by TOM COBURN
Last week President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public-health emergency, pledging to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction. Opioid addiction kills more Americans than AIDS and has taken a terrible toll on families in my state, Oklahoma. From 2007 to 2016, drug-related deaths there grew by nearly 70 percent, with two-thirds of them involving opioids. What pains me most as a physician is the knowledge that this epidemic is largely man-made, fueled by federal regulations linking pain management to Medicare reimbursement. That linkage encouraged many physicians to treat common aches ” such as lower-back pain with powerful opioids meant to blunt pain from serious diseases. Full Story....Here
We're used to anti-gun zealots shamelessly using national horrors to take political cheap shots, but following the Las Vegas massacre, they've hit a new low by blaming masculinity for the bloodshed that shocked our nation.
Anti-gun activists would like you to think that gun violence is a growing problem in the United States as alpha males flock to gun shows to buy weapons. But this is completely untrue. Gun violence has decreased almost equally with the increase in gun ownership. States with higher gun ownership don't have more murders. Not to mention, since 1993, the gun homicide rate has fallen by nearly 50 percent, despite recent increases in some urban areas. Full Story....Here
By Henry Oliner
Advocates for a single-payer health care system address legitimate concerns for the shortcomings of our prevailing system. They philosophically believe that a free market has limitations, especially in an area of such individual and social importance as our health care system. They also believe that single-payer systems abroad with vastly different dynamics have admirable results that we can emulate by adopting their more evolved solution.
By M.D. Kittle
[Madison, Wis...] Described as the "bonding house of last resort," the Public Finance Authority issues higher-risk bonds for government and not-for-profit projects.
So why is Wisconsin's Legislature looking to give this controversial, quasi-public entity more authority - including the power of eminent domain?
Even some lawmakers and political insiders don't know the answer. Full Story....Here
by DAVID FRENCH
Their proposals would do nothing to stop mass shootings. By now you've seen it a thousand times. On Twitter, in print, and on the air, Democratic politicians and progressive activists try to name and shame conservatives - especially conservative politicians - who offer thoughts and prayers in the aftermath of a mass shooting. Your job isn't to pray, they argue. Your job is to legislate. Your job is to fix the problem. Full Story....Here