lived the working-class dream, securing a steady job with a high school education. Suddenly, he was unemployed, apprehensive – and ready to take out his frustration on President Bush and challenger John Kerry. A report from Ohio during the 2004 election. (Media General/Tampa Tribune)

Universal Health Insurance: Not a Cure-All

Reform may offer less benefit to minorities and the poor

Many assume disadvantaged minorities, who make up most of the uninsured, would substantially benefit from universal coverage and health reform. Yet studies show better care frequently fails to improve the health of minorities, the poor or the lesser educated. (Congressional Quarterly Researcher)

Local Health Reform: How Tampa Does It

Communities slow hospital admissions and treatable complications

A community the size of Rhode Island raised sales taxes to buy medical coverage for the uninsured. Result: Fewer hospital admissions, reduced complications from treatable ailments such as diabetes and asthma, and savings in property taxes. (Congressional Quarterly Researcher)

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