Bloomberg TV – Obama’s Ebola Proposal Is `Bold, Comprehensive’: Benjamin
Dr. Georges C Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, discusses the efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa with Bloomberg’s Mark Crumpton on “Bottom Line.”

ABC News – Last Person Completes Ebola Monitoring in Texas
The final person in Texas being monitored for Ebola has passed the virus’s 21-day incubation period, marking the end of the state’s Ebola crisis.
None of the 177 people who had contact with the state’s Ebola patients — Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, and two of the Dallas nurses who cared for him, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson — have contracted Ebola, state officials said. The list included health care workers, people who shared the same households as the Ebola patients and other community contacts.

HealthDay News – Premature Births Down in U.S., But Rates Still High, Reports Say
Preterm births in the United States fell to 11.4 percent in 2013, the lowest rate in 17 years, the March of Dimes reported Thursday.
And an unrelated U.S. study finds more good news: Since 2005, the rate of preterm deliveries has declined consistently each year for the first time in more than two decades.
However, experts hope to see the number of premature births fall even lower.

The Washington Post – How the soda industry met its match in one of America’s most liberal cities
On Tuesday, voters in Berkeley, Calif. passed the country’s first soda tax with a whopping 75 percent of the vote, a big defeat for the beverage industry, which had poured millions of dollars into blocking the tax.
In a campaign year when control of the Senate was at stake and states across the country were voting on marijuana legalization, the beverage industry’s attention was focused on Berkeley.

The New York Times – A Post-Election Day Certainty: New Scrutiny for the Affordable Care Act
This week’s elections ensure a new round of political attacks on the Affordable Care Act, but they also create potential opportunities to repair provisions of the law that people on both sides of the partisan divide would like to fix.
With the shift in power in the Senate, Republicans can turn up the heat on the White House, which has dismissed as political stunts repeated House votes to repeal the law.
Republican leadership aides in the Senate and the House said that a few more such votes were likely because many of the new Republican lawmakers had vowed in their campaigns to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. President Obama said Wednesday that he would oppose changes that “undermine the structure of the law” or “take away health care from the 10 million people who now have it and the millions more who are eligible to get it.”