The New York Times — Trading health care for the poor for tax cuts for the rich
So much for President Trump’s pledge of “insurance for everybody.” The Congressional Budget Office said on Monday that next year 14 million fewer Americans will have insurance if the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is repealed and replaced on the terms the president is seeking. That tally would rise to 21 million in 2020 and 24 million in 2026. By then, the total number of uninsured Americans would reach 52 million. And for what? To give a gigantic tax cut to wealthy Americans.
Vox — CBO confirms that the GOP plan to replace Obamacare would cripple public health
Last week, House Republicans released their plan to replace Obamacare, giving Americans a sense, at long last, of how their health insurance might change under the Trump administration. Today the Congressional Budget Office followed up with an estimate on what would happen if the law is passed, and its findings were grim: 24 million people would lose their coverage by 2026. That’s much larger than anyone anticipated, and it’ll be devastating for many Americans.
In its report, the CBO outlined another alarming effect on health: If implemented, the GOP’s American Health Care Act would kill the funding that established the Prevention and Public Health Fund, the federal budget’s largest budget allocation for disease prevention, by 2019.
Orlando Sentinel — Florida’s heroin crisis: A public health emergency
In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott declared a statewide public health emergency to combat the pill-mill crisis that was killing seven people a day. Six years later, Florida faces an even deadlier killer. This time it’s heroin, which is killing 10 people a day.
CNN — Depression, anxiety, PTSD: The mental impact of climate change
With floods — as well as storms, heat waves and droughts — expected to increase in frequency thanks to climate change, the impact such trauma may have on the minds of those affected is something doctors, policymakers and governments are considering when planning services to help populations at-risk.
Minneapolis Star Tribune — State could lose $80M in public health funds under AHCA
Minnesota stands to lose $80 million in public health funding over the next five years under the new congressional GOP health care bill, a fact obscured in the larger debate that the measure has sparked over private insurance coverage and government health care programs for the poor.
Dayton (Ohio) Daily News — Health plan to cut $115M from Ohio public health programs
Tucked into the bill that House Republicans are pushing to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act is a provision that would eliminate nearly $115 million to Ohio public health programs over the next five years.