Analysis, discussion and opinions by members of Newsday's editorial board.

Bessent: Congress needs to keep an eye on compounding pharmacies

Vials of the injectable steroid product made by

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Few people heard of “compounding pharmacies” before a meningitis outbreak killed 64 people a year ago. The disease was traced to a tainted, injectable steroid medication shipped across the country from a mold and fungus infested facility outside Boston where it was mass produced without federal oversight.

Thanks to a gap in the law the New England Compounding Center’s operation was perfectly...

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Uberti: GOP obstruction on Obamacare only hurts Americans

Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during

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Capitol Hill’s “repeal and replace” crowd gloated over the White House’s decision Tuesday to put a one-year hold on Obamacare’s controversial employer mandate.

The Obama administration “seems to slowly be admitting what Americans already know,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.

“Even the Obama administration knows the ‘train wreck’ will only get worse,” said...

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Bessent: Detroit needs help just like municipalities around the nation

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announces he will appoint

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The city of Detroit has been on the skids for decades, and Friday it finally tumbled into the financial abyss. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced he would appoint an emergency manager to take over the city’s troubled finances.

A booming auto industry hub of 1.8 million people in the 1950s, Detroit now has just 700,000 residents. With boarded-up homes, darkened streets, high crime, inadequate...

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Bessent: What will the future of health care look like?

North Shore-LIJ President and CEO Michael Dowling speaks

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The way health care is delivered is changing fast, and the transformation will accelerate over the next decade.

Where Long islanders go for medical care, who provides it and how its paid for won’t be the same.

Some hospitals may close as they lose their place as the center of the health care universe. Outpatient, ambulatory treatment centers, will become the place to go for many routine,...

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