The Government and Research: A Co-dependent Relationship

From October 1st to the 17th, the US government shut down most of its administrative functions as a result of Congressional failure to pass a funding bill for the 2014 fiscal year. During those sixteen days, the Anti-Deficiency Act prohibited federal employees from “making or authorizing an expenditure from, or creating or authorizing an obligation under, any appropriation or fund in …

The True Essence of Scientific Research

On April 18th, 2013, Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, demonstrated complete ignorance of the nature of scientific research. As Chairman of the committee, Rep. Smith oversees a body that holds broad jurisdiction over all legislation related to energy, the environment, and nuclear research. This committee funds the creation and research of agencies such …

Striving for Scientific Integrity

It is far too easy to alter and dismiss scientific findings because of political pressure. US policy continues to struggle with the integration of scientific integrity within national issues. A dedication to accurate reporting of findings, along with a promise of policy guided by science, is crucial to repairing a flawed system. At the Science Debate 2012, President Obama reaffirmed …

Health Insurance Reform in Obama’s Affordable Care Act

After President Obama’s re-election, stakeholders in the healthcare industry have begun to realize that many of the reforms within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA) are here to stay for the next four years and well beyond. The overarching goals of the legislation are to decrease the number of uninsured Americans and to reduce healthcare costs, …

Precarious Preparations: The Advent of Affordable Care

Arguably the most important and polarizing policy issue of the Obama administration’s first term, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 – known together as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – will define the president’s time in office for the next four years. The law is set to become …

Obama’s second term: Where the US stands on science policy

To mark the beginning of his second term as America’s President, The Triple Helix Online will be writing about the future of Barack Obama’s science policy. Through the rest of January, our staff writers will explore issues spanning healthcare reform, drug policy, and energy independence. Shortly after he took office in early 2009, Mr. Obama announced that his policies would …