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A second House committee this week held a listening to on proposals for a single-payer well being system, resembling “Medicare for All,” that includes consultants from the Congressional Budget Office. But it seems the keenness for a dramatic overhaul of the nation’s well being system is waning, as even some Democratic supporters make clear that they’re in favor of extra incremental adjustments.
Meanwhile, there’s a brand new push on Capitol Hill to lift the federal minimal age to buy tobacco merchandise from 18 to 21. And a few of that effort is coming from senators from tobacco states.
Also this week, nonetheless extra lawsuits are being filed difficult the Trump administration’s efforts to deal with reproductive well being points, together with one swimsuit from an anti-abortion household planning group.
This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner from Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal and Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner.
Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:
Republicans are looking forward to House Democrats to carry hearings on the Medicare for All proposal — or different single-payer choices — as a result of it provides them a possibility to rail in opposition to a authorities takeover of well being care. Although Democrats have held two hearings on the problem of changing the U.S. well being care system to a single, government-sponsored plan, it has not but had a listening to on the precise Medicare for All invoice launched within the House. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the invoice’s sponsor, calls for a listening to. The laws from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to extend the age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21 follows related actions in a couple of dozen states, together with Texas, Arkansas and Virginia. Efforts to spare customers from shock medical payments — those who come when a affected person will get companies from a hospital or physician outdoors their insurance coverage community — seem to have sufficient momentum on Capitol Hill invoice might be able to get by way of regardless of the frosty relationship between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Democratic-controlled states are utilizing lawsuits to decelerate the Trump administration’s plans to permit medical suppliers extra flexibility to decide to not carry out companies they discover morally improper. This has the potential to be a flashpoint with each change of administration, just like the way in which Democratic and Republican White Houses typically swap one another’s insurance policies on funding for abroad teams that supply abortion counseling.
Plus, for additional credit score, the panelists suggest their favourite well being coverage tales of the week they suppose it’s best to learn too:
Julie Rovner: KHN and California Healthline’s “Heat And Violence Post Twin Threats For Asylum-Seekers Waiting At Border,” by Anna Maria Barry-Jester
Joanne Kenen: The New Yorker’s “The Troubled History of Psychiatry,” by Jerome Groopman
Kimberly Leonard: NOLA.com’s “The Children of Central City,” by Jonathan Bullington and Richard A. Webster
Stephanie Armour: Bloomberg News’ “Heart-Drug Suppliers for Millions Faulted Over Data, Bugs, Dirt,” by Anna Edney
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