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CBO: Pulling Obamacare subsidies would drive up premiums, increase deficit

CBO warns about pulling Obamacare subsidiesScrapping Obamacare’s cost-sharing subsidies would increase premiums on the most popular plans by 20 percent next year and swell the deficit by $194 billion over a decade, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.

President Donald Trump has threatened to eliminate the subsidies, estimated to be $7 billion this year, before the next payments are due next week. Insurers rely on the subsidies to reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income Obamacare customers.

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How the Trump administration is spending millions to shore up Obamacare

Congress shoring up ObamacarePresident Donald Trump has threatened to blow up Obamacare. But his own administration is separately dangling hundreds of millions of dollars before states to bail out their insurance markets.

Alaska will get $323 million over the next five years to coax its lone Obamacare insurer to remain in the market and hold down premiums. At least four other states, including some that have vociferously opposed the Affordable Care Act, are seeking similar deals.

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Trump expected to roll back LGBT protections in ObamaCare

Trump expected to roll back LBGT protectionsThe Trump administration appears poised to roll back ObamaCare’s anti-discrimination protections for transgender patients, a move that has activist groups girding for a fight.

A proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to be released in the coming weeks or months that opponents say would make it easier for doctors and hospitals to deny treatment to transgender patients and women who have had abortions.

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Football’s Concussion Crisis Is Killing Former High School Players, Too

Former HS footballers dying of CTEImagine your husband hanging from the rafters in the garage, or your father dead in a barn outside his home. Let’s say he played football decades ago in high school or college, never sniffed the NFL. Then he got a job, raised a family. But the game caught up with him, and now he’s one of its faceless casualties.

The issue of concussions in football wouldn’t seem so abstract anymore, would it?

Michael King was a beloved doctor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, known in the community for his interest in sports medicine. Michael’s son, Alex King, would sometimes tag along on patient visits when the boy was 5 or 6 years old, and remembers his father’s compassion.

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47 Hospitals Slashed Their Use Of 2 Key Heart Drugs After Huge Price Hikes

Drug price hikes lead to disuse by hospitalsEven before media reports and a congressional hearing vilified Valeant Pharmaceuticals International for raising prices on a pair of lifesaving heart drugs, Dr. Umesh Khot knew something was very wrong.

Khot is a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, which prides itself on its outstanding heart care. The health system's internal monitoring system had alerted doctors about the skyrocketing cost of the drugs, nitroprusside and isoproterenol. But these two older drugs, frequently used in emergency and intensive care situations, have no direct alternatives.

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Texas Is About To Ban Insurance Plans From Covering Abortion

Texas about to ban insurance for aborrtionsTexas is inching closer to banning insurance coverage for abortion ― with no exceptions for rape, incest or severe fetal anomalies.

On its third reading Wednesday, the Texas House passed HB 214 prohibiting coverage for all “elective” (i.e. non-emergency) abortions. It applies to women who have plans through their employer or through the Affordable Care Act.

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Former quarterback Boomer Esiason says he probably has CTE

Boometr has CTEFormer NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason seems resigned to the fact that he could have a brain injury from his years of playing football.

"If I died tomorrow and my brain was taken and researched and it was found that I had CTE, which, most likely I have," he said Monday on his radio show "Boomer and Carton."

"All football players probably have it, the way I read it and the way I see it."

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