Volume IV, Issue 3

Jan. 16, 2017
Senate Takes First Step To Repeal Obamacare
House Clears Path for Repeal of Health Law
In a January 12, 2017 NPR post by Danielle Kurtzleben and Ailsa Chang:

At about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Republicans moved one step closer to repealing a law they have railed against since the moment it was passed nearly seven years ago.

By a final vote of 51-48, the Senate approved a budget resolution that sets the stage for broad swaths of the Affordable Care Act  <aka Obamacare> to be repealed through a process known as budget reconciliation. The resolution now goes to the House, where leaders are hoping to approve it by the end of the week.

Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear, in a New York Times post on Jan. 13, 2017, report:

The House cleared the way on Friday for speedy action to repeal the Affordable Care Act, putting Congress on track to undo the most significant health care law in a half-century.

With a near party-line vote of 227 to 198, the House overcame the opposition of Democrats and the anxieties of some Republicans to approve a budget blueprint that allows Republicans to end major provisions of President Obama's health care law without the threat of a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.

To Repeal and Replace Obamacare once seemed an absurd Republican vow but now part I of the promise (Repeal) looks close to realization. Meanwhile, according to the NPR article:

...large questions still loom over how - and when - Republicans will replace the health care law.

The authors of the New York Times article echo that sentiment:

President-elect Donald J. Trump, Speaker Paul D. Ryan and other Republican leaders now face a much bigger challenge: devising their own plan to ensure broad access to health care and coverage while controlling costs <i.e. replacement>.
This might be how stress and heart attacks are linked  
Jacqueline Howard, in a CNN post dated January 11, 2017, reports:

Scientists have long known that stress can influence your heart health, but exactly how this relationship takes place has been something of a mystery -- until now.

Activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain associated with fear and stress, can predict your risk for heart disease and stroke, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet on Wednesday.

In the Interpretation section of the study abstract, the authors state:

In this first study to link regional brain activity to subsequent cardiovascular disease, amygdalar activity independently and robustly predicted cardiovascular disease events. Amygdalar activity is involved partly via a path that includes increased bone-marrow activity and arterial inflammation. These findings provide novel insights into the mechanism through which emotional stressors can lead to cardiovascular disease in human beings.
Trump: Big Pharma Getting Away with Murder    
Eric Sagonowsky, in a FiercePharma post dated January 11, 2017, reports:

At his first press conference since July, Trump said Wednesday that the industry is "getting away with murder"-and the government needs to take action.

A typical Republican does not go after Big Pharma. Trump is not a typical Republican. 



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