Tuesday, June 15

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The True Scope of Vaccine Passports
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The True Scope of Vaccine Passports

By: Adam Messinger & Brendan O'Reilly After a year of shutdowns, restrictions, and isolation, there is no denying that the level of travel demand, both domestically and internationally, is at an unprecedented high. Individuals of all age groups are itching to escape to destinations far and wide, with 82 percent of American families planning to travel in 2021, according to research reported in Travel Pulse. However, COVID-19 has revolutionized how individuals and businesses travel. With nations still imposing various restrictions on the specific individuals that can cross their borders, a new type of “passport” is being developed to allow safe travel while the global vaccination campaign continues to ramp up. Commonly known as the “vaccine passport,” an increasing number of count...
The Future of American Healthcare
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The Future of American Healthcare

By: Matthew Jean-Mary Regardless of political leaning, many Americans believe financing for healthcare in the United States of America will likely have to change in the near future. As it currently stands, the United States spends more money on healthcare than any other country in the world. However, this is greatly deceiving because the United States is not reaping the results achieved by other developed countries. It has been shown that -- on average -- U.S. citizens visit primary care physicians less frequently than other nations despite the fact that U.S. adults typically have greater health needs and demands (U.S. Health Care from a Global Perspective, 2019 | Commonwealth Fund). Intel from the Commonwealth Fund survey indicates that U.S. adults lack the income to pay for physician...
Why Marijuana Legalization Evades Us
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Why Marijuana Legalization Evades Us

By: Rohan Upadhyay The debate over legalizing marijuana has become a hot-button and commonly debated issue in the past few years since Colorado legalized weed in 2012. Regardless of one’s personal stance, we should acknowledge that representatives in Washington are not having an honest conversation about how best to reduce drug abuse. The simple truth is that the “War on Drugs” is a product of corruption and didn’t come from actually trying to resolve the drug problem. We must address that, since it began in 1971 under President Nixon, the War on Drugs has not significantly reduced drug abuse in this country. Rather, it’s the opposite — drug abuse and drug-related deaths have risen since the 1970s (source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute on Drug A...
How COVID-19 Exposed America’s Healthcare System
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How COVID-19 Exposed America’s Healthcare System

By: Rohan Upadhyay America can’t catch a break with COVID-19. People stay home to avoid getting sick, so they can’t pay the bills and risk getting evicted. If people can’t stay home, then they’re more at risk of getting infected. And even protesting to change eviction policies puts people at risk of catching COVID-19 as people gather in large groups. On top of that, when people get laid off, they lose their health insurance. Just what you need in a pandemic. Healthcare is tied to Employment — Bad Idea In the US, people mainly get health insurance through their employers. If you lose your job, you lose your health insurance. If you’re in between jobs, you’re not covered. Normally, this isn’t too noticeable. But this year, we saw a recession with over a million jobless ...
Platzspitz Park: The Key to the Opioid Crisis?
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Platzspitz Park: The Key to the Opioid Crisis?

By: Trevor Jones Heroin users at Platzspitz Park, June 1990 Drug use, especially the opioid crisis, is one of the most prominent public health issues in the United States today. According to drugabuse.gov, a government-run site detailing the data about drug abuse in the United States, over 47,000 people die every year due to opioid overdose. The same webpage also states that 1,700,000 American citizens suffer from prescription opioid-related substance abuse disorders, as well as 652,000 with a heroin use disorder. While there is potential for these latter two statistics to overlap, the magnitude of these numbers is still alarming. Not only have I seen the effects of substance abuse in my own life, but many of my new classmates that I have met over the last semester have had similar ...
Want a Student Loan? Now’s the Time!
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Want a Student Loan? Now’s the Time!

The U.S. economy has drastically changed ever since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses shuttered, teleworking at an all time high, are all part of the “new normal” we are living through. The lack of economic growth has called for the Federal government to enact very low interest rates in order to spur economic growth and prevent an economic crisis like we had in 2008. What do low interest rates mean? The cost of borrowing any money is now extremely low compared to before because the government wants people to borrow money to spur economic growth. This low interest rate includes student loans, which intrigues a large percentage of the Vanderbilt student body. The interest rates on student loans is at a rate of  2.75%, much lower than a typical rate in any other year. Rate...