One week. 52 senators. Can Mitch McConnell get it done?

June 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)The math isn’t there yet for Mitch McConnell. The swift rejection may be a negotiating ploy, but the public nature of it is a reminder for McConnell of the deep reservations running through his own conference on a proposal that conservatives do not believe goes far enough to repeal Obamacare — and the monumental challenge that lies ahead as he looks for 50 “yes” votes. Protesters dragged away from senator’s office …

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Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

June 23, 2017

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head, captured the world’s attention after a …

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Trump Blames Democrats For Obstructing Health Care Bill They Haven’t Seen Yet

June 22, 2017

Speaking Wednesday at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Trump lamented criticism that his administration hasnt accomplished much yet and pointed a finger at Democratic lawmakers for slowing the passage of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable care Act. Trump tweeted similar complaintsearlier Wednesday. They just want to stop, they just want to obstruct. A few votes from the Democrats, seriously, a few votes from the Democrats, it could be so easy, so beautiful, and youd have cooperation. …

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Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff Falls Short In Bid For U.S. House Seat

June 21, 2017

… referendum on the American Health care Act, as the House bill is known, and a win for Ossoff would scare enough Senate Republicans into abandoning the effort. Ossoff , which he said puts Georgians lives at risk. He favored fixing Obamacare through largely unspecified bipartisan solutions. At the same time, he never quite made Handels support for the bill a of his campaign. One area where Ossoff did not hold back is on Handels tenure as a vice president for public policy at Susan G. Komen for …

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6 Tactics For Dealing With Political Stress

June 21, 2017

… zones To do that, its smart to establish boundaries for engaging in political rhetoric. Maybe that means disconnecting from social media in the evening, limiting your news catch-up to 20 minutes a day, or enjoying a family dinner free of political discussion or debate. 6. Prioritize self-care You may feel as if you are simply dedicated to the cause, Klapow said, but the reality is you [cannot] think as clearly if your physical needs, emotional needs, and social needs are not being met. …

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Psaki: Democrats, don’t lose your cool over Georgia vote

June 21, 2017

… sign for the midterms. They were right. Health care was a major issue in this election. And concluding that Handel’s narrow win is a validation of the Republican health care plan is wrong. It could have been the issue that narrowed the race. In a recent AJC poll, health care was the most important issue in the race, with 81% saying it was either extremely or very important in deciding their vote — more than any other issue. In the same poll, voters disapproved of …

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Don’t lose sleep over apnea, but treatment is crucial

June 21, 2017

(CNN)Last week, actress Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report contained a surprising detail: The Los Angeles medical examiner listed sleep apnea as a factor in the “Star Wars” actress’ death. Sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing while sleeping, for 10 seconds to a minute or longer. This can happen repeatedly during the night, causing blood-oxygen levels to dip and putting a strain on the heart. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on …

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Grenfell fire: Families given 200,000 from emergency fund – BBC News

June 21, 2017

Mohammad Alhajali, 23, was the first victim to be formally identified. Of those who were injured, 17 people remain in hospital, with nine in critical care, according to NHS England. What we know so far Who are the victims? Visual guide to what happened So far 126 hotel places have been found for residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk. The GRT, which includes local and regional government from across London, central government, the British Red Cross, Met Police and London Fire …

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Democrats Protest Senate Republican Health Care Secrecy

June 20, 2017

In a series of floor motions, inquiries and lengthy speeches, Democrats criticized the closed-door meetings that Republicans have been holding to craft a replacement for Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable care Act. They called for open committee hearings and more time to consider the bill before a Senate vote, which Republicans say could come in the next two weeks, although a draft bill has yet to emerge publicly. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said that the closed-door …

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Ironworker Challenges Paul Ryan In Powerful New Ad: ‘Let’s Trade Places’

June 20, 2017

Randy Bryce, a union ironworker, announced on Monday that he would seek the Democratic nomination to run against Ryan, and released a video emphasizing what has so far been the biggest issue of the year: health care. Theres no doubt in my mind that there are thousands of people like her who dont have what she has, Bryce said in the video. The system is extremely flawed. Lets trade places, Bryce said. Paul Ryan, you can come work the iron and Ill go to D.C. Republicans were quick to seize …

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5 things to watch in Georgia’s high-stakes House special election

June 20, 2017

(CNN)Democrats have been desperate to deal President Donald Trump a real setback at the ballot box for months — and all their hopes are riding on Tuesday’s House election in Georgia. A win by Democrat Jon Ossoff will give his party a crucial proof point that Trump’s unpopularity is damaging Republicans up and down the ballot — and make it much harder GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill to tie their own political fortunes to Trump on health care, tax reform and more. It would …

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GOP Senators Still Frustrated With Obamacare Repeal Bill, Still Doing Nothing About It

June 19, 2017

A bunch of Republican senators are frustrated with leadership plans to pass a sweeping health care bill with almost no public deliberation. In fact, they are so frustrated that they seem to have forgotten it would take just three of them to force a slower, more open process. The latest GOP senator to express concern is , of Florida. Toward the end of his appearance Sunday on CNNs State of the Union, his discussion with host Jake Tapper turned to health care legislation specifically, the bill …

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Why These Religious Leaders Are Standing With Planned Parenthood

June 19, 2017

Today, this history of activism has largely been overshadowed by prominent voices on the religious right, who promote the idea that it is impossible to be both religious and pro-abortion rights. 390,000 low-income womencould lose access to the abortion care, cancer screenings, STI testing, and other preventative services Planned Parenthood provides. In a new video released by Planned Parenthood, several clergy members spoke up about why their faith compels them to support the organizations …

