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Now on to what you could have missed!
To be frank, should you missed Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, you didn’t truly miss a lot in the way in which of developments on the candidates’ well being care positions. However the sharp divide between the moderates (construct upon current framework) and progressives (sweeping systematic modifications) was on show — confirming for maybe the millionth time that well being care shall be entrance and heart within the 2020 election.
The Washington Publish: September Democratic Debate Highlights: Democrats Argue Over Well being Care, Weapons, Immigration
Beto O’Rourke drew reward from his rivals for a way he dealt with the aftermath of the mass capturing in his hometown, El Paso, Texas — and in addition went large and daring on his gun management plan. “Hell, sure, we’re going to take your AR-15,” he stated, in a declaration that in elections previous would have been a nuclear bomb on a candidate’s marketing campaign.
Los Angeles Instances: Beto O’Rourke: ‘Hell, Sure, We’re Going to Take Your AR-15’
The “infants in cages” line is a go-to for a lot of Democrats criticizing the Trump administration’s remedy of immigrant youngsters in U.S. custody. It made for a clumsy second for former Vice President Joe Biden, who was a part of the Obama administration that used the identical amenities. “We didn’t lock folks up in cages,” Biden stated. “We didn’t separate households.” However a truth verify reveals that neither of these protestations is correct.
The Related Press Truth Verify: Dems Draw Hyperlink Between Trump, El Paso Murders
And a few folks had been left questioning after Thursday night time: The place are the abortion questions? Contemplating all of the developments which have occurred within the reproductive rights sphere over the previous few months, debate watchers (and the candidates themselves!) had been annoyed by the omission.
The New York Instances: Marathon Democratic Debate Contains No Questions About Ladies’s Points
Amid an ever-escalating outbreak of a lung illness that public well being officers nonetheless haven’t gotten a deal with on, President Donald Trump introduced that he plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes. A glance behind the scenes from Politico reveals that first woman Melania Trump — who could be pretty reticent with regards to public coverage — was a driving drive behind the president’s resolution, which bucks conventional Republican considering on the matter.
The New York Instances: Trump Administration Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes
Politico: Melania Versus the Vapers
Trump’s resolution was simply the most recent in a broader shift towards public well being points forward of the 2020 elections. Voters routinely rank well being care as excessive on their record of priorities, however Republicans have been grappling with the truth that Democrats have the sting on issues like insurance coverage and prices. So the place does that go away them? Trying elsewhere to rack up victories and construct speaking factors.
Politico: From Vaping to Opioids: Trump Redefines Well being Take care of 2020 Run
And in that vein, Trump startled California leaders this week when he despatched a delegation of officers to take a look at the state’s homeless disaster. As you may think about, the governors and mayors — who’ve been on the receiving finish of verbal elbow throwing from the president over the difficulty — had a less-than-thrilled response to Trump’s curiosity. The message from the governor’s workplace: “If the president is prepared to place critical options — with actual funding — on the desk, California stands prepared to speak. He might begin by ending his plans to chop meals stamps, intestine well being take care of low-income folks, and scare immigrant households from accessing authorities providers.”
The Washington Publish: Trump Officers Get Take a look at Los Angeles Homeless Disaster
Los Angeles Instances: Trump Workforce’s Homeless Tour of L.A. Sparks Suspicions, Considerations
Particulars of Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s much-awaited drug-pricing plan dropped this week and the proposal appears much more aggressive than some had anticipated. It will enable Medicare to barter costs on the highest costliest 250 medication, after which these costs could be accessible to all shoppers, not simply Medicare beneficiaries.
The political takeaways:
— If Trump was bluffing about his personal drug-pricing rhetoric, Pelosi is asking him on it. A few of the concepts — like pegging prices to what different international locations pay for the medication — are straight out of his playbook. She is also seeking to again Senate Republicans right into a nook on the difficulty.
— However some folks say the progressive plan is a sign that any bipartisan hopes ought to be curtailed. If Pelosi had thought she might get one thing via the Senate, the plan would have lined up nearer to the anticipated blueprint. This fashion, she avoids a battle with the left flank of her chamber.
