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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.

Bernie Sanders relaunches ‘Medicare for All’ amid 2020 glare

- Associated Press

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will unveil a new version of his “Medicare for All” plan on Wednesday, shaking up the 2020 presidential election by reopening the debate over his call to eliminate private health insurance.

President Barack Obama shares a humorous moment with a group of doctors from around the country in the Oval Office, Oct. 5, 2009, prior to a health insurance reform event at the White House.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

DOJ to court: Let’s get moving on Obamacare case

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration asked a federal appeals court Monday to hear arguments on a major Obamacare case in early July, saying it wants to get moving on a legal challenge that’s viewed as a long shot but could kill off the 2010 law.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York; Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas; House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland; Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas; and other Democrat leaders, speaks outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Democrats pass resolution condemning Obamacare lawsuit

- The Washington Times

The House passed a resolution Wednesday that instructs the Trump administration to drop its support for a lawsuit that could dismantle Obamacare, elevating a 2020 campaign issue and pressuring Republicans to explain what they’d do if millions lost coverage tied to the law.

President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday, March 28, 2019. (Cory Morse/MLive.com/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Trump’s small-business health insurance plan struck down

- Associated Press

A federal judge has struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by President Donald Trump, marking the second setback in a week for the administration’s health care initiatives.

President Donald Trump talks with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 28, 2019, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Trump is traveling to Michigan to speak at a rally before spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump tasks Senate Republicans with drafting health care plan

- The Washington Times

President Trump said he’s tasked specific Senate Republicans to form a “really great” health care plan, saying the GOP is “winning” a state-driven lawsuit against Obamacare and that Congress needs to prep a replacement in case the program is struck down.

This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Oklahoma's attorney general will announce a settlement Tuesday, March 26, 2019, with Purdue Pharma, one of the drug manufacturers named in a state lawsuit that accuses them of fueling the opioid epidemic. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Oklahoma settles with maker of OxyContin over opioid crisis

- Associated Press

The maker of the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin has reached a settlement with the state of Oklahoma over its role in the nation’s deadly opioid crisis, officials said Tuesday. The terms were not immediately disclosed.

Outside political groups not always what they appear

- Associated Press

As ominous music plays in the background, the narrator of a radio ad echoes objections from drugmakers by warning that a Trump administration proposal to apply international pricing to certain Medicare drugs would be a nightmare for seniors.

President Donald Trump arrives at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, from summit talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Poll finds broad support for Trump’s big ideas on drug pricing

- The Washington Times

Nearly nine in 10 people think drug companies should disclose list prices in TV advertising and a solid majority says the U.S. should align Medicare costs with what other countries pay, according to a poll released Friday that finds broad support for President Trump’s big ideas for making prescriptions cheaper.

This 2019 photo provided by Northwestern University shows a soft, flexible wireless sensor applied on a foot of a family's baby, who is involved in the clinical trial at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. This kind of sensor could replace the tangle of wire-based sensors that currently monitor babies in hospitals' neonatal intensive care units. (Northwestern University via AP)

New sensors monitor sick babies without wires blocking hugs

- Associated Press

Peek into any U.S. hospital’s baby ICU, and you’ll see sick and premature newborns covered in wired monitors that tear at fragile skin and make it hard for parents to cuddle their kids.

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal listens as her campaign volunteers speak during a primary night event for Jayapal in the 7th congressional district race, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at Optimism Brewing in Seattle. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Genna Martin)

House progressives unveil single-payer health bill

- The Washington Times

More than 100 House Democrats laid down an aggressive marker Wednesday for what “Medicare for all” means to them ahead of the 2020 campaign, filing a bill that would replace private insurance with a nationwide program that would cover all Americans.

Yale University researcher Benjamin Chan, who studies viruses that attack bacteria, holds the bacteriophage treatment for patient Ella Balasa, of Richmond, Va., at Osborn Memorial Laboratories, in New Haven, Conn., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Bacteriophages were discovered a century ago but largely shelved when easier-to-use antibiotics came along. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Using 1 germ to fight another when today’s antibiotics fail

- Associated Press

Bacteria lodged deep in Ella Balasa’s lungs were impervious to most antibiotics. At 26, gasping for breath, she sought out a dramatic experiment — deliberately inhaling a virus culled from sewage to attack her superbug.

Joined by deputy special agent in charge of the DEA's Los Angeles division, William Bodner, left, U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna, center, speaks during a news conference Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. An opioid crackdown in the Los Angeles area has led to the arrest of four doctors and other medical professionals, including one physician whose patient died of an overdose. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Feds announce opioid crackdown in Los Angeles

- Associated Press

An opioid crackdown in the Los Angeles area has led to the arrest of four doctors and several other medical professionals, including one physician whose patient died of an overdose, authorities announced Thursday.

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on human trafficking in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump: Obamacare may be ‘terminated’ by courts

- The Washington Times

Despite a divided Congress, President Trump still thinks Obamacare will scrapped through the courts and that he can strike a deal to deliver “good health care in this country,” according to an interview published Friday.

In this Oct. 26, 2018, photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks about proposed reforms to Medicare Part B drug pricing policies at the Brookings Institute in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

HHS takes bold drug-rebate plan on the road

- The Washington Times

Health Secretary Alex Azar on Friday challenged Congress to prove it is serious about prescription prices by writing into law President Trump’s proposal to upend the Byzantine drug-rebate system, saying there is no need to wait for regulations to take hold by 2020.

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