Health Care — Biden boosts ‘cancer moonshot’ with JFK nods

Spare a thought for the people of Stow, Mass: They no longer have a Dunkin’Donuts in the town, and now have to drive as far as a mile and a half for theirmedium "regulah."  

President Biden on Monday delivered a speech to promote his “cancer moonshot” initiative to end cancer reminiscent of former President John F. Kennedy’s push to reach the moon. 

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Health care is, once again, Democrats’ key to victory

Democrats are experiencing newfound momentum with less than two months until the midterm elections — but how can they ensure it lasts through November? 

After months of a doom-and-gloom outlook — as most were predicting that 2022 would be a repeat of the 1994 and 2010 midterms, where the party lost 53 and 63 seats, respectively — Democrats have been dealt some encouraging news as of late.

They now lead in the generic vote for Congress by 4 points after trai...

The Hill’s Morning Report — Spending bill, Jan. 6 hearings highlight House’s return

The House returns to work this week with a full plate, headlined by the push to fund the government and the resumption of hearings by the Jan. 6 committee, as part of a key monthlong stretch before the November elections.

After a month away, the to-do list for Democratic lawmakers is straightforward: keep the government’s lights on and chalk up some more legislative wins ahead of the midterms. However, that doesn’t mean this will happen easily, as Democrats are facing a number o...

Religion and Samuel Alito’s time bomb

An irresponsible sentence that Justice Samuel Alito wrote eight years ago may now excuse religious people from nearly every legal obligation they have, so long as a hypothetical, nonexistent government program could substitute for it.

That became clear this week when Judge Reed O’Connor declared in Braidwood Management v. Becerra that employers with religious objections may offer health plans without drugs that prevent transmission of HIV, contraception, the HPV vaccine and sc...

Why a Texas health care ruling could have dire impacts on affordability of care

Story at a glance
  • Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, employers are required to provide full coverage for certain preventive services.
  • However, a new ruling out of Texas found coverage of certain services, like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), violates employers’ rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  • Should this decision be upheld, experts say it will undermine efforts aimed at preventing a myria...

Democrats seek campaign opportunity with ObamaCare court ruling

Democrats are seizing on a federal judge's ruling against ObamaCare's prevention coverage as an opportunity to campaign on preserving health care just two months before the midterm elections.

The ruling on Wednesday by Judge Reed O'Connor in Texas escalates another battle over ObamaCare, and could jeopardize access to preventive care for millions of Americans, including screenings for colorectal and other cancer, depression and hypertension, among many other&...

Keeping the public interest in public health is key to combatting disease

On Aug. 23, Director Rochelle Walensky called for a paradigm shift in the manner the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do their work. 

“In these pandemic moments, we found ourselves having to talk to a broader audience,” she said. “We didn’t have to convince the scientific audience — we had to convince the American people.”  

This shift is critical if the efforts of the CDC are to fully understand, address and co...

The Hill’s Morning Report — Mar-a-Lago documents drama rattles some in GOP


Biden administration ‘reviewing’ Texas judge’s decision on HIV drug coverage

The Biden administration announced Wednesday night it was reviewing a Texas judge's ruling that declared a part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requiring that health care employers provide HIV preventive drugs unconstitutional.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted the administration was reviewing the decision because the ACA "has been the law of the land for over 10 years."

"That guarantee is critical to the health and wellbeing of millions of Americ...