The Washington Post — ‘Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care,’ GOP lawmaker says. He got booed.
Conservative Republican congressman, Rep. Raúl R. Labrador, from Idaho is drawing criticism for his response to a town-hall attendee’s concerns about how his party’s health-care bill would affect Medicaid recipients. “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care,” he said. Audience boos ensued. Studies have drawn connections between lack of access to health care and mortality rate. A 2009 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that 45,000 deaths annually were linked to lack of health coverage, and that uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of dying than their insured counterparts.

Politico — Obama urges ‘political courage’ to save Affordable Care Act
Citing those who lost their seats after voting for the healthcare law in 2010, Obama described his “fervent hope” that current members “recognize it takes little courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential — but it takes some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm, those who often have no access to the corridors of power.”

USA Today — Kids’ inactivity rises, creating ‘health care time bomb’
The percent of children aged six to 12 who were physically active three or more times a week had its biggest drop in five years and is now under 25%, new data show. Making matters worse, households with incomes under $50,000 have much higher rates of inactivity than families making more than $75,000 annually, an analysis by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association and PHIT America found.

On Milwaukee — Community leaders: Public officials ignoring ‘public health crisis’
The City of Milwaukee Water Quality Task Force recently approved 20 recommendations to address lead service lines, which deliver water from city water mains to private properties. About 70,000 homes are still serviced by lead lines. The lead service lines bring the toxic metal into the homes’ water. But there is mistrust among some community members toward the public officials behind the task force. Lead poisoning has been a persistent problem in Milwaukee, the effects of which have been concentrated in impoverished central city neighborhoods.

The Huffington Post — We need to treat gun violence like a public health problem
Gun violence spreads much like a disease epidemic. Research suggests that gun violence spreads much like a disease epidemic, and therefore treating this issue like a public health problem, rather than a criminal justice or legislative problem, is both appropriate and effective. Researchers from Harvard and Yale Universities recently conducted an analysis of 138,000 individuals who had been arrested in Chicago, Illinois between 2006 and 2014. Using the same type of infectious disease model that often predicts contagion, the researchers determined that social contagion – as measured by the frequency and duration of exposure to gun violence – accounted for two-thirds of the 11,000 shooting episodes studied. That is, the more frequently someone was exposed to gun violence, the more likely they were to perpetrate it themselves; conversely, the more distant the exposure, the less likely they were to commit an act of violence.