The Health News USA October 4 2017

  • Single-payer health care is showing signs of increased popularity and durability — among Democratic voters, whose support for the policy remains solid even when faced with the potential costs. Health care has taken an increasingly prominent place in the American political debate over the past year, as Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration pushed to overhaul Obamacare.
  • An Ohio mother was horrified to find second-degree burns on her toddler’s body after she fell asleep with a pacifier clip stuck to her skin. Ashley Bilek claims doctors said her daughter Madelynn’s body heat was enough to cause the clip to stick to her during a nap this past July. She was rushed to the hospital where she diagnosed her with a second-degree burn.
  • President Trump won’t get another clear shot at repealing the health-care law until late winter or spring. Under the proposal released Friday, Republicans could still target President Obama’s “individual mandate” to hold insurance or other tax provisions within his signature healthcare law.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 4th of  October 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/30/politics/single-payer-democrats-support/index.html

Single-payer health care is showing signs of increased popularity and durability — among Democratic voters, whose support for the policy remains solid even when faced with the potential costs. Asked in a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday whether they support a single-payer system, in which the federal government would expand Medicare to cover the medical expenses of every American citizen, nearly two in three Democratic voters (sixty five percent) said it was a “good idea.” That result mostly fell in line with other recent surveys, which have shown increased backing among liberals and independents, with a slight upward trend across the board.

Health care has taken an increasingly prominent place in the American political debate over the past year, as Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration pushed to overhaul Obamacare. A Bloomberg poll conducted in July found that, for the first time in the history of the survey, Americans rated health care as the nation’s most pressing concern. The left’s fight to protect Obamacare, which united a Democratic Party still reeling over its failures in two thousand sixteen, further elevated the single-payer debate. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and his allies have long portrayed it as a moral imperative. But the potential for broader buy-in grew over the summer and reached an unlikely milestone earlier this month when Sanders unveiled a new “Medicare for all” bill on Capitol Hill. Unlike its predecessor, which had zero cosponsors, the new legislation arrived with the support of a third of the Senate Democratic group — including potential two thousand twenty presidential hopefuls like New York’s Kirstin Gillibrand and Kamala Harris of California. Sanders’ bill, though dead on arrival in this Republican-controlled Congress, provided some new details about how he would go about transitioning from the current system to a universal, government-backed program.


This Quinnipiac University poll was conducted from September twenty one to twenty six, two thousand seventeen among one thousand four hundred twelve registered voters. The margin of sampling error is positive three point one percentage points among the full sample; it is larger for subgroups like Democrats.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/09/29/toddler-suffers-second-degree-burns-from-pacifier-clip-mom-claims.html

An Ohio mother was horrified to find second-degree burns on her toddler’s body after she fell asleep with a pacifier clip stuck to her skin. Ashley Bilek claims doctors said her daughter Madelynn’s body heat was enough to cause the clip to stick to her during a nap this past July, Cleveland nineteen reported. “When I picked her up she screamed and grabbed her side,” Bilek told the news outlet. “I lifted up her shirt and saw that she had this perfect circular wound on her. I didn’t know what it was.” Bilek said she rushed Madelynn to Hillcrest Hospital where doctors reportedly diagnosed her with a second-degree burn.

Bilek has since filed a complaint about JJ Cole Pacifier Clip with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and wants other parents to be aware of potential dangers. “I would never use one again seeing what could happen,” she told Cleveland nineteen.  She added: “It might never happen again. I would never take a chance knowing what it did, and I don’t’ think anyone else should either.” The company provided a statement to the news outlet highlighting product safety and compliance with U.S. safety standards. The statement revealed that the company’s customer service department has been in contact with Bilek and is investigating the incident.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/1/tax-reform-delays-new-trump-shot-at-obamacare-repe/

The Senate GOP’s new budget pushes Obamacare repeal to the sidelines in its drive for sweeping tax cuts, meaning President Trump won’t get another clear shot at repealing the health-care law until late winter or spring. Under the proposal released Friday, Republicans could still target President Obama’s “individual mandate” to hold insurance or other tax provisions within his signature healthcare law. Yet the blueprint by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi was crafted with comprehensive tax reform in mind, leaving Mr. Trump to grapple with an ailing Obamacare marketplace before signups begin anew in the fall. Saturday was the final day that President Trump and his Senate GOP allies could leverage their  two thousand seventeen budget to replace Obamacare with block-grant legislation that would have let the states shape their own health markets, while avoiding a Democratic filibuster under a process known as “budget reconciliation.” Some Republicans wanted to restart the effort immediately under the new year’s blueprint. Budget-writers ignored that idea in the instructions they released Friday, giving the Senate Finance Committee to task of crafting a tax proposal that can pass with at least fifty GOP votes in the Senate.

Republicans say they will write yet another reconciliation bill — for fiscal two thousand nineteen — that lets them scrap the Affordable Care Act on GOP votes alone. That budget will be due by mid-April, pushing the thorny debate into midterm campaign season. In the meantime, bipartisan leaders of the Senate Health Committee said they are “making good progress” on a bill to stabilize an Obamacare market reeling from rising rates and dwindling choices.

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The administration plans to shut down HealthCare.gov for twelve hours of maintenance on five out of six Sundays during the open enrollment period from November one to mid-December. It’s also scheduled an overnight outage following the first day of signups on the website, which is used by more than three dozen states.

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