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Trump prattles on about making GOP ‘the party of great health care,’ but Republicans have no such plan
USA Today

Ever since the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Republicans have been hellbent on either repealing the measure in Congress or striking it down in courts.

Their latest effort to strip millions of Americans of their health coverage, which the Trump administration joined this week with a legal brief calling for the entire ACA’s demise, combines the two approaches.

It reasons that if Congress can repeal a tiny portion of the law, which it did by ending penalties for those without insurance, sympathetic judges would then repeal the rest, which has happened at the district court level in Texas.  Call it what it is: a tag-team assault on the ACA by conservatives in Congress and in robes. 

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Getting rid of Obamacare would be a headache for Trump
CNN.com

This country is stuck with Obamacare. Republicans can’t find the votes to repeal or replace it. Democrats can’t agree on how to make it better. President Donald Trump just wants to move on from it. But it’s so ingrained at this point that if the courts suddenly end it, it could completely disrupt the US health insurance system — and not just for people who buy insurance on the exchanges created by the law.

If you have health insurance or you at some point would like to have health insurance, what happens to Obamacare will affect you.

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Repeal, but not replace?: Today’s Toon
USA Today

What’s the replacement plan for Obamacare? Take a look at today’s cartoon from Mike Thompson for his view. Don’t stop there. Look through the rest for more laughs.

In fact, on this page, you’ll find a bevy of cartoon galleries produced by artists throughout the USA TODAY Network and from Cagle Cartoons — a site that archives some 200,000 cartoons from artists worldwide. We update our galleries regularly. And we’ll try to swap them onto this page so you can enjoy the most recent additions to our collection as they come. Check back often!

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Obamacare, in its entirety, is unconstitutional
USA Today

It’s a sad commentary that alarms go up among Washington elites when the Trump administration defends the Constitution and holds Congress to its word. That is, after all, what the Department of Justice did this week by agreeing with a federal court that all of Obamacare is unconstitutional.

Pundits declare that this decision will have disastrous political consequences for Republicans. The Constitution’s approval rating is far higher than Congress’, so I think reports of our demise are greatly exaggerated.

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Medicare’s Uncapped Drug Costs Take A Big Bite From Already Tight Budgets
National Public Radio

Three times a week, 66-year-old Tod Gervich injects himself with Copaxone, a prescription drug that can reduce the frequency of relapses in people who have some forms of multiple sclerosis. After living with the disease for more than 20 years, the self-employed certified financial planner in Mashpee, Mass., is accustomed to managing his condition. What he can’t get used to is how Medicare’s coinsurance charges put a strain on his wallet. 

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GAO: Medicare made $23 billion in payment errors in 2017
Modern Healthcare

Medicare made more than $23 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2017, a government watchdog report found, largely due to scant or no documentation.

The Government Accountability Office also looked at improper payments in Medicaid fee for service, which amounted to about $4.3 billion. The GAO said improper payments for Medicaid have remained relatively steady since 2011, while improper Medicare payments have spiked since 2009.

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CMS launches $1.65 million AI challenge
Modern Healthcare

The CMS on Wednesday launched a $1.65 million contest to develop an understandable artificial intelligence tool that can predict patients’ healthcare outcomes and adverse events.

The right AI tool could improve quality and lower administrative burdens for doctors, The agency and the American Academy of Family Physicians, which is supporting the challenge, say the right AI tool could improve care quality and lower doctors’ administrative burdens.

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Device-Safety Experts To FDA: Make Data Public
Kaiser Health News

Medical device safety researchers are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to release hundreds of thousands of hidden injury and malfunction reports related to about 100 medical devices.

A recent Kaiser Health News investigation revealed that the FDA granted device makers numerous “exemptions” from the standard rules of publicly reporting harm related to devices.

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FDA wants women to get breast-density information along with their mammograms
Washington Post

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday proposed requiring mammogram providers to tell women with dense breast tissue that the condition could make it harder to interpret their screening tests and to recommend that they talk with their physicians about whether they should have additional tests to check for cancer.

More than three dozen states have laws requiring that women who have mammograms be informed if they have dense breasts, but the language differs widely.

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Women who say they were sickened by breast implants demand FDA action: ‘I was not warned.’
The Washington Post

Women who say they were harmed by breast implants demanded the Food and Drug Administration take new steps to protect consumers, including providing more information about potential risks and banning devices linked to the most serious complications, including cancer.

Telling searing stories about broken health, disrupted families and lost careers, the women pressed an FDA advisory panel to recommend more long-term research, bans or restrictions on certain products and a beefed-up informed consent process so that women have a clear understanding of the risks and benefits of the devices before they opt for surgery.

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Health Officials’ Plug For Next FDA Chief: Go Big On E-Cig Regulation
Kaiser Health News

In an almost uniform response to the impending exit of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, city and county public health officials are urging the Trump administration to go bigger in its response to adolescents’ growing use of e-cigarettes. The issue, they say, is reaching crisis levels and many worry the FDA’s much-touted efforts are falling short. Gottlieb, whose almost two-year tenure heading the agency won praise for advancing key regulations in an administration geared toward deregulation, plans to leave April 5, with his farewell tour emphasizing his work

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More Older Adults With Joint Replacements Recover At Home, Not Rehab
Kaiser Health News

Older adults and their families often wonder: Where’s the best place to recover after a hip or knee replacement — at home or in a rehabilitation facility?

Increasingly, the answer appears to be home if the procedure is elective, friends and family are available to help and someone doesn’t have serious conditions that could lead to complications.

This trend is likely to accelerate as evidence mounts that recuperating at home is a safe alternative and as hospitals alter medical practices in response to changing Medicare policies.

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How this cancer-fighting startup switched gears, landed a big deal and started a clinical trial
San Francisco Business Times

AbbVie in January paid $105 million for an exclusive option to license small Tizona’s experimental cancer-fighting drug, so the results from an early-stage clinical trial started this month are important.

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Dignity Health will lower drug costs for chronic illnesses with new partnership
Sacramento Business Journal

Instead of copays costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars, patients will pay just $10, the companies said.

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