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Trump Said ObamaCare Would End. Here's How

It won't be repealed overnight

(Newser) - President-elect Donald Trump has promised to make getting rid of ObamaCare a priority—but he's not going to be able to simply summon the Affordable Care Act to the boardroom and tell the law it's fired. Instead, experts say repealing and replacing the ACA is a process that... More »

Clinton Announces Very Sanders-like Health Care Plan

It's believed to be another step toward a Sanders endorsement next week

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton proposed making a public option insurance plan available to residents in every state and doubling funding for community health centers in an announcement Saturday, USA Today reports. Reuters calls the move evidence as to how much influence the campaign of Bernie Sanders has had on her positions. Clinton... More »

'Huge' Win for House GOP in ObamaCare Lawsuit

Federal judge says administration spending on health care subsidies is unconstitutional

(Newser) - In what Politico labels a "huge win" for the House GOP, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the Obama administration is making unconstitutional federal expenditures to maintain the president's ObamaCare law, the AP reports. At issue: $175 billion in so-called "cost-sharing" reimbursements that the government doles out... More »

SD Needlessly Dumps Thousands Into Nursing Homes: DOJ

Feds may sue the state

(Newser) - The Justice Department may be gearing up to sue the state of South Dakota after a report released Monday found thousands of people with disabilities that could potentially be managed at home are being relegated to nursing homes or other long-term-care facilities instead, the New York Times reports. This most... More »

John Stossel Has Cancer, Laments 'Socialist' Hospital's Customer Service

'Bureaucrats don't care if you sleep'

(Newser) - Fox News host John Stossel has lung cancer. But don't worry, his doctors tell him he'll be fine. No, Stossel has something else on his mind in an opinion piece published Wednesday on Fox News. "I get excellent medical care here. But…I have to say the... More »

Whistleblower Wins $51M in Medical Device Kickback Case

Ex-compliance officer for Olympus says doctors, administrators got grants, trips

(Newser) - A whistleblower who worked for Olympus Corporation of the Americas for 20 years will receive $51 million from the company after it admitted to a scheme of bribery and kickbacks and agreed Tuesday to pay $646 million in fines, CNNMoney reports. John Slowik was named the company's compliance officer... More »

Health Care for Native Americans 'Horrifying'

Advocates tell horror stories at Senate hearing

(Newser) - "Don't get sick after June" is a common refrain in the Native American community—mainly because the Indian Health Service federal agency is "severely underfunded," says a rep for an advocacy group, per NBC News . In fact, witnesses at a Senate hearing Wednesday pleading for funds... More »

How Sanders Would Pay for Universal Health Care

He says tax hikes, even on middle class, would save money in long run

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders unveiled a single-payer health care plan just before Sunday night's debate that he calls "Medicare for All." He lays it out here , declaring that it's about time health care becomes a guarantee for all Americans, "not a privilege." Some related reading:
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Sanders: Chelsea 'Flat Wrong' on My Health Plan

Senator says Clinton daughter 'didn't read the plan' he has for Americans

(Newser) - As the race for the Democratic nomination between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton heats up , the former first daughter is stumping for her mom—and saying things that Sanders says are "absolutely wrong," per CNN . Chelsea Clinton spoke at a New Hampshire campaign rally Tuesday, the Hill reports,... More »

ObamaCare Users Get Sticker Shock

The median deductible in many states is $3K

(Newser) - ObamaCare users are loving the low premiums but agonizing over a surprise expense in many plans: "sky-high deductibles," the New York Times reports. In several states, the median deductible of plans offered on HealthCare.gov is $3,000, meaning consumers will often have to pay three grand before... More »

Kids' Health Clinic Renamed After Krispy Kreme Doughnut Binge

But it's for a related charity race, not the doughnut chain itself

(Newser) - In the grand tradition of Jobing.com Arena and the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, the University of North Carolina's NC Children's Specialty Clinic was just rebranded as the Krispy Kreme Challenge Children's Specialty Clinic, Gawker reports. The website points out the irony: "A place... More »

Health Program for Sept. 11 Responders Expires

72K beneficiaries may stop receiving federal health care by next September

(Newser) - A law that provides medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders expired at midnight Wednesday due to the failure of Congress to act. For now, first responders who rushed to the World Trade Center after the 2001 terrorist attacks, worked for weeks, and now suffer from illnesses like... More »

Preventable Hospital Infection Kills Thousands Each Year

Vox looks at problems with common 'central line catheter' procedure

(Newser) - Every year, millions of people have a tube called a central line catheter inserted into their body so it can deliver medication straight to the heart. And every year, thousands of people die from easily preventable infections related to the procedure, reports Sarah Kliff at Vox . In 2013, nearly 10,... More »

Cuba Is First Nation to Reach HIV Milestone

It has wiped out mother-to-baby transmissions, says WHO

(Newser) - On at least one aspect of health care, the world's most advanced nations can now take a back seat to Cuba. The World Health Organization says Cuba has become the first country to eliminate mother-to-baby transmissions of HIV, reports NBC News . The same holds true for syphilis. Cuba did... More »

Veterans' Health-Care Delays Get Even Worse

The VA is also facing a $3B shortfall

(Newser) - The number of veterans seeking health care but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50% higher now than it was a year ago when a scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs, the New York Times reports. The... More »

BlueCross BlueShield Plan Hit by 'Sophisticated' Hack

CareFirst says 1.1M names, ID numbers were breached in June

(Newser) - In the latest cyberattack against a health insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield says that attackers gained access to a database that included the names of 1.1 million people. The company said yesterday that the breach happened in June after a "sophisticated cyberattack." The attackers got into a database... More »

Emergency Room Visits Rising Under ObamaCare: Poll

Three-quarters of emergency doctors cite increase

(Newser) - Backers of ObamaCare have said it would reduce the number of visits to emergency rooms, the Wall Street Journal notes, but in fact, a poll of ER doctors finds that number has been climbing. "Visits are going up despite the (Affordable Care Act), and in a lot of cases... More »

Almost 90% of US Adults Now Have Health Insurance

'No question' that ObamaCare has increased health coverage

(Newser) - Underlining a change across the nation, nearly nine out of 10 adults now say they have health insurance, according to an extensive survey released today. As recently as 2013, slightly more than eight out of 10 had coverage. Whether the new number from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index turns out to... More »

Jury: Kaiser's Delayed MRI Cost Teen Her Leg

Teen had amputation because of fast-growing tumor

(Newser) - Jurors in California think a big health-care company's reluctance to order an MRI cost a teenager her leg—and they awarded her $28 million in compensation. The Los Angeles Times reports that Anna Rahm went to Kaiser Permanente in 2009 with severe back pain and requested the test as... More »

ObamaCare Perk: Better Diabetes Diagnosis?

Report suggests health care law could stave off disease's serious complications

(Newser) - A new study may lend credibility to ObamaCare's effectiveness when it comes to fighting diabetes, the New York Times reports. The Quest Diagnostics study published today in the Diabetes Care journal shows that in the 24 states that didn't expand their Medicaid programs, the number of Medicaid patients... More »

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