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Today in Obamacare: Atul Gawande explains why Obamacare repeal is terrible for science

The unintended effects of an ACA repeal on disease research.<p>It’s not just patients: researchers are worried about the fate of the preexisting conditions clause<p>Republicans have promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (precise plans, TBD). And there’s rightfully lots of worry about the …

Health Care

The opioid epidemic could turn into a pandemic if we’re not careful

The scourge of opioid addiction in the United States was one of the most talked-about issues during the campaign cycle — often panned as a devastating failure of the U.S. medical system.<p>But painting opioid addiction as a uniquely American phenomenon ignores the mounting evidence that opioid abuse …

Medicine

Health Insurers Say They Don't Want To Go Back To Being The Bad Guys

President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders have been working to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And the millions of Americans who have health insurance through the Obamacare marketplaces aren't the only ones wondering about their fate. Leaders of insurance companies are, …

Health Care
Health Care

Looking for a really good Obamacare replacement? Here it is

Supporters of healthcare reform may feel disheartened as<p>President Trumpand Republican lawmakers prepare to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with … well, something. They can’t even agree among themselves on what the U.S. healthcare system should look like.<p>But there's reason for hope, …

Why Republican efforts to "repair" Obamacare are doomed to fail

They have a new buzzword but still no plan.<p>Republicans have a new idea on the path forward for the Affordable Care Act. Or, rather, in lieu of a new idea they have a new buzzword: repair.<p>It was suggested to them not by a health policy guru but by Frank Luntz, a prominent Republican consultant who …

Health Care

A drug company hiked the price of a lifesaving opioid overdose antidote by 500 percent

Where’s the outrage?<p>In 1971, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug that could reverse a heroin or opioid overdose. More than 40 years later, makers of this drug, called naloxone, are cashing in on the nation’s opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic and price-gouging …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Why Trump’s “America First” Policy Is Doomed to Fail

The two words came eight minutes into President Trump’s Inaugural Address, and were delivered with the now-familiar gesticulations. “America first,” he declared, his right arm bouncing with each word, his index finger and thumb pinched together, followed by an exclamatory point of the finger: …

Geopolitics

The Strange Mental Quirk That’s Endangering the Public’s Health

“Actions have consequences,” as the saying goes. Inaction, by contrast, is a mostly neutral state of being—or so it often seems in our mind’s eye.<p>We …

Cyber-attacks

Patients Are Ditching Opioid Pills for Weed

Can marijuana help solve the opioid epidemic?<p>James Feeney, a surgeon in Connecticut, heard it from his patients. A few actually turned down his prescription for oxycodone, the popular opioid painkiller that has also gained notoriety with the opioid epidemic. His patients, Feeney recalls, would say, …

Medicine