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McCain to Oppose Obamacare Repeal, Possibly Dooming GOP Effort

John McCainSenator John McCain said Friday he’ll vote against the GOP-only Obamacare repeal proposal, becoming the second Republican to oppose the measure and possibly dooming the ability of party leaders to enact it.

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal," McCain said in a statement. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried."

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Aaron Hernandez Found to Have Severe C.T.E.

Aaron Hernandez found to have severe CTE

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who committed suicide in April while serving a life sentence for murder, was found to have a severe form of C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma that has been found in more than 100 former N.F.L. players.

Researchers at Boston University who examined the brain determined it was “the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron’s age,” which was 27.

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Livid Jimmy Kimmel Turns Up The Heat On Sen. Bill Cassidy For Second Night

Jimmy KimmelFor the second night in a row Wednesday, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel raged against a Senate bill meant to repeal Obamacare. It followed an impassioned critique of Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that captured media headlines just a day before.

Kimmel used the opening monologue of his Tuesday “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show to slam Cassidy and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), co-sponsors of a measure that would end the Affordable Care Act. The new bill, which Republican leaders are trying to ram through the Senate before the end of the month, would leave states with substantially less money to spend on health care, all but forcing them to cut programs so that literally millions of people would end up without insurance coverage. The bill would also allow states to waive rules that guarantee coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

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ObamaCare enrollment groups learn extent of Trump cuts

Trump slashes ACA navigator funds by 85%

State and local groups now know how much funding they'll have to help enroll people in the ObamaCare exchanges after the Trump administration slashed the total grant money available, according to two sources.

The groups, known as navigators, have been worried over their funding for ObamaCare enrollment, outreach and education. On Aug. 31, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the total funds available for these groups would decrease from $62.5 million to $36.8 million, a 41 percent cut.

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Over 45,000 pounds of sugar dumped in Times Square illustrates alarming child health trend

Sugar dumped in times squareSnack company KIND dumped 45,485 pounds of sugar in Times Square Tuesday to spark conversation about how much added sugar children consume.

The American Heart Association recommends children eat no more than 100 calories (about six teaspoons) of added sugars, also known as free sugars, daily. But, children are eating much more than that — over 270 calories according to data in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Most comes from sweetened drinks.

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Researchers develop new tool to fight antibiotic resistance

New tool for fighting anti biotic resistanceAntibiotic resistance is a problem that has plagued researchers for years, but now researchers have developed a tool to combat antibiotic resistance.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistance is responsible for at least 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States.

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Trump administration ends funding for teen pregnancy programs

Trump ends funding for teen pregnancyA nationwide, successful teen pregnancy prevention program is being eliminated under President Donald Trump's proposed FY 2018 budget, with all organizations funded by it notified this month their funding will end next year.

As part of the proposed budget, the Trump Administration plans to halt funding of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention, or TPP, Program two years early by eliminating $213.6 million to over 81 TPP organizations, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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