Overnight Healthcare: Clinton blasts GOP ahead of ObamaCare repeal

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain 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She warned that while President Obama can veto the bill when it reaches his desk, ObamaCare could actually be repealed and Planned Parenthood defunded if a Republican is elected to the White House.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"If there's a Republican sitting there, it will be repealed and then we will have to start all over again," she said.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 AlexanderWeek ahead: Senators near deal to stabilize ObamaCare markets Corker pressed as reelection challenges mount Overnight Health Care: CBO predicts 15 percent ObamaCare premium hike | Trump calls Sanders single-payer plan ‘curse on the US’ | Republican seeks score of Sanders’s bill 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) SandersOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight 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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