- According to a report released by the California’s Department of Public Health, 111 people died last year under California’s new right-to-die law. It allows for California residents, age eighteen and older, to request life-ending medication from their doctor if they are suffering from a terminal illness and want to set their own timetable for their death.
- US Republican senator John McCain has predicted that the bill to roll back Obamacare would probably fail, adding to growing signs that the bill is in trouble. The Senate bill, which faces unified Democratic opposition, has been further imperilled during a week-long recess where several Republican senators have had to return to their states and face constituents strongly opposed to it.
- The Natural Resources Defense Council reported that about 40% of Americans live in counties where a “double whammy” of unhealthy levels of smog and ragweed pollen — both tied to climate change — combine to threaten respiratory health. California leads the list with 6 of the top 10 most polluted U.S. cities.
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According to a report released by the state’s Department of Public Health /
one hundred eleven people died last year under California’s new right-to-die law./ The End of Life Option Act went into effect on June nine two thousand and sixteen./ It allows for California residents, age eighteen and older /, to request life-ending medication from their doctor if they are suffering from a terminal illness and want to set their own timetable for their death./
Between June nine and December thirty one two thousand and sixteen/, two hundred fifty eight people initiated the process according to the report/. One hundred ninety-one people were prescribed the lethal medication,/ of which one hundred eleven patients “were reported by their physician to have died following ingestion of aid-in-dying drugs prescribed under EOLA.”/ Twenty-one people died as a result of their underlying terminal illness,/ and the outcome of the other fifty nine people who were prescribed drugs “is currently undetermined as there has been no outcome reported for these individuals within the time period covered by this report.”/
The majority of the one hundred eleven people who utilized the law were cancer patients according to the report./ The median age at time of death was seventy three. Most patients were white (eight nine point five percent), /enrolled in hospice/palliative care (eight three point three percent),/ and were covered by some type of health insurance (ninety six point four). /Sixty women and fifty one men died as a result of ingesting aid-in-dying drugs./
In California a mentally capable adult is eligible to partake in the End of Life Option Act if he or she is determined to have a terminal illness/ — meaning they have six months or less to live./ The patient must make two verbal requests of their doctor, at least fifteen days apart, / as well as one written request. The patient must affirm his or her request forty eight hours before ingesting the medication, which they must be able to self-administer,/ without the help of a physician, family member or friend./
A senior US Republican senator has predicted that the bill to roll back Obamacare would probably fail, / adding to growing signs that the bill is in trouble./
“My view is that it’s probably going to be dead/,” John McCain said on the CBS program Face the Nation/.The Senate bill which faces unified Democratic opposition/, has been further imperilled during a week-long recess where several Republican senators have had to return to their states and face constituents strongly opposed to it. / Senators return to Washington on Monday. / The Senate bill keeps much of Obamacare intact but strips away most of its funding./ It repeals most Obamacare taxes, overhauls the law’s tax credits and ends its Medicaid expansion/. It also goes beyond repealing Obamacare by cutting funding for the Medicaid program beginning in two thousand and twenty five./
The White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, /said on Sunday on Fox News that President Donald Trump expected Congress to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare./
The Republican senator Ted Cruz on Sunday said failure to pass the bill was “not an option” and the Senate effort had to focus on lowering premiums./ He pointed to an amendment he offered that is being scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office/, which assesses the impact of legislation./
Cruz’s amendment would allow insurers to offer plans that do not comply with Obamacare’s mandate that they charge sick and healthy people the same rates and that they cover a set of essential health benefits/, such as maternity care and prescription drugs, as long as they also offer plans that do comply with the regulations./
The Natural Resources Defense Council reported that about forty percent of Americans live in counties where a “double whammy” of unhealthy levels of smog and ragweed pollen — both tied to climate change — combine to threaten respiratory health./ Kim Knowlton, /a senior scientist at the NRDC stated that one hundred twenty seven million Americans live where ragweed and ozone can threaten their next breath / and this health threat will just get worse if we don’t curb climate change soon./
Climate change, / caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal, both worsens ozone pollution and extends the ragweed season, the report said./
The late summer and early autumn season for ragweed pollen is now almost a month longer in many parts of the U.S. than twenty years ago, / and that trend is likely to continue, the NRDC said./
California again leads the list with six of the top ten most polluted U.S. cities./ Smog forms on warm, sunny days and is made worse from the chemicals that come out of vehicle tailpipes and from power plant and industrial smokestacks./ It worsens respiratory illnesses such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease./ Plus, allergies alone can be life-threatening, especially in children said Perry Sheffield,/ a pediatrician at Mount Sinai in New York./