Sylvia Burwell’s fight against opioid abuse deserves bipartisan support

Although she stands at the center of the polarized debate on the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is looking for “common ground” initiatives that she can accomplish before Barack Obama’s presidency ends. One is to reduce deaths from painkiller addiction and overdose — a goal that should command universal enthusiasm.


Missouri legislators cut benefits for the poor, not for themselves

Talk about having your priorities upside down in the Missouri General Assembly. Legislative leaders wrapped up the first half of their session celebrating bills that could potentially cancel welfare benefits for more than 20,000 of the state’s poorest citizens, two-thirds of them children. But lawmakers have made no progress on limiting handouts for themselves in the form of campaign contributions and lobbyist gifts.

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