Detailing The Harms: The Senate Plan’s Victims; What About Kindness?

Topping opinion writers’ list of harms is the 22 million people who would lose their insurance coverage, but they don’t stop there. Lexington Herald Leader: McConnell Health-Care Bill Is Kind To A Very FewThe massive redistribution of wealth from poor to rich that’s masquerading as a health-care bill in the U.S. Senate is even more …

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Parsing The Politics: Mitch McConnell’s ‘Misery’; Is It Time ‘Tear Up’ The Bill And ‘Start Over’?

Editorial pages examine the political dynamics at work behind the Senate GOP’s now delayed effort to bring a health bill up for a vote. The Washington Post: The Health-Care Debate We’re Missing Amid All Those MemesThe Senate health-care bill, which was scuttled Tuesday until after July 4, was doomed by two narratives: Republicans are mean, …

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Perspectives: A Drug Seen As Epitome Of Personalized Medicine Was Just Approved By FDA

Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues. Stat: Landmark FDA Approval Bolsters Personalized MedicineOur understanding of cancer has been morphing from a tissue-specific disease — think lung cancer or breast cancer — to a disease characterized more by specific genes or biomarkers than by location. A recent FDA decision underscores that transition and further opens the …

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That Scary, Long List Of Side Effects In Drug Ads? It May Not Be Long For This World

News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing. Stat: Could You Do With Fewer Side Effects On Drug Ads? You May Soon Be In LuckBut now, the Food and Drug Administration is considering whether bombarding consumers with every last potential side effect might be overkill. The agency, which approves prescription drugs and oversees how …

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State Highlights: Ala.’s Psychiatric Care Of Inmates Cruel And Unusual, Judge Rules; Suit Filed Against La. Abortion Regulation

Media outlets report on news from Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, California and Kansas. The Associated Press: Judge: Alabama Inmates’ Mental Care ‘Horrendously’ LackingAlabama’s psychiatric care of state inmates is so “horrendously inadequate” that it violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, a federal judge ruled Tuesday as he ordered the state to …

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More Than 100 Patients Ended Lives Under California’s New Aid-In-Dying Law Last Year

The majority, or 58.6 percent, of those who sought the drugs suffered from cancer. The Associated Press: State: 111 Terminally Ill End Lives Under New California LawCalifornia health officials reported Tuesday that 111 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in the first six months after a 2016 law made the option legal …

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How to Be Mindful by the Grill

June 28, 2017 Meditation for Real Life By DAVID GELLES “Whether it’s the warmth of the sunshine on our back, the sound of the food sizzling on the grill, or the sweet smell of spice wafting in the breeze, cooking outdoors can be a magical affair. With such a rich environment for our senses, grilling …

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For Millennials, Both Good And Bad News In Senate’s GOP Health Bill

Darlin Kpangbah receives free health insurance through Medicaid and is grateful for the coverage in case of accidents, such as when she tore a ligament in her leg a few years ago. “I feel like I’m injury-prone,” said Kpangbah, 20, who lives in Sacramento, Calif. Without insurance, she said, the injury “would’ve been huge to …

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Hospitals Ramp Up Hyperbaric Therapy For Diabetics, Despite Concerns

The Villages Regional Hospital did not sweat its decision to add hyperbaric oxygen therapy in 2013. Hyperbaric treatment, increasingly given to diabetics — many of them elderly with persistent wounds — involves breathing pure oxygen inside a pressurized air chamber typically for two hours each weekday, often for more than a month. Twenty outpatient sessions can …

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Scenes From Capitol Hill: Doubts, Dissent Over Health Care Bill Rescue July 4 Holiday

WHEN Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell broke the news Tuesday afternoon, all the nervous buildup around the Senate health care bill vanished faster than a sticky, summer day in Washington, D.C. after a thunderstorm. Could McConnell really push the bill through the Senate before senators left town for the holiday? How many senators were balking …

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Senate GOP Leaders Say They Will Put Off Health Plan Vote Until After The July 4th Recess

Jun 27 2017 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had hoped to bring the bill to the floor for a vote before the upcoming break, but support for the bill faltered within his own party. He now plans to make changes to the measure that will shore up the support of the reluctant members of …

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Analysis: Mitch McConnell Plans to Hide Trumpcare’s Pain Until After Midterms

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is well aware of the political peril of taking health benefits away from millions of voters. He also knows the danger of reneging on the pledge that helped make him the majority leader: to repeal Obamacare. Caught between those competing realities, McConnell’s bill offers a solution: go ahead and repeal …

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Patient Voices: Thyroid Disease

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Viewpoints: The Heat Of Health Care Rhetoric; The Link Between Access To Care And Curbing Opioids

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Bloomberg: Hot Rhetoric Is OK For Liberals, And For MeOver the weekend Hillary Clinton tweeted that if Republicans pass the health-care bill, they should be called “the death party.” Senator Bernie Sanders had his own tweet …. Republicans denounced these remarks. … My own …

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Outlook From The States: Concern For The Health Care Safety Net; Criticism For The GOP Senate Plan

Editorial pages across the country offer strongly worded cautions about the current direction of the health care debate and how the current policy debate would play out in their respective areas. San Antonio Press-Express: An Awful Health Care Bill From SenateThis bill is bad for Texas and bad for the country. A Congressional Budget Office …

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Issues And Answers: How The Senate GOP’s Better Care Act Changes Medicaid And The Individual Insurance Market

Editorial writers and columnists analyze a variety of policy proposals advanced in the current Senate plan. The Washington Post: Want To Know The Worst Thing About The GOP’S Health-Care Bill?The official numbers on the Senate health-care bill are in, and they are grim: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found Monday that the Better Care Reconciliation …

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Political Points And Counter Points: What’s At Stake As GOP Senators Face A Health Plan Vote

Opinion writers contemplate the cost-benefit analysis Republican senators are confronting. Many have for years dreamed of the chance to unravel Obamacare, but the Congressional Budget Office analysis offers some damning reasons to think twice before supporting it. The New York Times: A Vote Of Conscience And CourageThis week, these senators will face a career-defining choice. …

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State Highlights: Boston Children’s Hospital Snags Top Ranking In Report; Ariz. Governor Targets Planned Parenthood Funding

Media outlets report on news out of Arizona, California and Ohio. USA Today: Best Children’s Hospitals Ranked By U.S. News & World ReportAn annual report by U.S. News & World Report ranks the nation’s top 50 children’s medical centers by 10 pediatric categories including cancer, neurology, diabetes and endocrinology. U.S. News has ranked children’s hospitals since 2006, …

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Pharmacist Sentenced To 9 Years For Role In Deadly Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

The outbreak, which was tied to the New England Compounding Center, caused at least 64 deaths. The New York Times: Pharmacist Gets 9-Year Prison Term In Deadly Meningitis OutbreakThe tainted injection left Rachelle Shuff with pain that requires 15 medications to manage and, she said, perhaps only two years to live. Scott Shaw and Anna …

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Already At A Higher Risk For Addiction, Patients With Mental Disorders Get Bulk Of Opioid Prescriptions

The study could help redirect efforts toward curbing the opioid epidemic. The Washington Post: Greater Opioid Use And Mental Health Disorders Are Linked In A New StudyA new study suggests that people with anxiety and depression are consuming a disproportionate share of prescription painkillers, a finding that could add a new wrinkle to the epidemic …

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