KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Trump Merges Health And Immigration

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President Donald Trump has merged two of his favourite hot-button subjects by requiring new immigrants to both buy medical health insurance inside 30 days of arrival or show they’ll pay for medical bills on their very own.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has agreed to listen to an abortion case out of Louisiana and will quickly take one other from Indiana. Either or each may very well be used to weaken or presumably roll again Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

And on the Democratic presidential marketing campaign path, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a coronary heart assault and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg has a drug plan. Also, Republicans have a unified message: They say Democrats are pushing socialism.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News and Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

In his shock announcement final week setting necessities for authorized immigrants to have medical health insurance, Trump based mostly the brand new coverage on considerations in regards to the burden uninsured individuals placed on the well being system. That is an argument usually utilized by supporters of the Affordable Care Act, which Trump strongly criticizes. The Supreme Court probably has 4 choices within the Louisiana abortion case it accepted final week. The state legislation in query requires that docs performing abortions be accredited at native hospitals ― a problem on the coronary heart of a Texas legislation that the justices rejected a number of years in the past. The courtroom may say the Louisiana legislation is very like Texas’ and strike it down; use the brand new legislation to overturn abortion rights; say the Texas determination was not appropriate and let stand the Louisiana legislation; or say the info are totally different in Louisiana and its legislation can stand. Somewhat neglected within the courtroom’s acceptance of the case is that it’s going to additionally rule on one other abortion concern: whether or not well being care suppliers can sue to cease restrictive state legal guidelines. If the courtroom says they’ll’t and as a substitute the burden is on girls searching for an abortion, it is going to make difficult state statutes rather more troublesome. The govt order signed by Trump final week may end in important adjustments to Medicare, permitting docs to decide out of this system and arrange personal contracts with sufferers. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ coronary heart assault has raised questions ― once more ― about how clear presidential candidates needs to be about their well being. As each Republican critics of the ACA and its supporters await a call by the fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on a Texas lawsuit that would strike down the federal well being legislation, GOP officers are rising nervous about timing. The case will probably be appealed to the Supreme Court, however some administration officers would really like that to not hit the courtroom through the 2020 presidential marketing campaign and are contemplating methods to lengthen the attraction course of.

Plus, for further credit score, the panelists suggest their favourite well being coverage tales of the week they suppose you need to learn too:

Julie Rovner: Kaiser Health News’ “Why Hospitals Are Getting Into The Housing Business,” by Markian Hawryluk

Alice Miranda Ollstein: The New York Times’ “Sexually Transmitted Disease Cases Rise to Record High, C.D.C. Says,” by Liam Stack

Paige Winfield Cunningham: Bloomberg’s “AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Among Patient Advocacy Groups’ Big Backers,” by Alex Ruoff. Also, Kaiser Health News’ database of pharma contributions to affected person advocacy teams will be discovered here.

Julie Appleby: Kaiser Health News’ “They Enrolled In Medical School To Practice Rural Medicine. What Happened?” by Lauren Weber

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