The Atlantic – The Republicans Trying to Slow Down Obamacare Repeal
Congressional Republicans knew their push for an immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act would draw howls of protest from Democrats. But they are now hearing warnings from elected officials who may be harder for them to ignore: Republican governors. GOP Governors John Kasich of Ohio and Rick Snyder of Michigan urge lawmakers to protect the Medicaid expansions they say are working in their states.
Boston Globe – The reality of repealing the Affordable Care Act
This week, congress aims to take steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act without proposing a replacement. If Congress and the new administration take that path, it will have enormous consequences for the future of health care in America, HHS Secretary Burwell warns. Under a “repeal and delay” scenario, health insurers would pull out of the market or dramatically raise prices, hospitals and states would pull back on new investments as they prepare for an onslaught of uncompensated care, and more.
Fox News – Few black diabetes patients in US drug trials
Even though diabetes rates are almost twice as high in black people as in whites, black patients may be far less likely to be included in drug safety trials, a recent study suggests.
Washington Post – If you’re taking something for heartburn, it may have other effects
People who took acid-suppressing medications were about three times as likely to have had a GI infection as were those who did not take the heartburn drugs, according to a new study.
CNN – More women got mammograms when Obamacare paid for them
Among older Americans, use of mammography increased under Obamacare, according to a new study. Obamacare eliminated the costs and out-of-pocket expenses for Americans wanting preventive health care services — including mammography and colonoscopy, both tests able to detect cancer.
The Hill – Hospital: Trump’s son helped us raise over $16M
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., says President-elect Donald Trump’s son has helped it raise $16.3 million over the last decade.
Washington Post – Obamacare repeal could cost D.C. $623 million a year, mayor says
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says an estimated 80,000 residents could lose their health insurance if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act.