Episode 6: The (Lack of) “Better Care” Act and Threatening Cuts to Research Funding

Senate GOP just dropped the highly anticipated “Better Care Reconciliation Act” (read our latest Health on the Hill post about it here). Keifer and Ti break it down [1:19] before talking with Martha Streng, PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of Minnesota [27:46]. She discusses the threats of significant cuts to research funding under a Trump Administration and what effects it could have on the already shaky climate in academia, and sheds light on the dawn of a new era in neuroscience tech research.

Trump’s new budget proposal includes steep cuts to basic science research, and does not show any understanding of the relationship between basic and translational sciences. Martha argues that these cuts would be detrimental not only to advancing research on the treatment of disorders like schizophrenia, but to our comprehension of even the normal brain.

Episode 5: Single-Payer Healthcare and America’s Health Inequality Problem

This week, Keifer introduces a study in Health Affairs that shows the United States sinking behind the rest of the world in health equality, and how Americans perceive health as a function of wealth [1:55]. Keifer and Ti then discuss single-payer healthcare with Dr. Robert Zarr [6:38]. What are some misconceptions? How would “Medicare For All” look in America? Public and medical opinion about single-payer are evolving in the current political environment. What can you do and where can you go to learn more about it?

Dr. Zarr is a practicing pediatrician in Washington D.C. He is immediate past president of Physicians for a National Healthcare Program (PNHP) and past president of the D.C. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is the founder and director of Park Rx America for which he’s been profiled in NPR and the Washington Post. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health.

Episode 4: Sex n’ Drugs

Keifer and Ti are joined by classmate Misha Vadodaria to discuss the Fair Drug Pricing Act that was re-introduced in Congress this week. Ti takes the group to “Dinner @ the White House” [29:18] before playing “Fake News and Friends,” a quiz game about ridiculous news headlines. Finally, the group explores the data and rationale behind the wage gap between men and women in medicine [38:20].

Episode 3: Legalizing Midwives in Alabama and AHCA Moves to the Senate

This week, classmate and fellow Kathryn Petersen joins Keifer and Ti on the podcast to talk about new legislation that would allow certified professional midwives to practice in Alabama [1:22]. After playing Diagnostocracy’s new game, “Who Said It?” [19:46], the group breaks down the passing of the newly revised AHCA, its future in the Senate, and what you can do about the fundamental, political divide in the health care debate [23:10].

Episode 2: The March for Science and DO Day on Capitol Hill

This week on Diagnostocracy, Ti and Keifer welcome students Jennifer Fields and Jesse Aquino to review the March for Science and the inevitably partisan role of science in politics. Jennifer and Jesse then discuss their experience advocating health policy while at DO Day on Capitol Hill earlier this month.

Episode 1: The American Health Care Act and Court Battles Over Lethal Injection in Arkansas

Welcome to Diagnostocracy’s first podcast episode! Today Ti and Keifer introduce you to the pod. Then their fellow classmate, Leigh Graziano, joins them as they discuss the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the court battles happening in Arkansas over lethal injection.

Introduction Episode: Welcome to Diagnostocracy!

Keifer and Ti welcome you to the official blog of the Diagnostocracy podcast! Each week we’ll recap a few hot headlines in health policy with other students, physicians, issue advocates and special guests. Don’t have enough time to get through an entire episode? We’ll be putting out 5-minute Vitals episodes anytime something goes down in DC that we think is a need-to-know.

Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and to tune in on April 19 for our first episode. Take a few minutes to check out the blog, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and let us know what you think. Finally, if you subscribe to our blog, you will receive a “Weekly Differentials” email every week from Diagnostocracy.

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