Overnight Healthcare: Clinton blasts GOP ahead of ObamaCare repeal

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Pelosi blasts California Republicans for supporting tax bill MORE on Monday denounced Republicans ahead of a vote in the House this week to repeal the core of ObamaCare and defund Planned Parenthood for one year.

At a speech in Davenport, Iowa, Clinton said Republicans are "willing to turn their backs" on the millions of people who have been helped by the Affordable Care Act.

She warned that while President Obama can veto the bill when it reaches his desk, ObamaCare could actually be repealed and Planned Parenthood defunded if a Republican is elected to the White House.

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"If there's a Republican sitting there, it will be repealed and then we will have to start all over again," she said. "I don't think the stakes could be higher."

Clinton also stepped up her attacks on pharmaceutical and health insurance companies, saying Republicans want "to turn our healthcare system back to the insurance companies, so if you have a pre-existing condition it will be hard for you to afford care."

Republicans are billing the measure, which is being approved under special budget rules that prevent a Senate filibuster, as their first chance to actually get an ObamaCare repeal to President Obama's desk. While he is sure to veto the measure, Republicans say the bill at least makes clear to the public the difference between the parties on healthcare. Read more here.

CBO: BILL ROLLING BACK OBAMACARE CHEAPER: A GOP-led effort to repeal the biggest parts of ObamaCare would cost about $42 billion less than previously expected, saving more than a half-trillion dollars over a decade, the congressional budget scorekeeper said Monday.

Legislation to gut most of ObamaCare's mandates and taxes, known as the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, would reduce the deficit by $516 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Look for a vote on the bill in the House on Wednesday.  Read more here.

HHS TACKLES PRIVACY CONCERNS WITH GUN CHECKS: The Obama administration took steps on Monday to strengthen gun background checks by tackling privacy concerns that have kept some mental health records out of the national system.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced final rules that make it clear to doctors, judges and state officials that they can pass along health records about people who have been legally banned from owning a firearm because of a past mental health crisis.

The administration is looking to assuage providers and officials who had previously been hesitant to share records because of the strict federal privacy law – the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Read more here.

PANEL TO VOTE ON FDA NOMINEE NEXT WEEK The Senate health committee will vote next Tuesday on President Obama's nominee to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

The nominee, Dr. Robert Califf, is a cardiologist and longtime Duke University researcher who joined the FDA as a deputy commissioner in February. He has received praise from Chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderGOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Collins: Pass bipartisan ObamaCare bills before mandate repeal Murkowski: ObamaCare fix not a precondition for tax vote MORE (R-Tenn.) and is expected to face smooth sailing.

He has received blowback from the left, though, over concerns that his ties with drug companies are too tight. Califf was a consultant for drug companies and has done research funded by the industry.

In October, Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDe Blasio headed to Iowa to speak at political fundraiser Yes, spills happen — but pipelines are still the safest way to move oil Why sexual harassment discussions include lawmakers talking about Bill Clinton’s past MORE (I-Vt.) announced he would oppose the nomination. "We need a new leader at the FDA who is prepared to stand up to the pharmaceutical companies and work to substantially lower drug prices," Sanders said in a statement. "Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion that Dr. Califf is not that person." Read more here.

 

ON TAP TOMORROW

The House returns for its first vote at 6:30 p.m.

WHAT WE'RE READING:

Few consequences for health privacy law repeat offenders (ProPublica/NPR)

Many see IRS fines as more affordable than insurance (NYT)

A guide to the FDA in 2016 (Stat News)

ObamaCare insurers sweeten plans with free doctor visits (Kaiser Health News)

IN THE STATES:

In NH, Hillary Clinton hits on opioid abuse as top concern (Boston Globe)

Questions linger over Bevin's Medicaid plans in Kentucky (Louisville Courier-Journal)

ICYMI FROM THE HILL:

Stronger ObamaCare faces new fights in 2016

GOP leaders tout efforts setting up ObamaCare repeal for veto  

 

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