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Viewpoints: Obamacare A ‘Hispanic Success Story’; Another Day In Court For Health Law Challengers

Los Angeles Times: If Health Care Usage Is Surging, Where Are The Health Care Jobs
It makes obvious sense to attribute the surge to the Affordable Care Act, which kicked into full gear in the January-March period measured by the Bureau of Economic Analysis figures. Yet health care experts are pondering the figure with suspicion and perplexity. Among the questions they're asking is: If health care spending is rising so fast, why is health care job growth flat? (Michael Hiltzik, 5/5). 

USA Today: Obamacare A Hispanic Success Story: Column
Talk about seeing the glass half-empty. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services released statistics on the racial and ethnic breakdown of Affordable Care Act sign-ups, generating a slew of negative headlines. "Obamacare's Hispanic enrollment is low," said The Washington Post. And the National Journal weighed in with "Why Hispanics didn't get Obamacare" (Raul Reyes, 5/5).

Richmond Times-Dispatch: An Origination Question For The ACA
If the president wants to witness a refutation of his assertion that the survival of the Affordable Care Act is assured, come Thursday he should stroll the 13 blocks from his office to the nation’s second-most important court, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. There he can hear an argument involving yet another constitutional provision that evidently has escaped his notice. It is the Origination Clause, which says: “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other bills” (George F. Will, 5/6).

The Denver Post:  Caldwell: Flimsy Evidence Of A 'Gun Grab' In Mental Health Bill
You have to wonder whether the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners got bored this legislative session without any high-profile Second Amendment issues to take on. That may be an explanation for them having labeled a bill about mental health issues a "gun grab." Connecting this bill to gun ownership rights is like playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- you know, the parlor game that posits any human on the planet is no more than six acquaintances from the actor (Caldwell, 5/5).

The Washington Post: Time Is Short To Address Antibiotic Resistance
The World Health Organization came out last week with a warning that resistance to antibiotics has become a “major threat to public health.” Bacteria are evolving so rapidly that antibiotics -- those wonder drugs that revolutionized health care -- are, in many cases, losing their power and infections are becoming untreatable. In the latest report, which is far from the first warning, the WHO found the problem has touched every region of the world (5/5).

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