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Hospital designs that are changing the way you’re cared for

June 19, 2017

(CNN)While the healthcare system in America is in a state of crisis, the hospitals, care centers and research facilities that make up the industry — in the States and abroad — have never looked better. “We’re seeing a lot of intersections with corporate America, retail, hospitality and civic [architecture],” she says. “It’s about: How do you attract and retain your community and your patients? How do you attract and retain doctors and …

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Four women face charges in Arkansas hot car death

June 17, 2017

(CNN)Four Arkansas women are facing manslaughter charges in the death of a 5-year-old boy who died after he was left inside a day care van all day, police said. The van’s driver 42-year-old Felicia Ann Phillips and three other employees, Pamela Lavette Robinson, 43, Kendra Washington, 40, and 43-year-old Wanda Taylor were fired on Wednesday and have been charged with manslaughter. Ascent Children’s Health Services CEO Dan Sullivan said the staff did not follow company …

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

… “They’ve sparked protests in the streets, refused to approve White House nominees, destroyed our health care system, and used the media to spew vicious rhetoric against the President.” Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi earlier pushed back hard at suggestions by some conservatives that left wing rhetoric was to blame for Wednesday’s attack. “I think that the comments made by my Republican colleagues are outrageous, beneath the dignity of the job that they …

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Four employees fired over day care van death

June 16, 2017

(CNN)Four Arkansas day care employees were fired Wednesday after the death of a 5-year-old who was left inside a van all day. “There are simply no words to express the overwhelming sadness we feel at the death of this child. We are heartbroken and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Ascent will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and state agencies as they investigate this tragic incident,” Sullivan said. …

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Ralph Northam Wins In Democratic Primary For Virginia Governor

June 14, 2017

… stumped against two natural gas pipelines slated to traverse the state, and refused donations from utility monopoly Dominion Power, which is building one of the pipelines. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam won Virginia’s contentious Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday. Perriello became a national Democratic darling during his only term in Congress in 2009-2010 after voting enthusiastically for the stimulus package and the Affordable care Act, in spite of his conservative district, which …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… insiders, was Theresa May’s U-turn on social care. Team May were apparently so confident of victory that they thought they could tackle the looming problem of social care costs – an issue parties scrapping to win elections have generally shied away from. But within hours the main thing many people knew about the Conservative programme for government was that it included a “dementia tax” that could lead to more people having to sell their homes to pay for care. The same …

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No one knows what the GOP health plan is, even Republicans

June 14, 2017

(CNN)Senate Republican leaders say they still hope to vote on a bill to repeal Obamacare before lawmakers leave town for the July 4th recess. Since House Republicans passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare last month after much hand-wringing and drama, a “working group” of Senate Republicans have been meeting to share their preferences for a health care bill. It is now up to the Senate Budget Committee — in consultation with key senators and leadership — to draft …

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Child found dead after being left in Arkansas day care van

June 13, 2017

(CNN)A 5-year-old Arkansas boy died Monday after he was left in a day care van all day, authorities said. West Memphis Police said the van for Ascent child care center picked up the boy before 7 a.m. and was supposed to drophim off at the center. The day care’s staff found him dead inside when they came to load children in the van to go home after 3 p.m. …

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16 Men And Women On The One Piece Of Advice They Wish They Could Give Their Younger Selves

June 12, 2017

… time. 9. If you think they might be into you and youre into them, then make a move. Dont wait. Do it. 10. Your parents will get old faster than you can imagine. Love them. 11. Appreciate the tiny moments. Theyll become the most memorable. 12. Read as often as you can, and step outside your comfort zone when choosing which books to devour. 13. Surround yourself with good people who care about you and will pick up the phone at 2am when you need them. Be that person for them as well and youre …

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GOP’s New Defense of Trump: The Guy’s A Toddler, He Doesn’t Know Any Better

June 9, 2017

… crucial U.S.air base when he issued a statement via Twitter accusing that nation of supporting terrorists. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the MSNBC report on Qatar was not accurate. 100 percent false, he said. Alex Wong via Getty Images As it happens, Trumps ignorance actually seemed a feature on the campaign trail, as many of his core supporters justified their allegiance in spite of his clear and sometimes admitted lack of knowledge on a range of issues, from health care to …

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Senate Republicans Are Closer Than Ever To Repealing Obamacare

June 7, 2017

… in place, but that could be problematic for conservative members. Rand Paul, for one, has citedany failure to fully wipe out Obamacare as a reason to vote no on a replacement bill. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters on Tuesday that he thought Paul was irretrievably gone on health care, although Pauls office later quipped that Graham had not yet applied for the open press assistant job in Pauls office. Other potential swing votes include Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), whose …

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Scientists Are Running For Congress Because “The Future Hangs In The Balance”

June 6, 2017

… ED and the EPA once and for all. The catastrophic GOP-authored American Health care Act (AHCA) has just made it through the House, which if enacted into law by the Senate would strip healthcare away from tens of millions of Americans. To add insult to injury, Trump still hasnt appointed a scientific advisor. If anyone is ever appointed to this role, it would be perhaps the most Sisyphean task in human history. Jess Phoenix, a volcanologist running for Congress. Jess Phoenix for Congress 2018 In …

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The GOP wants to make life harder for Americans with disabilties

June 5, 2017

BY MADHURI SATHISH Like reproductive health care access, the environment, and immigrants’ rights, provide a business owner with a written notice if they encountered a barrier to accessibility. This notice would have to be “specific enough to identify the barrier.” After that, the business owner has up to 180 days to resolve the problem: 60 to acknowledge that the problem even exists, and a further 120 to progress toward its resolution. urging them to think carefully …

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