"Medicare-for-all" makes a good first impression, but support plunges when people are asked if they'd pay higher taxes or put up with treatment delays to get it.
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By Dino Hazell - Associated Press
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation's opioid epidemic. Published November 30, 2018
Most people who see someone die after ingesting a pill would avoid that pill. For opioid addicts, it's just the opposite.
A federal judge Monday temporarily blocked President Trump's push to exempt a range of companies and religious nonprofits from an Obama-era mandate to insure birth control or submit their objections in writing.
House Democrats launched a broad probe Monday into high prescription drug costs, saying the rapid rise in prices is "unsustainable" and soaking taxpayers and patients alike.
Seven in 10 Americans say the U.S. health care system is "in a state of crisis" or has "major problems," according to a Gallup poll that also finds partisanship has colored people's views of the system over the past decade.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a freshman Democrat, and two Republicans filed a bill Thursday that would repeal Obamacare's tax on health insurers, saying the levy increases premiums and should be scrapped permanently.
Liberal lawmakers released a package of bills Thursday designed to test Washington's appetite for novel ways to control runaway drug costs, saying U.S. consumers are getting stiffed by prices that are far higher than what other countries pay.
Health care proposals in California, New York City reopen the thorny debate over providing taxpayer-funded benefits to people living in the U.S. illegally, an idea that flies in the face of President Trump's fight against illegal immigration and places that offer them sanctuary.
House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth asked congressional scorekeepers Tuesday to outline for Democrats the logistical and financial trade-offs they must consider as they craft bills to provide "Medicare for all."
House Democrats say they will study the promise or pitfalls of a government-run health system out of the gate, setting the stage for hearings on the marquee idea championed by Sen. Bernard Sanders and outspoken freshmen as the left flexes its new clout.
A blue-state coalition notified a federal court Thursday it will appeal the bombshell ruling that found Congress' decision to tweak Obamacare in its tax bill made the rest of the program unconstitutional.
The IRS overpaid nearly $4 billion to Obamacare customers through tax credits last year, and because of the way the law is written it can't even try to collect on a quarter of that, the Treasury Department's inspector general reported this week.
The Trump administration is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by several cities for allegedly sabotaging the Affordable Care Act. The Daily Record reports that the defendants argued in a motion filed Monday that the dispute is a political disagreement outside federal court's jurisdiction.
President Trump was riding high in July after a series of strident tweets and personal phone calls paid off: Pfizer, a top drug manufacturer, had decided to defer price increases for the rest of the year. He called it "great news" for American consumers, and other companies followed suit. They froze their prices while the White House worked on a prescription-pricing blueprint. But with New Year's Day looming, the freeze is thawing.
The surge of powerful opioids and record number of deadly overdoses are forcing law enforcement to change the way they do their jobs, adding social work and education to their traditional role of crime-fighting as they scramble to combat the threat.
Roughly 8.5 million people selected plans or were automatically re-enrolled on HealthCare.gov, which is the portal for residents in most states. That's 300,000 fewer than the last sign-up season a year ago.
Senate Republicans on Wednesday spurned Democrats' first effort to intervene in a lawsuit that, if upheld, would kill off Obamacare.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday became the latest 2020 presidential contender to target soaring prescription costs, saying the U.S. government should act as a generic-drug manufacturer to force down prices.
Obamacare supporters are shoring up their defenses after a federal judge decided to strike the law, launching an ad campaign Tuesday as blue-state attorneys set the stage for a swift appeal.
The government's top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the U.S., urging swift action to prevent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers.
Companies with big footprints in Obamacare's expanded markets saw their shares drop Monday, the first trading day after a federal judge ruled the 2010 health care law as unconstitutional.
President Trump called on Congress Monday to work on a bipartisan health care plan, in light of a controversial court ruling that struck a major blow to Obamacare.
President Trump says a federal judge's decision to strike Obamacare in its entirety is an early Christmas gift that clears the decks for a health care plan in the new year.
The Trump administration is reminding Americans they can still sign up for Obamacare coverage even though a federal judge said Congress invalidated the law by striking its mandate to hold insurance, starting in 2019.
A Kentucky appeals court on Friday ruled documents on how Purdue Pharma marketed OxyContin, a major prescription opioid, should be unsealed.
Sen. Sherrod Brown isn't just pleading with folks to get covered under Obamacare by Saturday's deadline -- he's showing them how to do it, too.
