With this issue of The Milbank Quarterly, we introduce a new Op-Ed section that we hope will stimulate conversation and add value to the complicated nexus of health care, population health, and public health policy.
By Howard Markel
Our new Op-Ed section features eight of the best minds currently working to improve the public's health. In this issue, they tackle the subjects of government regulation of diet, the perils of health care nostalgia, insurance payments for family planning, and Medicare physician payment reform.
Our lead article documents the intertwined history of Big Tobacco and marijuana legalization. Making adept use of the UCSF Legacy Tobacco Documents Library collection, the article reveals Big Tobacco's long-standing interest in getting in the "pot business."
By Rachel Ann Barry, Heikki Hiilamo, and Stanton A. Glantz
As one of the first states to legalize marijuana, Colorado is "a testing ground for this experiment in marijuana legalization." John W. Hickenlooper, governor of Colorado, provides an "on the ground" commentary on the realities of these new policy dilemmas.
By Governor John W. Hickenlooper