The Atlantic – The tax bill is a health bill

For the first time in U.S. history, the leading association of psychiatrists has condemned a tax bill. They are not alone among doctors. In a joint statement this month, the American Psychiatric Association, American College of Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, voiced stern opposition to the Republican tax proposal.

Newsweek – World AIDS Day 2017 theme, facts and events: everything you need to know

Today is World AIDS Day and, though the number of new HIV infections in the United States has declined since 2010 —and the number of worldwide deaths from AIDS has gone down by 50 percent since 2005—there are still more than 36 million people around the world who are living with AIDS, according to the World Health Organization.

New York Times – Without Obamacare mandate, ‘you open the floodgates’ for skimpy health plans

The drive by Senate Republicans to repeal the requirement that most Americans have health insurance is not only likely to discourage people from signing up for coverage during the current enrollment period, but also could result in higher premiums.

Vermont Public Radio – How the loss of US psychiatric hospitals led to a mental health crisis

A severe shortage of inpatient care for people with mental illness is amounting to a public health crisis, as the number of individuals struggling with a range of psychiatric problems continues to rise.