The Washington Post —The Health 202: GOP’s next health care fight? Whether to hold hostage Obamacare subsidies

Their grand gamble to repeal the Affordable Care Act now lost, Republicans have devolved into bickering over whether to leverage extra Obamacare subsidies as a final bargaining chip toward getting something done on health care.

STAT — Surgeon general nominee, asked about gun violence, treads carefully

“Guns and gun owners aren’t inherently a public health problem, but the violence that results absolutely is,” he said, likening the difference to car crashes being a public health issue, even if cars themselves are not.

The New York Times — A dangerous, ‘silent reservoir’ for gonorrhea: the throat

Drug-resistant gonorrhea has been on the rise for years; the World Health Organization has reported an increase in more than 50 countries. Now scientists say the epidemic is being driven by a particular mode of transmission: oral sex.

The Hill — Advocates fear FDA blowing smoke on nicotine limits

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is raising eyebrows with talk of cracking down on nicotine levels in cigarettes and flavored tobacco products, including menthol. The agency on Friday said it’s planning to look at reducing nicotine in cigarettes to nonaddictive levels, a policy change that would likely have huge repercussions for the tobacco industry.