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first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away However, the guys at ProFootballFocus.com think Carter is muchbetter than the stats would indicate, tabbing him as a“Secret Superstar” heading into 2012.Considering his seamless transition, looking completely athome in the heart of the Cardinals’ defense, you wouldhave been excused for thinking that when the Cardinalslost Dan Williams to injury Carter would have vaulted intoa starting slot. As it happened, Arizona made the somewhatpuzzling decision of replacing Williams-lost to a brokenleft arm-with Nick Eason. The former Steeler had beenplaying as a reserve defensive end for the Cardinals butwas vaulted ahead of Carter into the starting lineup atnose tackle. This left Carter in the same role he hadoccupied behind Williams, but rather than gettingdownhearted at being passed up by a journeyman, he kepthis head down and maintained his early-season form.His late-season form, however, is what should haveCardinal fans excited as he put in his best games in rundefense against the 49ers, Browns, and Bengals during thefinal month of the season. In that trio of games, Cartertook advantage of some favorable matchups to record halfof his defensive stops from the season (five of his 10) inthose three games. Carter made three tackles for lossesagainst the AFC North pairings, but perhaps moreimpressive was the way in which he got the better ofJonathan Goodwin of the 49ers, one of the better runblocking centers in the league. In truth, Carter may still find it tough to get consistentplaying time. The Cardinals still have veterans DarnellDockett and Calais Campbell, and are pleased with thedevelopment and recovery of Williams, a first-round pickin 2010. And, it’s worth noting, Williams was a ‘secret superstar’ last season, sobeing listed among these ranks does not guarantee success.But at the very least one should feel optimistic, as theCardinals’ defensive line — with the names you know andsome you may not — could end up being one of the NFL’sbest. 0 Comments   Share   If you asked people which young player was going tobreakout and become a star for the Arizona Cardinals, thenames that would come up would be Patrick Peterson,Michael Floyd and Daryl Washington, among others.One name you likely wouldn’t hear — at least early in theconversation — is David Carter. The defensive lineman was taken in the sixth round of the2011 NFL Draft out of UCLA, and had a solid season,tallying 16 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in areserve role. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Well that all sounds great, doesn’t it? Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

Viewpoints The Role Of HighPriced Drugs In The Nations Health Care Spending

first_img Whenever a health insurer announces that it will be requesting significant premium increases in the coming year, it’s guaranteed to generate news stories that are waved triumphantly by conservatives as proof that the Affordable Care Act is a failure and, just as they predicted, premiums are skyrocketing because the government is messing around in health care. (Paul Waldman, 7/28) There’s one especially eye-catching number in a new report by Medicare actuaries about U.S. healthcare spending: 12.6%. That’s the leap in prescription drug spending last year over the year before. How sharp an increase is it? It was five times as much as the increase for 2013 over 2012, which was a mere 2.5%. (Michael Hiltzik, 7/28) Viewpoints: The Role Of High-Priced Drugs In The Nation’s Health Care Spending; Ushering In A New Age Of Preventive Health Care A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. The New York Times’ The Upshot: Health Spending Forecast: No Drastic Rise, But Slowdown Seems Over Los Angeles Times: Covered California’s Good News On Premium Hikes Comes With Trade-Offs Twenty-five years ago, America took a bold leap toward becoming a more perfect union when we rejected the old prejudices that restricted people with disabilities to institutions, isolation and exclusion from American life. In enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, our nation embraced the idea that all Americans should be able to participate fully in our society. The ADA guarantees equal access for Americans with disabilities to education, jobs, health care, transportation, housing, polling places and other public places such as restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues. (Barbara McQuade, 7/28) The Washington Post’s Plum Line: Here’s Some More Good News About Obamacare. Too Bad It Won’t Dent The Debate. The Wall Street Journal: How To Usher In A New Era Of Preventive Health Care Los Angeles Times: How A Hugely Overpriced Hepatitis Drug Helped Drive Up U.S. Health Spending center_img Laboratory tests drive 70% of all clinical decisions in health care. They’re used to determine whether a patient should start taking medication and, if so, which one. They help doctors decide whether a patient should undergo medical procedures or be admitted to the hospital. And they’re used to identify an individual’s risk of developing health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. (Elizabeth Holmes, 7/28) The Detroit Free Press: A Look At ADA’s Lasting Impact In Metro Detroit New projections by federal government actuaries suggest that the nation’s five-year run of tiny increases in health care spending is coming to an end. The projections released on Tuesday estimate that health spending will average 5.8 percent a year through 2024, higher than the 4 percent annual growth measured between 2007 and 2013. That means health spending will be growing faster than is expected for the overall economy, but it isn’t expected to grow as fast as it did in the years before the Great Recession. (Margot Sanger-Katz, 7/29) Why is it that Americans seem to be the only people on the planet who live their lives as though death were an optional event? For many of us who have worked for years helping families and clinicians grapple with difficult choices in “shared decision making,” we’ve been challenged by that convention despite the evidence that 75 percent of us claim that preparing a living will and appointing a health care proxy are critically important. Yet fewer than one-third of us do anything to make it happen. Perhaps it’s our willing adherence to myths, most notably our believing that when the time comes, we’ll know, and we’ll have time to get our affairs in order, making our wishes known. This “just in time” approach may be comforting but, in reality, it’s magical thinking. For most of us, the “right time” never comes, but the crisis does. Believing in a scenario that we’ll luck into a peaceful passing without ever having so much as an uncomfortable conversation with anyone doesn’t support the reality that 80 percent of us will eventually rely on a proxy to make decisions for us. (John G. Carney, 7/29) The Kansas City Star: How Do We Prepare For The Realities Of Dying? This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The 2010 federal healthcare reform law made it easier for millions of Americans to obtain insurance coverage, but it didn’t stop the cost of that coverage from rising considerably faster than inflation. So it was a welcome surprise Monday when officials at Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, announced that the average premiums for individual policies in 2016 would be only about 4% higher than they are this year, and only about 2% higher in Los Angeles County. Mixed in with the good news for consumers, though, were some trade-offs that won’t make everyone happy. The announcement offers lessons for consumers and policymakers, not all of which are easy to stomach. (7/28) last_img read more