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The House has passed a package of bills to limit the availability of weapons of attack on minors and other measures to prevent gun violence, but discussions in the Senate have yet to succeed on years of legal stalemate.
As inflation continues to be a top-level problem for voters, the Federal Trade Commission is scrutinizing the practices of pharmacy benefits managers and hospitals in an effort to preserve what price competition is in the bloated U.S. health system.
This week’s panelists are KHN’s Julie Rovner, Politico’s Alice Miranda Olstein, Bloomberg News’ Anna Adney and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Politico’s Joan Kennen.
In this week’s episode Takeway:
- Senators are meeting to try to find compromise measures on gun safety that could garner at least 10 Republican votes to clear a filibuster. The question around the city is whether Democrats are willing to settle for something that has been narrow enough to get the GOP vote. If not, this could be another example of a gun safety discussion.
- The Biden administration’s efforts to bring in child sources from other countries seem to be helping to provide relief to distressed families. Some data analysis says that the country is emerging from the peak of deficit. But that did not lessen the frustration with the FDA’s delay in tackling deficiencies and pollution problems at a major U.S. source manufacturing plant in Michigan that was forced to close. That plant has reopened this week, but it will take a few more weeks for the formula made there to start reaching the shelves.
- Democratic lawmakers, who fear the Supreme Court is about to overturn it Rowe vs. Wade The decision, which guarantees the right to abortion, calls on the Biden administration to take steps to help reduce its impact. However, even if an executive order is issued by the President, their influence will be limited. Because it is a move to overturn a court Rowe The abortion rules will leave it up to the states primarily.
- Opponents of abortion are already talking about their next goal, they want to see a national ban on abortion. But it creates a messaging problem because they have been arguing for years that abortion should be a state issue.
- Employers are beginning to feel the pressure on the issue, and several large companies have said they will offer benefits to employees to help them have abortions outside the state if their state bans the practice. Although for many workers, abortion is a personal decision; They do not want to let their employers know that they are considering one. Companies’ initiatives can also play a role in helping customers learn more about their policies when dealing with companies.
- The Federal Trade Commission has announced that it will look at pharmacy benefit managers, facilitators who discuss drug prices for health plans. Critics have argued that the merger between health plans and PBMs could help raise prices. The commission has recently sued several hospitals for blocking consolidation, arguing that they could hurt competition and raise prices.
- Congress is stuck with a bill to fund federal efforts to prepare for another wave of the Covid epidemic. Democrats have expressed concern that the country will have adequate vaccine and testing resources in the fall, but Republicans say other federal funds could be tapped if the new forms cause an increase in the number of cases.
Also this week, Rovner interviewed Corey Uselo of the American Academy of Actuarians about the latest report from Medicare’s board of trustees and why policymakers need to work before the program runs out of money.
Also, for extra credit, panelists recommend health policy stories of their choice for the week that they think you should read:
Julie Rovner: KHN’s “Misinformation Clouds America’s Most Popular Emergency Contraception,” by Sarah Verney
Alice Miranda Olstein: Politico “How many cowardly deaths are acceptable? Some Biden officials tried to guess, “by Rachel Levy
Anna Adney: 19th by Sheffield Luthra “Florida may be a serious access point for abortion, but the state’s own war is just beginning”
Joanne buys: According to The Trace “In 2019, Congress has pledged millions to study gun violence. The results are almost here, ”by Chip Brownlee
Also discussed in this week’s podcast:
The Washington Post by Robert B. George and Josh Craddock “Even if Rock is overturned, Congress must work to protect the unborn.”
Neil J. Sehgal, Dahai Yu, Eli Pope, Ren Hao Wang and Dylan H. Robi on health issues “Association between Covid-19 Mortality and the County-Level Partition Divide in the United States”
Bloomberg Act “Companies Urged to Review Balanced Abortion Coverage,” by Sarah Hansard
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