Monday , 23 October 2017


McConnell says he's awaiting Trump guidance on health care

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he’s willing to bring bipartisan health care legislation to the floor if President Donald Trump makes clear he supports it. A proposal by two senators – Republican Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington – would extend for two years federal insurance payments that Trump has blocked, in an effort ... Read More »

Canada PM 1st thought Mugabe post was 'bad joke'

The Latest on Zimbabwe’s leader as “goodwill ambassador” for the World Health Organization (all times local): 10:05 p.m. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he first thought the appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador” for the World Health Organization was a “bad April Fool’s joke.” Trudeau told reporters he was dismayed by the choice of 93-year-old ... Read More »

US military protects Americans' rights 'to criticize us': Ret. Gen. Petraeus

Retired four-star U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus said the military protects Americans’ rights “to criticize us” — an apparently different view than that of the White House press secretary who said it’s “highly inappropriate” to debate a U.S. general. “We in uniform protect the rights of others to criticize us, frankly,” ret. Gen. David Petraeus told ABC News “This Week” ... Read More »

FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus

U.S. regulators have approved a new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus. Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said the Food and Drug Administration approved it late Friday. It will be the second shingles vaccine in the U.S. market. Merck launched the first one in 2006. Studies paid for by Glaxo found it prevents shingles in ... Read More »

Heart transplant survivor runs half-marathon with her team of doctors

Kristin Marx finished the Milwaukee Half-Marathon Sunday, surrounded by family, friends and her cardiac-care team. It was a huge accomplishment for Marx, 37, who said she’d come up with the “crazy idea” with her sister-in-law one day in July. “We thought, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to do a half-marathon.’ It was kind of in a joking way and I ... Read More »

Top Dems nix White House demands to alter health care deal

Top Senate Democrats rejected White House demands Friday to add provisions weakening the Obama health care law to a bipartisan deal on steadying unsettled insurance markets. The compromise already faced an uphill path and this was the latest blow. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the Trump administration was involved in the negotiations that produced the accord and “should ... Read More »

More cancer patients now have insurance because of Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has led to a dramatic decrease in the number of adults with cancer who lacked health insurance, new research shows. But whether future changes to this law could reverse the trend remains to be seen. “We wanted to understand what the ACA did, especially for vulnerable populations,” according to Aparna Soni, a ... Read More »

The Latest: 2 senators formally propose health deal

The Latest on the bipartisan health deal in the Senate (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Two leading senators have formally proposed their bipartisan compromise for steadying health insurance markets. The measure has 24 sponsors, half Republicans and half Democrats. The two main authors hope that number will help persuade President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to consider ... Read More »

Amid doctors' hunger strike, Poland may boost health budget

Poland announced plans Thursday to significantly increase spending on health care as a hunger strike by young doctors demanding more funding entered its third week. Poland’s health care system is chronically underfunded and there are often months-long waiting lists for medical procedures. Minister Henryk Kowalczyk, in charge of economic affairs, said the conservative government would debate a plan next week ... Read More »

GOP senator criticizes Trump's response on health proposal

Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s inconsistent stance on a bipartisan health deal has hurt prospects for the Senate proposal aimed at stabilizing insurance markets and lowering premiums over the short term. “It’s always best for the president to be completely consistent in terms of what he’s supporting or not supporting,” Johnson told reporters at ... Read More »