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School Lunch Shouldn't Be Middle-Class Welfare
House Republicans propose reducing—not eliminating—the number of middle-class families who get taxpayers to pay for their kids' school lunches. Democrats go wild.

June 24, 2016  •  The Federalist

First Lady Michelle Obama touted the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 as a way to make school meals more nutritious and accessible to reduce childhood obesity rates. But after more than five years, the program has few positive results: a recent study shows childhood obesity levels haven't declined (and in some demographics, have increased), food waste at schools is way up, and kids from families that don't need subsidized meals still get them, courtesy of federal taxpayers.

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The Nanny State Advances
The Nanny State Advances Statement on Passage of Anti-Soda Tax in Philadelphia

June 17, 2016  •  National Center Press Release

New York, NY / Washington, D.C. - In the first success of its nature for "nanny state" advocates after many years of trying, Philadelphia Thursday became the first major city to attempt to control the non-alcoholic drink choices of its residents by enacting a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on soda, tea, sports and energy drinks. This is expected to embolden nanny state tax advocates across the United States.

The tax, like others on food and food-related items, will fall disproportionately on lower income individuals.

The National Center for Public Policy Research's director of Risk Analysis,Jeff Stier, is available to speak with reporters and has a statement:

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American Docs Need to Learn From Royal College of Physicians

June 6, 2016  •  Morning Consult

Author's Note: On June 2nd, the New England Journal of Medicine published a case vignette, "A man considering the use of E-cigarettes."  the following piece, which was written earlier, provides valuable guidance to physicians seeking to answer the NEJM's question.

England's Royal College of Physicians (RCP) recommended on April 28th that doctors "promote the use of e-cigarettes, NRT and other non-tobacco nicotine products as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking in the UK."

This comes less than a year after a review of the scientific literature by Public Health England found that e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than smoking.

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Cell phones cause cancer? Think-tank fellow pooh-poohs that

May 27, 2016  •  CNBC

Click HERE for video of my interview on CNBC today.

Cell phones cause cancer? Think-tank fellow pooh-poohs that

Partial findings from a study on rats are reopening the debate on whether cell phones cause cancer. But Jeff Stier, senior fellow at the conservative think tank National Center for Public Policy Research, says it's too way early to sound the alarm.

"Nobody's exposed to that much cell phone, for that long, at the human equivalent," Stier told CNBC's "Power Lunch" Friday. "I'm going to keep my male rats away from cell phones, but it's not relevant to us."

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Health Insurers Find Back Door to Limit Choice
'Independent' drug effectiveness reports provide cover for insurer-driven coverage exclusions.

May 26, 2016  •  USA Today

Lost in the noise of political posturing over health care, there's one widely accepted principle: the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in medical decision-making.

Yet we've all heard stories where insurance companies won't fully cover a drug that both the doctor and patient believe is the right medical choice. Why not? It's pretty simple: the insurance companies don't want to pay.

As cutting edge drugs come to market, insurance companies are scrambling to find ways to justify not paying for them.

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