Roughly 500,000 fewer people have selected coverage on the main Obamacare website than at this point last year, the administration reported Wednesday, meaning sign-ups continue to lag heading into the final days of 2019 enrollment.
A Virginia drugmaker said Wednesday that it will roll out a far cheaper, generic version of its overdose-reversing naloxone, one month after Senate investigators accused the company of capitalizing on the U.S. opioid epidemic by dramatically hiking its price.
Louisiana's legislative auditor wanted to know how the state's expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare was doing, so he picked 100 people who were deemed eligible under the rules.
The Trump administration on Thursday outlined ways that states can skirt Obamacare, freeing adventurous governors and legislators to spend federal money on health plans that don't meet the strict standards of the law's exchanges.
The Trump administration is formulating a backup plan to ensure that Obamacare customers can still get insurance if a state-driven lawsuit is successful in striking down the 2010 health law.
The Trump administration is forming a backup plan to ensure that sicker Americans can still get insurance if a state-driven lawsuit is successful in striking down Obamacare, the chief of federal insurance programs said Tuesday.
Sign-ups on Obamacare's main portal aren't coming in as fast as they were last year, according to a federal "snapshot" on Wednesday that looked at consumer interest three weeks into the 2019 enrollment period.
Call it suicide on the back side: Americans are sitting themselves to death, federal data show.
Capitol Hill progressives said Tuesday they've crafted legislation that compels drug companies to charge Americans no more than the median price for prescriptions in Canada, the U.K., France, Germany and Japan.
The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it plans to ban flavored cigars and menthol cigarettes, and restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, saying the U.S. must reverse a ballooning "epidemic" of teen use.
One of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the Untied States on Thursday settled a Justice Department lawsuit alleging it negotiated unlawful contacts that prevented patients from accessing less expensive physicians and hospitals.
In January, Democrats will hold the majority in the House, dealing a crushing blow to much of the legislative agenda advanced by President Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill.
While doctors attribute high blood pressure to risk factors of age and family history, research published Wednesday argues that the Western lifestyle is more directly responsible for the silent yet deadly condition of heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death globally.
Exercise is known to have countless health benefits, both physical and mental, but new research shows it can also be an effective tool in helping people prevent relapse of drug use.
Senators on both sides of the aisle want to bring back a bipartisan "reinsurance" plan, in which federal dollars blunt the costs of pricey customers in states' markets, so everyone else can pay less.
Facing intense pressure from the Trump administration, the nation's leading e-cigarette maker said Tuesday it will clamp down on teen use by shuttering its social media accounts and yanking flavored products from the 90,000 retail shops where they're sold.
Federal researchers published updated guidelines on exercise and physical activity on Monday, stressing that any movement is beneficial than none at all in an effort to reduce and prevent a number of medical conditions and chronic diseases.
Promises of leading the anti-Trump resistance weren't a magic bullet in last week's elections.
Lawyers for Catholic nuns who challenged the Obama-era "contraception mandate" cheered the Trump administration's expanded carve-out Thursday, saying they hoped the final rules would end "a long and unnecessary culture war fight."
The Senate's top Republican admitted Wednesday that the party's hopes for repealing Obamacare are dead in Congress after Democrats captured control of the House, leaving in place a law that few think is working.
The Trump administration on Wednesday finalized rules that allow a wide range of employers to duck Obamacare's contraceptive mandate by claiming "sincerely held religious beliefs" or a moral objection.
Doctors believe the herbal supplement kratom caused newborns to exhibit withdrawal symptoms, as federal officials seek to classify the Southeast Asian plant as a dangerous opioid and activists defend it as a harmless pain reliever.
Three ruby-red states voted Tuesday to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, meaning more than 300,000 people will be eligible for taxpayer-funded insurance once Republican governors begin drawing down federal funds.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar wants to make prescription drug pricing more transparent. We agree, but his well-intentioned plan will only confuse and mislead consumers. What's the good of listing drug prices in advertising if almost no one pays that "list price?" When patients say, "My drugs are too expensive," they're not talking about the list price — they're talking about their co-pays at the pharmacy.
Two months after oral arguments, a federal judge hasn't said whether a Republican tweak to Obamacare should stop the entire program in its tracks, pushing an explosive fight over the law beyond the midterms and forcing voters to decide which party can be trusted to balance protections for pre-existing conditions with affordable coverage.
