Editor's note

The House of Representatives narrowly passed a patched-up version of the Republican’s American Health Care Act on Thursday. The vote is being seen as a political victory for President Donald Trump but what will the new bill mean for people’s health if it’s approved by the Senate?

Simon Haeder of West Virginia University focuses on the very American problem of insuring people with pre-existing conditions: “while most other industrialized nations have long resolved the issue equitably, the U.S. continues to struggle with it.” And health finance scholar J. B. Silvers of Case Western dissects the reasons why health insurance became so complicated in the first place.

Though it’s currently on hold, there’s one part of Obamacare that may still survive: a rule requiring that restaurants include calories on their menus. But does that number contain all the information you need to make a healthy decision? Evidence suggests that Americans wildly underestimate the amount of sodium in their meals. Perhaps we should consider including that data next to our food and drink choices.

And dive into the minds of U.S. enemies, from Saddam Hussein to Kim Jong Un, UConn’s Stephen Dyson research on profiling leaders explains why empathy (not sympathy) is our greatest defense.

Lynne Anderson

Senior Editor, Health & Medicine

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Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) speaks to reporters outside the White House on May 3, 2017 after a meeting with the president on proposed legislation that could limit coverage for preexisting conditions. Susan Walsh/AP

How pre-existing conditions became front and center in health care vote

Simon Haeder, West Virginia University

How preexisting conditions came to be a condition for passage of the Republicans' health care law is a complicated tale. Insurers created the cost-saving technique, excluding millions over the years.

Health + Medicine

Politics + Society

  • What makes Kim Jong Un tick?

    Stephen Benedict Dyson, University of Connecticut

    A scholar who has profiled the likes of Saddam Hussein and Vladimir Putin says there is a method to understanding the madness.

Economy + Business

  • Rewriting NAFTA has serious implications beyond just trade

    Jessica Trisko Darden, American University School of International Service

    President Trump wants to renegotiate or eliminate NAFTA because of its impact on U.S. trade, but the accord is also a cornerstone of continental cooperation on security issues as well.

Science + Technology

Arts + Culture

Ethics + Religion

  • Who are Jehovah's Witnesses?

    Mathew Schmalz, College of the Holy Cross

    There are over eight million Jehovah's Witnesses in 240 countries worldwide. They have no political affiliations and they renounce violence. However, they have been easy targets for many governments.

Environment + Energy

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