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Volume IV, Issue 42

Oct. 16 , 2017
The Drug Industry's Triumph Over the DEA
Scott Higham and Lenny Bernstein report for The Washington Post on Oct. 15, 2017:
Amid a targeted lobbying effort, Congress weakened the DEA's ability to go after drug distributors, even as opioid-related deaths continue to rise, a Washington Post and 60 Minutes investigation finds.
"The drug industry, the manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and chain drugstores, have an influence over Congress that has never been seen before," said  Joseph T. Rannazzisi, who ran the DEA's division responsible for regulating the drug industry and led a decade-long campaign of aggressive enforcement until he was forced out of the agency  in 2015. "I mean, to get Congress to pass a bill to protect their interests in the height of an opioid epidemic just shows me how much influence they have."
Trump Axes ACA Cost-sharing Subsidy Payments to Insurers
Josh Dawsey and Paul Demko report for Politico on 10/12/2017:
President Donald Trump plans to cut off subsidy payments to insurers selling Obamacare coverage in his most aggressive move yet to undermine his predecessor's health care law. The subsidies, which are worth an estimated $7 billion this year and are paid out in monthly installments, may stop almost immediately, since Congress hasn't appropriated funding for the program.

According to the article:
The decision - which leaked out only hours after Trump signed an executive order calling for new regulations to encourage cheap, loosely regulated health plans - delivered a double whammy to Obamacare after months of failed GOP efforts to repeal the law. With open enrollment for the 2018 plan year set to launch in two weeks, the moves seem aimed at dismantling the law through executive actions.
VA conceals shoddy care and health workers' mistakes
Donovan Slack and Michael Sallah report for USA TODAY on 10/11/17:
A months-long U SA TODAY Network investigation reveals that for years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs concealed mistakes and misdeeds by staff members entrusted with caring for veterans.

According to the article:
The VA has been under fire in recent years for serious problems, including revelations of life-threatening delays in treating veterans in 2014 and efforts to cover up shortfalls by falsifying records. New VA leaders promised accountability, including increased transparency and a crackdown on bad employees.



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