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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters just after the House Judiciary Committee approved guidelines for impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Nancy Pelosi unveils an ambitious plan to lower drug prices

- Associated Press

Putting her stamp on the health care issue that worries consumers the most, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday unveiled an ambitious plan to lower drug prices for seniors on Medicare and younger people with private insurance.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to reporters after a campaign stop at Lindy's Diner in Keene N.H., Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Joe Biden ad: Obamacare is ‘personal’ to me

- The Washington Times

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden says in a new TV ad that Obamacare is “personal” to him, recounting his family history as he made the case for defending the law from people who want to “replace it and start over.”

In this April 3, 2018, file photo, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks during a lecture series at the University of Nevada, Reno. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

Harry Reid says ‘Medicare for All’ is loser for Dems

- The Washington Times

Former Sen. Harry Reid says Democratic presidential candidates’ focus on a “Medicare for All” health policy is a loser for the 2020 election — and so is the push to cancel criminal penalties for illegal immigrants who jump the border.

Senators unveil compromise to reduce drug costs for seniors

- Associated Press

Two senior senators — a Republican and a Democrat — unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs that serve seniors and low-income people.

FILE - This Aug. 29, 2018, file photo shows an arrangement of prescription oxycodone pills in New York. U.S. health officials Tuesday, April 9. 2019, warned doctors not to abruptly stop prescribing opioid painkillers to patients who are taking them for chronic pain ailments, such as backaches.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

CDC numbers suggest opioid crisis may be cresting

- The Washington Times

U.S. drug overdose deaths appear to have decreased for the first time in nearly three decades, according to preliminary data Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a first sign that the devastating opioid abuse crisis may be cresting.

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaks at a house party campaign stop, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Atkinson, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Joe Biden aggressively defends health law known as ‘Obamacare’

- Associated Press

Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run model.

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks to reporters following the weekly policy lunches on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Democrats go on offense ahead of Obamacare showdown

- The Washington Times

Democrats highlighted the political peril Monday of an anti-Obamacare lawsuit that’s set for argument before a federal appeals court later this week, vowing to punish President Trump and anyone else backing the attempt to overturn the 2010 health law.

In this Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, of New Mexico, at the podium, addresses the state Legislature in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Another top House Democrat backs Medicare for All

- The Washington Times

The assistant speaker of the House announced Tuesday that he supports “Medicare for All” legislation that has been introduced in the lower chamber, putting another top Democrat behind the far-reaching plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system, and on the opposite side of the issue from Speaker Nancy Pelosi who has urged caution.

This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. A report found drug overdose deaths among U.S. teens inched up in 2015 after years of decline. The report was released on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File) ** FILE **

Study finds doctors prescribe opioids to teens at high rate

- The Washington Times

A new study found that doctors have frequently prescribed opioids to teens and young adults who visit emergency rooms or outpatient clinics, prompting the study’s lead researcher to call on fellow physicians to rarely prescribe the painkillers.

‘Medicare for All’s‘ rich benefits ‘leapfrog’ other nations

- Associated Press

Generous benefits. No copays. No need for private policies. The “Medicare for All” plan advocated by leading 2020 Democrats appears more lavish than what’s offered in other advanced countries, compounding the cost but also potentially broadening its popular appeal.

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., right, chair of the House Health Subcommittee, says President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr want to take a sledgehammer to health care, as she joins, from left, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., at a Democratic event ahead of a House floor vote on the Health Care and Prescription Drug Package, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Democrats pass health-care bill, in bid to stake out a 2020 election issue

- The Washington Times

The House approved health-care legislation aimed at slashing drug costs and rolling back President Trump’s changes to the 2010 health law, as Democrats sought to turn a winning midterm message into a 2020-election weapon. But the bill has no chance of advancing in the Senate, because of Republican complaints that Obamacare-related “poison pills” had eclipsed bipartisan work on prescription drugs.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro arrives at a news conference in Philadelphia, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Shapiro filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the company that makes OxyContin of fueling the opioid epidemic, making it at least the 39th state to make such a claim against Purdue Pharma. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Maker of OxyContin gets hit with another state lawsuit

- Associated Press

Pennsylvania’s state attorney general filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the company that makes OxyContin of fueling the opioid epidemic, making it at least the 39th state to make such a claim against Purdue Pharma.

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