The Health News USA July 21 2017

Overview

  • Senator John McCain, 80, has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor. The senator underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. McCain is now recovering at his Arizona home. He and his family are considering treatment options, which will likely include radiation and chemotherapy, his doctors said.
  • The Arkansas Board of Health has approved emergency regulations to implement a new state law dictating how fetal remains must be handled after an abortion. The board decided Wednesday that abortion clinics won’t be responsible for handling fetal tissue in medication abortions that happen outside of their clinics.
  • A new poll suggests the US may be shifting toward the political left on the healthcare issue, with 62% saying it’s the federal government’s responsibility to make sure that all Americans have healthcare coverage, while 37% say it is not. Currently the U.S. has a hybrid system of paying for medical care, with employers, federal and state governments, and individuals sharing responsibility. Government at all levels pays close to half the annual three trillion dollar cost, and federal tax breaks support employer-provided coverage.

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Senator John McCain, eighty years old, has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor,   Mayo Clinic doctors directly involved in the senator’s care told CNN exclusively.  The doctors spoke directly to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Doctor Sanjay Gupta.

The senator underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.  Lab results from that surgery confirmed the presence of brain cancer associated with the blood clot.  Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive tumor that forms in the tissue of the brain and spinal cord, according to the American Brain Tumor Association.

“A pathologist was in the operating room during the procedure, a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision,”  said his doctor, who added that the surgery lasted about three to four hours.  Post-surgical brain scans show the tissue causing concern has been completely removed.  McCain is recovering “amazingly well,” according to a statement from his office.

The senator showed no neurological problems before or after the operation, said his doctors.  Though not identified by name, at McCain’s request,  his doctors were given permission to speak with Gupta, who is also a practicing neurosurgeon.

McCain is now recovering at his Arizona home.  He and his family are considering treatment options, which will likely include radiation and chemotherapy, his doctors said.

McCain’s diagnosis is the latest chapter in a storied life.  Tortured as a Vietnam prisoner-of-war, the maverick politician fell short of the pinnacle of politics with two failed presidential runs.  His absence from Washington in recent days has come at a politically inopportune time for a bill repealing and replacing Obamacare.  This week, McCain broke ranks and called for discussions with Democrats  and a full committee process to finally provide “Americans with access to quality and affordable health care.”

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The Arkansas Board of Health has approved emergency regulations to implement a new state law dictating how fetal remains must be handled after an abortion.  The board decided Wednesday that abortion clinics won’t be responsible for handling fetal tissue in medication abortions that happen outside of their clinics, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

The law passed by the Legislature this year will require clinics to ensure that fetal remains are handled in accordance to a two thousand and nine state law.  It’s expected to go into effect in August.

Rose Mimms, executive director of the anti-abortion group Arkansas Right to Life, said she didn’t have an issue with the board’s regulation.  She said that the law was never intended to really oversee medication abortions.  The new law is being challenged in a federal lawsuit supported by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights.  The lawsuit contends the law will limit medication abortions because it requires consent of third parties  and prevents someone from privately disposing of fetal tissue after a miscarriage.

Attorneys for the state said the law doesn’t restrict medication abortions or require the father be notified before the tissue disposal.

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Americans are not enthralled with “Obamacare” and they definitely don’t like the Republican plans offered in Congress, so what does the public want the government to do about health care?

A new poll suggests the country may be shifting toward the political left on the issue,  with sixty two percent saying it’s the federal government’s responsibility to make sure that all Americans have healthcare coverage, while thirty seven percent say it is not.  The survey findings from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research indicate a change in public attitudes over the past few months,  as concerns mounted about GOP legislation estimated to leave tens of millions without coverage.  

“Nobody should be without insurance,” said Louise Prieto of Fort Lee, New Jersey, a retiree covered by Medicare.  She said she’s most concerned about seniors, children and people with pre-existing medical conditions.  The latest Republican legislation — repealing “Obamacare” with no replacement— would increase the number of people who are uninsured by thirty two million in two thousand and twenty six, according to the Congressional Budget Office.  

Currently the U.S. has a hybrid system of paying for medical care,  with employers, federal and state governments, and individuals sharing responsibility.  Government at all levels pays close to half the annual three trillion dollar cost, and federal tax breaks support employer-provided coverage.

Employers cover more than one hundred seventy million workers, dependents, and retirees.  Medicare, the federal government’s flagship health care program,  covers about fifty six million retirees and disabled people.  Medicaid, a federal-state Medicaid partnership, covers more than seventy million low-income people, from newborns, to severely disabled people, to many elderly nursing home residents.  About twenty eight million people remain without coverage although former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law has brought the uninsured rate to a historic low of about nine percent.  

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