health-care

National Pharmacare Program: The Pros and Cons

The federal government wants to establish a national formulary and reduce drug costs for those facing rare conditions as it moves toward universal pharmacare. While there is wider agreement on these initial steps, a national pharmacare program remains a hotly contested idea. The Sept. 23…

The Health-Care Fight Republicans Can’t Afford

There’s a reason Donald Trump has never produced a health-care plan that protects consumers with preexisting medical conditions: Ending protections for the sick is the central mechanism that all GOP health-care proposals use to try to lower costs for the healthy. Every alternative to the…

Axios-Ipsos poll: Americans won’t take Trump’s word on the vaccine

Data: Axios/Ipsos survey; Note: Margin of error for the total sample is ±3.2%; Chart: Axios Visuals Barely two in 10 Americans would take a first-generation coronavirus vaccine if President Trump told them it was safe — one of several new measures of his sinking credibility…

Global coronavirus death toll crosses 1 million

Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios The global toll of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 crossed 1 million on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins. By the numbers: More than half of those deaths have come in four countries: the U.S. (204,762), Brazil…

The childless vaccine

It’ll likely be a long time before children are vaccinated against COVID-19, even though vaccinating kids could eventually play an integral role in reducing the virus’ spread. The big picture: None of the leading contenders in the U.S. are being tested for their effectiveness in…

Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale hospitalized

Police responded to a home owned by former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale in Fort Lauderdale Sunday evening after his wife called to say he “had guns and was threatening to harm himself,” officers confirmed to the Sun Sentinel. Details: Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Karen…

Trump says Supreme Court ending Obamacare would be “a big WIN”

President Trump on Sunday tweeted that the Supreme Court invalidating the Affordable Care Act would be “a big WIN for the USA!” Why it matters: Democrats have argued that confirming a Trump-appointed justice to the Supreme Court would put the Affordable Care Act, which protects…

Texas city declares disaster after brain-eating amoeba found in water supply

Texas authorities have issued a warning amid concerns that the water supply in the southeast of the state may contain the brain-eating amoeba naegleria fowleri following the death of a 6-year-old boy. Details: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a “do not use” water…

New York daily coronavirus cases top 1,000 for first time since June

New York on Friday reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases for the first since June. Why it matters: The New York City metropolitan area was seen as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the spring. But strict social distancing and mask mandates helped…

Trump Vows to Send $200 Drug Discount Cards to America’s Seniors

President Donald Trump has promised to send $200 drug discount cards to 33 million seniors enrolled in Medicare, as part of his administration’s effort to address high prescription drug costs. “Nobody’s seen this before, these cards are incredible,” Trump said at a speech on health…

Where bringing students back to school is most risky

Data: Coders Against COVID; Note: Rhode Island and Puerto Rico did not meet minimum testing thresholds for analysis. Values may not add to 100% due to rounding; Cartogram: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios Schools in Southern and Midwestern states are most at risk of coronavirus transmission, according to…

Global coronavirus vaccine initiative launches without U.S. or China

Data: Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; Map: Naema Ahmed/Axios A global initiative to ensure equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines now includes most of the world — but not the U.S., China or Russia. Why it matters: Assuming one or more vaccines ultimately gain approval, there will…

Gov. Cuomo: New York will conduct its own review of coronavirus vaccine

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Thursday that the state will move forward with its own review process of coronavirus vaccines even if the Food and Drug Administration approves one or more for distribution and public use. Why it matters: The motion could sow…

Reopening the ACA debate is politically risky for GOP

Data: Kaiser Family Foundation, The Cook Political Report; Notes: Those losing insurance includes 2020 ACA marketplace enrollment and 2019 Medicaid expansion enrollment among newly-eligible enrollees. Close races are those defined as “Toss up” or “Lean R/D”; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios The sudden uncertainty surrounding the future…

FDA chief vows agency will not accept political pressure on coronavirus vaccine

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn promised that “science will guide our decision” for a coronavirus vaccine at a Senate hearing on Wednesday. Why it matters: More Americans are expressing doubt about a first-generation vaccine, despite President Trump’s efforts to push an unrealistic timeline…

The FDA plans to toughen coronavirus vaccine standards

The Food and Drug Administration plans to toughen the requirements for a coronavirus vaccine emergency authorization, which would make it more difficult for one to be ready by the election, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Why it matters: Public skepticism of an eventual vaccine keeps…

GoodRx prices IPO at $33 per share, valued at $12.7 billion

GoodRx, a price comparison app for prescription drugs at local pharmacies, on Tuesday night raised $1.14 billion in its IPO, Axios has learned. By the numbers: GoodRx priced its shares at $33 a piece, above its $24-$28 per share offering range, which will give it…

Axios-Ipsos poll: Vaccine resistance grows

Data: Axios/Ipsos surveys. 1,100 U.S adults surveyed Aug. 28-31, 2020, and 1,008 U.S. adults surveyed Sept. 18-21,2020; Chart: Axios Visuals The share of Americans eager to try a first-generation coronavirus vaccine dropped significantly in the latest installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, as President Trump…

The CDC’s crumbling reputation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly removed new guidance saying that the coronavirus spreads via aerosols from its website yesterday, drawing a fresh barrage of criticism. The big picture: Concerns about the CDC’s competence and politicization have only grown as the pandemic rages…

Texas and Louisiana face fresh flood threat from Tropical Storm Beta

Tropical Storm Beta crossed the Texas coast near the southern end of the Matagorda Peninsula late Monday, the National Hurricane Center said, bringing with it the risk of “life-threatening storm surge” and flooding to parts of Texas and Louisiana. What’s happening: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott…

CDC updates guidance to say coronavirus can be spread through the air

The CDC updated its guidance on Friday to acknowledge that the coronavirus can be transmitted through the air at distances farther than six feet and through “droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols” like coughs or sneezes. Why it matters: The update —…

A Trump Supreme Court pick would put the ACA in much greater danger

The Supreme Court vacancy created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death leaves the Affordable Care Act in much greater jeopardy than it was just a few days ago. The big picture: Conventional wisdom had held that Chief Justice John Roberts would likely join with the court’s…

Inside Joe Biden’s Supreme Court strategy

Joe Biden’s closing argument will shift to a dominant emphasis on health care, turning the looming Supreme Court fight into a referendum on coverage and pre-existing conditions, officials tell Axios. Why it matters: Biden aides believed they were winning when the race was about the…

Don’t Make the Election About the Court

I know that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s empty Supreme Court seat has provoked an epic, long-awaited clash between Democrats and Republicans, that the very principle of judicial independence hangs dangerously in the balance. I realize that the social-media wave cannot be stopped, that the talking heads…

Pelosi: Trump wants to “crush” Affordable Care Act with Ginsburg replacement

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that President Trump is rushing to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg because he “wants to crush the Affordable Care Act.” Why it matters: Pelosi wants to steer the conversation around…

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