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The House G.O.P. Health-Care Plan Is Harmful, Regressive, and Wrong

There are at least two ways to look at the American Health Care Act, the Obamacare-replacement proposal that House Republicans released on Monday. Looked at up close, it perhaps isn't quite as extreme, in some respects, as previous G.O.P. proposals. But if you step back and consider what enacting …

Trumpcare vs. Obamacare

Americans don’t want to lose the benefits they have gained, and Republicans are hearing about it.<p>The pitchforks are changing hands. In 2009, it was Democratic members of Congress supporting health-care reform who were set upon by outraged constituents. When they passed the Affordable Care Act …

CDC budget could be left with a massive hole to fill

Politics<p>Obamacare repeal and Trump’s spending plan put CDC budget in peril<p>W<p>ASHINGTON — Republicans are intent on repealing a public health fund …

If Trump's Medicare Chief Is Approved, You'll Need to Be on Your Best Behavior

Some years ago, surgeons in Australia were refusing to provide heart and lung surgeries to smokers, even those who needed the operations to stay …

The Immigration Ban And The Physician Workforce

The Executive Order restricting visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen has many legal, political, and moral …

Health Care

Americans Conflicted Over GOP Plans To Dump Obamacare

Last year, when presidential candidate Donald Trump hammered the Affordable Care Act as "a fraud," "a total disaster" and "very bad health insurance," many Americans seemed to agree with him.<p>Now that President Trump and fellow Republicans are attempting to keep their promise to get rid of the law, …

Health Care

Hospitals worry an ACA repeal could harm their financial health

<b>JUDY WOODRUFF:</b><p>Now what hospitals fear about the possible costs of repealing and replacing the health care law.<p>Efforts by President Trump and …

Health Care

Leaked Draft Shows GOP Plan Will Not Only Replace Obamacare, But Transform Medicaid

A leaked “discussion draft” of House Republicans’ Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill surfaced on Friday. The draft reveals important details about the plan being designed by House GOP leadership, details that weren’t available in a white paper published last week. The question remains: will the …

Health Care

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes

Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.<p>First, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health. His blood …

Insurance companies take the lead on Obamacare replacement ideas

If you want to know where Republicans find ideas to reform Obamacare, look no further than the private insurance companies.<p>As Republicans struggle to unify around a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, and at the same time attempt to keep insurance companies in state marketplaces, health …

Health Care

ACP Applauds Federal Appeals Court Decision Overturning Unconstitutional Florida Ban on Physicians Counseling Patients on Gun Safety | ACP Newsroom | ACP

Washington (February 17, 2017) The American College of Physicians (ACP) applauds Thursday’s federal appeals court decision that overturned a Florida …

Guns

An Estimated 52 Million Adults Have Pre-Existing Conditions That Would Make Them Uninsurable Pre-Obamacare

A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds that 52 million adults under 65 – or 27 percent of that population — have pre-existing health …

ObamaCare

Another Big Health Insurer Loosens Rules For Covering Addiction Treatment

Aetna, one of the nation's largest insurance companies, says that starting in March it will remove what's been a key barrier for patients seeking medication to treat their opioid addiction. The change will apply to all its private insurance plans, an Aetna spokeswoman confirmed. Aetna is the third …

Health Care

Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychotropic Drugs

The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday.<p>The new analysis, based on data from doctors’ office visits, suggests that …

Medicine

Poor women more likely to lose jobs during breast cancer treatment, study finds

In early 2013, Ayanna Kalasunas felt on top of the world. She’d just gotten engaged and was working in e-commerce operations at a Philadelphia-based …

Cancer

Trump Travel Ban Spotlights U.S. Dependence On Foreign-Born Doctors

Patients in Alexandria, La., were the friendliest people Dr. Muhammad Tauseef ever worked with. They'd drive long distances to see him, and often bring gifts.<p>"It's a small town, so they will sometimes bring you chickens, bring you eggs, bring you homemade cakes," he says.<p>One woman even brought him …

Immigration

Addiction Treatment Grew Under Health Law. Now What?

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Chad Diaz began using heroin when he was 12. Now 36 and newly covered by Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, he is on Suboxone, a substitute opioid that eases withdrawal symptoms and cravings, and he is slowly pulling himself together.<p>“This is the best my life has gone in …

Health Care

How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning

HOUSTON — It’s looking as if 2017 could become the year when the anti-vaccination movement gains ascendancy in the United States and we begin to see a reversal of several decades in steady public health gains. The first blow will be measles outbreaks in America.<p>Measles is one of the most contagious …

Public Health

Doctors struggle to recall patient interactions.

<i>The following is an excerpt from Danielle Ofri’s new book, What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear, out Tuesday.</i><p>Doctor-patient communication is a …

We have a vaccine for six cancers, so why are less than half of kids getting it?

A vaccine can curb the risk of six HPV-related cancers, but adoption of them has been slow and surprisingly low<p>Early in our careers, few of us imagined a vaccine could one day prevent cancer. Now there is a vaccine that keeps the risk of developing six Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers at …

A college student got liquid stitches and a bandage at the ER. Then he got a $2,783 bill.

Last summer, Matt Anderson cut his finger on a knife while doing dishes. He’s a college student, and his roommate, a biology major, suggested that he go to the emergency room. He had recently used the same knife to cut raw meat and thought Anderson’s finger might get infected.<p>Anderson estimates he …

Insurers shouldn’t be able to force you to change medications midyear, some states say

When she was 12, Logan began having suicidal thoughts. She started cutting herself and withdrew from her friends. She went from being a straight-A …

Senators Now On The Front Line

Once, with me, you chose dignity, stewardship, and judgment – not the party line – as your guides.<p>I am heartened by the opposition of Senators Murkowski and Collins to the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. I hope that signals more independence ahead. For me, personally, there is …

U.S. patients have lower mortality rates with foreign-trained doctors | Reuters

(Reuters Health) - U.S. patients may have lower mortality rates if their doctors were trained at foreign medical schools rather than at American universities, a recent study suggests.<p>Researchers examined data for more than 1.2 million hospitalizations handled by general internists at U.S. hospitals …

Medicine

Trump loses backbone on drug prices. Is there a pill for that?

Amid all the kerfuffle in the last week over immigration, the Supreme Court, Iran and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s TV ratings, too little attention was paid to an extraordinary meeting at the White House at which President Trump reneged on a campaign promise and sold out millions of “forgotten” …

Pharma

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 …

Repeal of health law could mean women pay more for less

WASHINGTON (AP) — From a return to higher premiums based on gender, to gaps in coverage for birth control and breast pumps, experts say women could …

Health Care