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More oncologists, raising public awareness are key in Mexico's cancer fightCancer specialist Pedro Mario Escudero participates in a Mexico City forum on the disease on July 24, 2017, organized by EFE, Spain's international news agency, and the daily El Universal. EFE/Mario Guzman
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A forum of experts in Mexico discusses the difficulties of national health care systems in Latin America to deal with cancer.  Each year, cancer takes 80,000 lives in Mexico.  An the number is expected to increase by 66 per cent by 2030.

[OP-ED]: Can we die in peace?

 07/28/2017 - 08:38
Just whether the persistence of high-cost care reflects good medicine, a deep human craving to cling to life, or both is unclear. But the rhetoric about “end-of-life” care has changed more than the reality. To the question -- Can we die in peace and with dignity? -- the answer is “not yet.”

For those of us who had hoped that American attitudes toward death were shifting in ways that would promote a wider reconstruction of the health care system, there’s discouraging news from Health Affairs, the pre-eminent journal of health policy. It devotes its latest issue to “end-of-life” care and finds that -- at least so far -- the power to make health care more compassionate and cost-effective is limited.

[OP-ED]: Donald Trump’s lost opportunity

 07/26/2017 - 09:12
Donald Trump could have quickly begun reshaping American politics. He heard voices that others didn’t, understood what those people wanted to hear and articulated much of it. But when it came time to deliver, it turned out that he had no serious ideas, policies, nor even the desire to search for them. EFE

There are many ways to evaluate the Trump presidency at the six-month mark. What I am struck by is the path not taken, the lost opportunity. Donald Trump had many flaws, but during the campaign, he tapped into a real set of problems facing America and a deep frustration with the existing political system. Additionally, he embraced and expressed -- somewhat inconsistently -- a populism that went beyond the traditional left-right divide. What would things look like at this point if President Trump had governed in the manner of a pragmatic, jobs-oriented reformer who was relentlessly focused on the “forgotten” Americans of whom he often speaks?

[OP-ED]: America’s postindustrial blues

 06/22/2017 - 09:43
Says Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution in his new book “Dream Hoarders.” We should not be surprised that 58 percent of whites and 67 percent of whites without a college degree voted for Trump.

Ever since Donald Trump’s election, a cottage industry of politicians, journalists, scholars and commentators has sought to understand what motivates Trump supporters. Theories have ranged from globalization to a rebellion against Washington elitism to racism. But the true cause may have been overlooked: the “postindustrial society.”

[OP-ED]: Una Reforma Fiscal Disfrazada de Ley de Salud

 06/21/2017 - 18:17
Mitch McConnell

En lugar de trabajar de manera bipartidista con los demócratas para mejorar nuestro sistema salud actual, los republicanos han aprobado una propuesta de ley que permitirá que las aseguradoras regresen a sus prácticas discriminatorias de antes contra las personas con condiciones preexistentes. 

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Bob Casey - Senador