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Overnight Healthcare: Watchdog finds security flaws in state ObamaCare exchanges

CALIFORNIA AMONG VULNERABLE STATE EXCHANGES: A federal watchdog has found security flaws in state-run ObamaCare exchanges in California, Kentucky and Vermont, potentially putting millions of customers’ data at risk.

The three states were found to have cybersecurity weaknesses such as insufficient encryption and inadequate firewalls, according to a months-long study by the Government Accountability Office.

{mosads}California’s system, known as Covered California, is the nation’s largest state-run exchange and both California and Kentucky have been touted as national models. The GAO’s investigation was released in March, but without naming the states. That information was reported Thursday by the Associated Press, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1TENxPb

ANTI-ABORTION GROUP CALLS FOR HARRIS TO DROP SENATE BID: The viral videos targeting Planned Parenthood have surfaced in California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ bid for the U.S. Senate this fall.

Leading anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony’s List is calling on Harris to resign from her post and to end her Senate campaign after her office raided the home of anti-abortion videomaker David Daleiden this week.

“The fact that Ms. Harris is seizing private property of a pro-life California activist who has exposed horrific practices conducted by Planned Parenthood, which donated thousands to her last campaign, while her Senate campaign promotes and defends them — the nation’s largest abortion provider — is a conflict of interest and abuse of government power,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the SBA List, said in a statement. 

Daleiden, a longtime and vocal critic of Planned Parenthood, has been indicted on charges that he took illegal steps to create a series of videos that was first released last July.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1qwNjyq

SANDERS’ BROTHER TAKES ON OBAMACARE: Bernie Sanders’s brother is going on the offense against ObamaCare, which he blames for leaving millions of people uninsured while failing to limit costs for poorer and sicker people.

“Obamacare, though an improvement, is an inadequate alternative,” Larry Sanders, a longtime resident of the U.K. who now serves as the health spokesman for the Green Party of England and Wales, wrote in an op-ed published by The Guardian on Thursday.

The Democratic presidential candidate’s older brother, who has lived in Britain since the 1960s, is entering one of the most divisive debates within the Democratic Party this year.

Larry Sanders slammed Hillary Clinton for dismissing his elder brother’s calls for universal healthcare, comparing her position to that of GOP candidate Ted Cruz. Read more here. http://bit.ly/1qaj4N5

25 PERCENT WANT US TO LEAVE OLYMPICS OVER ZIKA A quarter of the public thinks that U.S. athletes should withdraw from the Olympics in Brazil because of concerns about the Zika virus, according to a new Associated Press poll.

The spread of the virus, which is believed to be linked to serious birth defects in babies, in Brazil has raised some concerns about the Olympics there this summer.

U.S. soccer star Hope Solo said in February that she might not go because of concerns about Zika.

The poll, from the Associated Press and the NORC Center at the University of Chicago, also found that four in ten Americans have heard little or nothing at all about the Zika virus.

Ninety percent of people who have heard of it know that it is spread through mosquito bites. A smaller figure, 57 percent, know that it can also be spread through sex, although sexual transmission is less common. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1Sh5ZYT


NIH is tiptoeing around Congress’s restrictions on gun violence research (The Trace)

How a small college survived an outbreak (Washington Post)

Brain scans of babies suggests Zika disrupts development (Reuters)


Planned Parenthood sues to stop Indiana abortion law (Indianapolis Star)

Texas has yet to win contested court case on Medicaid fraud (Austin Statesman)

Arkansas governor sees ‘strong support’ for his Medicaid plan (Associated Press)


Priests for Life: Trump has broken no promises

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