Obamacare and Planned Parenthood Get Axed by Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate took a first step toward dismantling the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, and defunding Planned Parenthood, and now the ball is in President Obama’s court. But the president has already stated his intention: he will veto the bill. The “Restoring America’s Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act” or less formally the “Obamacare …

Med Students Assail Proposed ACA Repeal at D.C. Event

WASHINGTON — Medical students descended on the nation’s capital on Monday to protest the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Hailing from all over the country, including as far away as Los Angeles, more than 50 medical trainees met with dozens of senators and legislative assistants, delivering petitions and hoping to dissuade Congress …

Doctors, Nurses Still Divided on Tom Price

WASHINGTON — When President-elect Trump chose Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, he poked an already buzzing hornet’s nest. Like the rest of the country, doctors, nurses, and medical students have very divided opinions about the government’s role in healthcare. Price’s nomination amplifies that division. The American Medical Association …

Healthcare Proponents Rally at Women’s March

WASHINGTON — Among the masses that descended on the nation’s capital Saturday for the Women’s March was Katie MacMillan, a fourth-year medical student. “This isn’t all about ‘Not-Trump,’” said MacMillan, referring to Donald Trump, who was sworn in as the 45th president on Friday. An aspiring pediatrician at Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, …

Optimism, Excitement, and Protest: An Inauguration Day Snapshot

WASHINGTON — Before and during Friday’s inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president, MedPage Today reporters were on the phone and on the scene to talk to healthcare providers — those taking care of the inauguration crowd as well as physician members of the audience — and members of Congress who are health …

DNC: Pro-Life Dems Want More Inclusion

PHILADELPHIA — Democrats for Life of America spoke about growing the Democratic party by electing more pro-life legislators at a luncheon downtown on Wednesday. The group also spoke favorably of Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick, but stopped short of an endorsement. “Being anti-abortion does not make you pro-life,” said Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards (D), …