“At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence…..”

“The president promised two months ago that his administration would “spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis.” Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are pushing President Donald Trump to formally declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, something he promised in August

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“… President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from a bipartisan deal on healthcare reached by two senators…

a day earlier, saying he could never support legislation “bailing out” insurance companies. On Tuesday, Trump appeared to embrace the deal struck by Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty Murray as “a short-term solution so that we don’t have this very dangerous little period,” apparently referring to possible premium spikes in the wake

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Congress blocked DEA action against drug companies suspected of flooding the country with prescription narcotics

“In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets… A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the

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Trump vows to rip apart Obamacare piece by piece. (A)

“In a move likely to roil America’s insurance markets, President Donald Trump will “immediately” halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to persuade Congress to unravel for months…. “…. the White House said the government cannot legally continue to pay the so-called cost-sharing subsidies because they lack a

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Trump’s Executive Order: “By siphoning off healthy individuals, these junk plans could cannibalize the insurance exchanges.”

“President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday morning intended to allow small businesses and potentially individuals to buy a long-disputed type of health insurance that skirts state regulations and Affordable Care Act protections. The White House and allies portray the president’s move to expand access to “association health plans” as wielding administrative powers to

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CDC deactivated its emergency response center for Zika.. The first probable locally acquired Zika case in 2017 has been confirmed in Texas….

County health officials on Thursday reported the case involves a Laguna Heights resident who sought testing at a county clinic. The individual is believed to have contracted the virus through a mosquito bite. “Based on the information that we have, the source of the transmission appears to be mosquito-borne that took place several months ago.

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Trump: “I want to focus on North Korea not ‘fixing somebody’s back’,…Let the states do that.” As “synthetic repeal” of ObamaCare is underway.

“President Trump praised health care block grants on Saturday, saying they allow the states to focus on health care, but said he would rather focus his energy on tensions with North Korea than “fixing somebody’s back or their knee.” “You know in theory, I want to focus on North Korea, I want to focus on

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