Manchin snarls VA nominee over abortion

Democrats hold a one-seat majority on the committee and cannot advance her nomination without Manchin’s vote as long as Republicans remain united. A Manchin spokesperson declined multiple requests to say whether he opposes her nomination, but said he opposes the policy. “Senator Manchin [has] made clear that the VA’s current abortion policy is a blatant … Read more

Biden’s cancer moonshot aims to spur cutting-edge tech and simple prevention

Here are three takeaways from the event, moderated by POLITICO’s Erin Schumaker and Katherine Ellen Foley: Exciting innovations are in the pipeline Administration officials, oncologists and leaders in the sector agreed: There are a number of exciting treatments in the pipeline — including high-risk, high-reward projects from the year-old Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health. … Read more

McMorris Rodgers doubles down on transparency bill

Here are three takeaways from the event: McMorris Rodgers doubles down on bill McMorris Rodgers acknowledged that things are very “fluid” with the PATIENT Act, which would lower Medicare payments to off-campus hospital outpatient clinics for Medicare drug reimbursements. A vote on the bill was scuttled earlier this week amid chaos on Capitol Hill surrounding … Read more

‘It’s everywhere‘: Fighting the war against fentanyl

The backdrop for their alarm is an increase in fatal drug overdoses during the Covid pandemic that has refused to abate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that illegal drugs killed 110,000 people last year, most of it driven by illicit fentanyl. Emergent BioSolutions, the maker of the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan, … Read more

Rough start for Covid vax rollout

The early stumbles are a threat to an administration hoping for robust uptake of the newest vaccine and an improved performance over last season’s shot when roughly 17 percent of the U.S. got it, according to the CDC figures from May. Health experts already fear the effects of pandemic fatigue and a growing wave of … Read more

Half a million people, including kids, mistakenly dropped from Medicaid

“By making sure the systems glitch is fixed in states across the country, we will help stop more families and children from becoming disenrolled simply because of red tape,” CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure told reporters. The agency’s announcement comes as states are reviewing Medicaid eligibility for the first time in three years. During the pandemic, … Read more

Trump steamrolls anti-abortion groups – POLITICO

“Are pro-lifers going to allow themselves to be a cheap date?” said Patrick Brown, a fellow with the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Life and Family Initiative. “Are they going to sit back and take it when candidates are denigrating the cause they dedicated their life to?” Trump’s attempt to have it both ways … Read more

Covid eroded trust in vaccines. The 2024 election may make it worse, experts warn.

It’s a movement organized in only the loosest of terms. It’s anti-vaccine and anti-science. It’s pro-medical freedom and pro-alternative medicine. But growth in the movement’s ranks has many in and out of government fearful that this campaign cycle will accelerate its spread, consolidate its strength and cement its place in the political milieu. “It’s going … Read more