Healthcare — Bipartisan Senators Push to Protect Abortion Rights


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In health care news, a bipartisan group of senators is looking to codify abortion rights into law after a Democrat-only effort failed.

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Senators Introduce Bill To Codify Abortion Rights

A bipartisan group of senators passed legislation Monday that would enshrine the right to abortion in federal law, but it faces an uncertain future.

Sens’s bill. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) come after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, the groundbreaking case over abortion rights, and left the power to regulate the procedure to individual states.

Details: The bill aims to prevent states from passing laws that impose an “unnecessary burden” on access to previable abortions, while also putting some “reasonable” limits on postviability abortions, as long as they do not affect life. and maternal health.

  • The bill does not define viability, or what would endanger a mother’s life and health. That’s up to the patient’s healthcare provider

Chance of success: Not promising.

The bipartisan legislation is an attempt to find a middle ground on abortion rights after a Democrat-only effort, the Women’s Health Protection Act, failed twice on the Senate floor this year. But we’re not likely to get 10 GOP co-sponsors.

Read more here.

Manchin talks to Sinema about health and climate

All eyes are on Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to determine the fate of Democrats’ sweeping health, climate and tax package as it heads for a potential vote this week.

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sen. Joe Manchin (UKTN.Va.) said Monday he will talk to fellow centrist Sinema about supporting the bill.

Sinema has kept quiet about whether she will support the deal, which will require the votes of all 50 members of the Senate Democratic caucus to pass.

Taxes can be the delay: The Arizona senator last year expressed opposition to closing the interest tax loophole for asset managers, something Manchin insisted is part of the deal.

Manchin said he didn’t keep Sinema updated during his talks with Schumer because he didn’t know if a deal was possible, but said he plans to meet with her Monday afternoon, when the Senate is expected to vote on a judicial decision. candidate for Virginia Eastern District Court.

Manchin said last week he was “determined” to stick with a proposal to close the interest rate loophole, allowing money managers to pay a capital gains tax rate on the income they earn from profitable investments.

Sinema’s staff said the senator is reviewing the legislation.

about drug prices: Sinema helped negotiate a deal on the drug pricing section months ago, which has remained largely intact ever since.

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The White House has identified six additional close contacts of President Biden linked to his COVID-19 rebound case, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday.

There were 17 close contacts associated with Biden’s original positive test after he returned from a trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia. None of those individuals have since tested positive for COVID-19, Jean-Pierre said.

Biden is feeling fine, Jean-Pierre said, adding that the president did not experience “recurring” symptoms such as fatigue or pain, while acknowledging that he has a persistent cough. She noted that the president often coughs regardless of his COVID-19 diagnosis.

  • “Many of us have had Covid and it’s usually persistent symptoms and that’s what I’m talking about,” Jean-Pierre said.
  • “He has worked more than 8 hours a day,” she added. “That’s a schedule he continues to follow. Instead of doing it in the Oval Office, he does it in the residence.”
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Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, three days after testing negative and coming out of isolation after his original positive test.

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sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) announced Monday that he had tested positive for COVID-19, which could further complicate the math of floor voting for Republicans and Democrats at the start of a busy week for the Senate.

  • “After dodging for over 2 years, I tested positive for COVID-19,” Cornyn wrote on Twitter.
  • “I’ve been fully vaccinated and boosted, and I’m doing well,” he said. “While in quarantine, I will continue to fight Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin’s massive tax hike on remote working families, in accordance with CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines.”

Senate Democrats hope to pass this week their multi-billion dollar climate, tax and health care package, announced Wednesday by Senate Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) and Senator Joe Manchin (UKTN.Va.). Republicans are expected to unanimously oppose the measure, and the GOP has criticized the West Virginia Democrat for supporting it.

Schumer and Manchin are aiming to pass the package under Reconciliation, a secretive budget rule that avoids the 60 Senate vote threshold required on most bills.

Read more here.

Federal, local officials blame monkey pox

Local health authorities and lawmakers have repeatedly called on the Biden administration to take more action in response to the monkeypox outbreak. Now the White House appears to be pushing back by trying to spread the blame to state and local governments.

  • Minister of Health and Human Services (HHS), Xavier Becerra, said at a press conference on Thursday about monkeypox that state and local governments “ultimately determine how health care is managed in their jurisdictions.”
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He further stated that the federal government has no control over public health in “territories and in the jurisdiction of the tribe”.

“They have to work with us,” Becerra said.

What local healthcare organizations have to say: Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said he and his organization were “a little surprised” by what Becerra said.

Adriane Casalotti, chief of public and government affairs for the National Association of County and City Health Officials, said local health departments still depend on other parts of the U.S. public health system to act adequately against monkeypox.

“For example, except for about five cities, no local health departments get direct — most of our partners don’t get a direct assignment of vaccines,” Casalotti said.

Read more here.


  • From low wages to workplace culture, obstacles block the path to diversity in EMS (Stat)
  • How the US passed 20 million doses of monkeypox vaccine (New York Times)
  • Critics say “monkeypox” is a racist name. But it won’t go away soon (NPR)
  • Covid case Biden highlights confusing CDC guidelines on ending isolation (Washington Post)


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