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Former health chiefs to Trump: Avoid new ‘Obamacare’ crisis

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t make things worse. That’s the advice of former U.S. health secretaries of both parties to President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress, now that “Obamacare” seems here for the foreseeable future. The 2018 sign-up season for subsidized private health plans starts Nov. 1, with about 10 million people currently served through HealthCare.gov and its state counterparts. Stability should be the immediate goal, said former Health and Human Services secretaries Kathleen Sebelius, Mike Leavitt and Tommy Thompson. … Read the referenced story here: Former…

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Trump’s Crisis Spurs Talk of White House Departures

President Donald Trump’s turnabout on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, has rocked his administration, leading to rising speculation that some top officials may be looking for a way out. A parade of business executives broke ties with Trump on Wednesday, a day after he blamed white nationalists and counterprotesters in equal measure for the weekend clashes that left one woman dead. Now, frustrated aides could be next. Trump’s remarks have left some wondering if sticking by the president comes at too high a cost to their reputations. “A lot of…

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Pharmaceuticals Must Pay For Role in Opioid Crisis

Mke DeWine, Toledo BladeFelicia Detty loved with all her heart. Growing up in southern Ohio in the rural village of Frankfort, she earned the nickname Bug because she gave the best hugs. Her dad was her best friend, and her daughter, Averie, was the love of her life. At 18, when Felicia visited the emergency room for severe tooth pain, she hadn’t planned on getting addicted to prescription pain pills or later heroin. As her mother, Christina, put it: She had no intention of growing up saying, ‘I want to…

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