Politico: Pelosi Tries to Break up Trump, Republicans Over Drug Pricing
The Washington Publish: Pelosi Invoice Goals to Negotiate Medicare Costs On High 250 Medication, Penalize Producers That Don’t Comply
Purdue Pharma introduced a tentative settlement with 1000’s of municipal governments nationwide and practically two dozen states. Basically, the corporate could be dissolved, a brand new one could be shaped to promote OxyContin (with earnings going to the plaintiffs) and Purdue would donate medication for dependancy remedy and overdose reversal. The Sackler household could be personally on the hook for $three billion.
That final bit has been a sticking level with the states that aren’t within the settlement — many see that as far too low a penalty for the household. The states in favor of the deal like the concept of avoiding the uncertainty of a trial.
The New York Instances: Purdue Pharma Tentatively Settles 1000’s of Opioid Instances
For the primary time in a decade, the variety of uninsured People rose regardless of a robust economic system. The Census Bureau report discovered an estimated 27.5 million folks, 8.5% of the inhabitants, with out protection in 2018 (which is a rise of 1.9 million uninsured folks, or half a share level). Democrats pounced on the numbers.
The Related Press: Share of Uninsured People Rises for 1st Time in a Decade
With Congress again in session, Democrats had been adamant about pushing Republicans into appearing on gun management. Each Pelosi and Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer urged Trump to withstand the NRA’s affect and “seize this second,” as a result of Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell has repeatedly stated he isn’t desirous about even excited about laws that Trump wouldn’t signal.
The New York Instances: Pelosi and Schumer, in Push for Gun Security Laws, Urge Trump to Defy N.R.A.
In the meantime, the gun foyer has been bombarding the White Home, having access to Trump, and assembly with senior officers over the president’s anticipated gun violence proposal. However advocates on the opposite aspect can’t even get within the door.
Politico: Contained in the Gun Foyer’s Push to Sway Trump
A number of corporations are being lauded for his or her resolution to wade into the gun debate with their requests that buyers don’t open-carry firearms into the shops. Are they attempting to play each side? As a result of authorized specialists say they might go additional than mere “requests,” they usually’ve determined to not.
The New York Instances: Shops Might Simply Ban Weapons, However Open-Carry Foes Again Requests as a Step
And I’m at all times a sucker for historical past lesson:
The New York Instances: How Congress Handed an Assault Weapons Ban in 1994
So … it seems Medicaid can operate like a mortgage and never simply authorities help. For these of us who weren’t masking well being coverage in 1993 when then-President Invoice Clinton signed the Medicaid Property Restoration Program into legislation (making it obligatory that states search reimbursement for Medicaid money owed), The Atlantic affords a terrifying take a look at what occurs when states come a-knockin. One lady acquired a 28-page, $198,660.26 itemized invoice for “each Band-Help, each can of Guarantee” her mom used whereas on Medicaid.
The Atlantic: Medicaid Debt Can Price You Your Home
Within the miscellaneous file for the week:
So, what’s up with all these blood stress treatment recollects? How did carcinogens get previous the FDA’s regulation course of? Nicely, it seems that whereas the FDA has a rigorous approval course of for brand spanking new medication, 90% of medicines are generics. And people? They obtain quite a bit much less scrutiny.
Bloomberg: How Carcinogen-Tainted Generic Drug Valsartan Acquired Previous the FDA
Frontline did an investigation into the Legionnaires’ illness outbreak linked to Flint’s water disaster and located that 115 folks died of non-viral pneumonia. The official demise rely? 12.
PBS NewsHour: Flint’s Lethal Water
Any reader of the Breeze is aware of I can’t resist a superbug story, and this one is pretty traumatizing: It appears at how expert nursing amenities — which are sometimes understaffed and ill-equipped to deal with rigorous high quality management — have grow to be the “darkish underbelly” of drug-resistant infections.
The New York Instances: A Breeding Floor for a Deadly Scourge: Nursing Houses
Metropolis leaders in Austin, Texas, discovered a workaround to strict rules on offering public funding for abortions. If it may possibly’t pay for the process itself, town will assist with auxiliary prices like transportation and baby care.
Texas Tribune: Texas Advised Cities They Couldn’t Fund Abortion Suppliers. So Austin Is Funding Abortion Entry As an alternative.
Why would a homosexual New York Metropolis council member wish to repeal a ban on conversion remedy? It’s for the better good, he says.
The New York Instances: New York Metropolis Is Ending a Ban on Homosexual Conversion Remedy. Right here’s Why.
And that’s it from me for a bit! Have an incredible remainder of the month!