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Congress must do more to help consumers know what a visit to the doctor will cost them before the bill arrives.

We can fight healthcare inflation with cost transparency

Inflation has made everything from gas to groceries more expensive. It has also driven up the cost of healthcare for millions of Americans. But unlike the trip to the grocery store, where the prices are clearly marked, many people have no idea what a trip to the doctor’s office will cost, until after services are…

Why are white Americans so opposed to offering reparations to descendants of slavery when we've paid reparations to so many other groups?

Reparations to Black Americans should not be a fringe debate

Black and white Americans have sharply different attitudes about whether descendants of slavery should be repaid in some way. In a 2021 Pew Research Center survey, around three-quarters of Black adults (77%) favor reparations of some kind while only 18% of white Americans say the same. That’s why it was such a surprise in March…

San Francisco wants to pay black residents $5 million as reparation. But the state's NAACP chapter is a surprising critic.

San Francisco NAACP opposing $5 million reparations plan

The city of San Francisco wants to pay Black residents a one-time payment of $5 million as part of a plan of proposed reparations. The city’s Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted the proposal earlier this week. But the city’s NAACP chapter has expressed surprising criticism, as it’s now coming out against the city’s plan. In…

Deglobalization and changing demographics make the world less predictable and that leads to less accurate data for analyzing our future.

Deglobalization leads to less trustworthy data worldwide

Governments, economists, scientists, and businesses all need statistical information to understand the past and make sense of the future. Without trustworthy data from other countries, it’s difficult for global entities to make informed decisions about trade, war, monetary policy, and healthcare. China’s lack of transparency around the COVID-19 crisis may be the perfect example of…

Korea Japan China fertility rates

The scary population problem China, Korea and Japan all share

When a country like China has a very low fertility rate, the population ages and healthcare costs soar, causing a serious strain on that country’s social and financial resources. Population decline also leads to a shrinking workforce, which leads to lower economic productivity and decreased innovation. As Straight Arrow News contributor Peter Zeihan explains, China…

Protests break out in France and Spain over retirement reform, health care

France and Spain are seeing massive protests break out. People are expressing their frustrations with France’s retirement plan reform and Spain’s healthcare system. 960,000 protesters in solidarity Nearly one million people are now taking part in ongoing protests over France’s pension reform according to the interior ministry. The government is looking to raise the retirement…

Winter storm Mara continues to bring freezing rain and sleet to the southern Plain states. 1,400 flights have been canceled this morning. The Morning Rundown™

Morning rundown: Severe winter storm continues; Tyre Nichols laid to rest

A winter storm continues to slam parts of the U.S., lawmakers say the COVID pandemic is “over,” and Tyre Nichols is being laid to rest. These stories and more highlight the daily morning rundown for Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.  Winter storm continues to bring ice, rain Winter storm Mara continues to bring freezing rain and…

South Carolina justices struck down a heartbeat bill while Idaho justices upheld a nearly total ban on abortion with some exceptions.

South Carolina, Idaho Supreme Courts issue differing abortion rulings

The Idaho and South Carolina State Supreme Courts made opposing rulings on two similar abortion bills, a scenario that is only possible because of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision. In Idaho, justices upheld a nearly total ban, while justices in South Carolina struck down a heartbeat bill. The Idaho Supreme Court upheld a near total…

The sports world was sent into shock as Buffalo Bills Damar Hamlin suffered commotio cords, igniting the NFL's emergency action plan. The Morning Rundown™

When Damar Hamlin went down, the NFL’s emergency action plan took over

The sports world was sent into a state of shock as Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered commotio cordis during a Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. In football, injuries are far from uncommon, but the severity of Hamlin’s condition required medical attention beyond the on-site capabilities of team trainers and sideline personnel. That is where the NFL’s…

Celebrities are endorsing the diabetes medicine Ozempic as a way to lose weight, leading to a shortage for those who need it for their blood sugar.

Celebrity endorsements lead to diabetes medicine Ozempic shortage

There’s a shortage of the diabetes drug Ozempic due to people using it for weight loss. The shortage is making it harder for diabetics to find the important medicine.  Ozempic helps people with type two diabetes lower their blood sugar and A1C. Ozempic is the brand name for semaglutide, which stimulates insulin secretion and helps…

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