“You’re darn right we’re going to take this up and you’re darn right we’re going to have hearings on this.” — Nannette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.) telling Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) that a House subcommittee will be examining the Texas lawsuit seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act.
“I saw no effort at all in the time you were the chairman to try to work toward solutions, toward improving the ACA; what I saw were constant efforts to join with President Trump to sabotage it.” — Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), chairman of House Energy & Commerce Committee, taking Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Texas), to task at the same hearing.
“In this era of precision medicine, it is critically important to study sex differences in Alzheimer’s disease in order to improve the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment for both men and women.” — Michelle Mielke, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, on patterns of tau pathology in men versus women.
“The AMA and the national Council on Patient Safety, all of these things can promulgate their guidelines all they want, but the reality of the issue is how seriously they take [them] and how much they insist on these guidelines, rules, and protocols actually being implemented on the provider-patient level.” — John Banja, PhD, a medical ethicist at Emory University, on the need to improve reporting and preventing physician sexual assault.
“In every other sector of the economy, the federal government encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, but in healthcare, it favors large businesses … and central planning.” — Harold Miller, of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform in Pittsburgh, on what healthcare issue he would have liked to hear in the State of the Union speech.
“The fundamental problem with American healthcare is that it’s too inefficient; there’s a lot of money spent that’s wasteful.” – James Capretta, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, on renewed healthcare reform efforts.
“The idea of education being somehow a ‘cognitive vaccine’ you get early in life that confers protective benefit throughout the life course is something we need to examine.” — George Rebok, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, on surprising findings from a study of educational attainment and its relation to subsequent dementia risk.
“My response to that is one word: Juul.” – Brian King, PhD, MPH, of the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, on the potential for widespread uptake of “snus” smokeless tobacco products among U.S. youth.
“What is already known … is that both types of infertility treatment — insemination and IVF — are, in general, extremely safe procedures.” — Eric Flisser, MD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, commenting on adverse effects from assisted reproductive technologies.