Several issues dominate the midterm elections this week: The roaring economy, migrant caravans on a mysteriously swift journey to the United States, health care reform and leftist mobs protesting almost nonstop.
Opioid overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Former President Obama on Thursday stepped into the midterm fight over insurance for sicker Americans, saying protections built into his signature health law are "absolutely at stake" on Election Day.
The federal website where consumers can get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act was up and running Thursday after a slow start as sign-up season for 2019 opened days before the midterm elections.
The obesity epidemic in the U.S. has cost the U.S. economy $1.72 trillion, which includes hundreds of billions of dollars in health care costs and more than a trillion dollars in lost productivity, according to a report published Tuesday by the Milken Institute, a California-based economic think tank.
President Trump's fiddling with Obamacare will cause premiums for mid-tier health plans to be 16 percent higher than they would have been if he'd left the program alone, a nonpartisan study said Friday.
Health Secretary Alex Azar said President Trump's bid to tie what the U.S. government pays for certain Medicare drugs to what other nations pay won't cripple innovation or access to vital treatments, even if the plan is one of Big Pharma's "ultimate nightmares."
The Trump administration said Friday it's reactivated an Obamacare signup tool for insurance agents and brokers after a cyber breach exposed 75,000 individuals' private files.
The Justice Department will create a task force to target prescription opioid abuse in the Appalachian region, as part of a series of measures to fight a drug epidemic that has claimed the lives of 72,000 Americans, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday.
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Federal agents carried out the biggest health care fraud takedown "in history" on Thursday, the Department of Justice said, charging more than 600 people across the country with bilking taxpayers for $2 billion through fake medical claims and prescriptions for unneeded opioids.
The Trump administration finalized plans Tuesday to let small companies and the self-employed band together and buy health insurance outside of Obamacare's strict rules, moving to offer coverage to people priced out of the market by the 2010 health care law.
Six states sued a leading opioid manufacturer Tuesday, saying Purdue Pharma used deceptive tactics to downplay the risks of its painkiller OxyContin and helped fuel the addiction crisis.
President Trump said Friday he will put "American patients first" by speeding cheaper drugs to market, forcing companies to disclose prices and leveraging trade deals to put U.S. consumers on a level playing field with those abroad.
The Trump administration said Tuesday it is developing long-lasting medications that wean people off opioids — while slashing the odds of relapse — and overdose-reversing drugs that can compete with synthetics that kill faster than regular heroin.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday that President Trump is committed to reducing the number of prescribed opioids and retraining physicians on how to handle pain management.
Food and Drug Administrator Scott Gottlieb said Thursday his agency will be "very aggressive" in warning consumers about opioid-related products or taking them off the market, noting for too long, people thought the U.S. drug epidemic was welling up from the illicit heroin market.
First lady Melania Trump and a sweeping roster of Cabinet members will gather Thursday for a White House summit designed to highlight President Trump's efforts to tackle the opioids crisis.
Alex Azar was sworn Monday as secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, filling a critical seat in President Trump's cabinet that for months had been filled by an acting boss.
When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. rescued Obamacare in 2012, he ruled it was legal to require Americans to hold health insurance under Congress's taxing power -- and said it was up to lawmakers to kill it, if they wanted.
President Trump, frustrated by the Senate's failure to repeal Obamacare, took his first unilateral steps to tweak the struggling heath care system Thursday by signing an executive order that clears the way for giving consumers more insurance alternatives.
Government officials on Thursday said they're scrambling to keep Americans from getting hooked on opioids in the first place, from cutting the number of pills in circulation to crafting drugs that attack pain without triggering brain receptors that crave another high.
Senate Republicans said Tuesday they're shelving their 11th-hour push to repeal Obamacare, admitting defeat in the face of three crippling defections from their majority.
Medicare enrollees will receive brand-new cards that replace their Social Security numbers with unique IDs, the Trump administration said Thursday, hoping to crack down on the type of identity theft and fraud that's soaking the federal insurance program.
High-profile liberals are rushing to back a single-payer system, signing onto the "Medicare for all" bill that Sen. Bernard Sanders will unveil Wednesday and laying the groundwork for the next big health care fight.
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The Supreme Court upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul.
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President Obama speaks about the Patient's Bill of Rights and health care reform in the backyard of a private residence in Falls Church, Va.