Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing $10M to fight teen e-cig use

Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing $10M to fight teen e-cig use
© Aaron Schwartz

Welcome to Monday's Overnight Health Care.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE gave Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (D-Calif.) a gift with his recent comments on finding a new ObamaCare replacement. Also, despite talk of bipartisan action, Democrats and Republicans are still miles apart on birth control policy and CVS is investing millions to combat youth vaping addiction.

We'll start with some ObamaCare politics...

 

Trump promises new ObamaCare replacement... Dems hit back

President Trump said Sunday on ABC that he will release an ObamaCare replacement plan "in about two months, maybe less."

Democrats were quick to respond.

"The American people already know exactly what the President's health care plans mean in their lives: higher costs, worse coverage and the end of lifesaving protections for people with pre-existing conditions," Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement.

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The politics: As you can see from Pelosi's statement, Democrats are eager to highlight Trump's attacks on ObamaCare, given that protecting the health care law and its guarantees for people with pre-existing conditions was a central theme of Democrats' successful campaign last year to win back the House.

Congressional Republicans, on the other hand, have been pressing Trump to abandon talk of repealing ObamaCare and instead focus on less incendiary issues such as reducing prescription drug prices.

Keep in mind: Trump has promised to have a plan for "great" health care for years, without his White House ever producing one itself.

Read more here.

 

Biden campaign clarifies health care remark

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE set off health wonk questions on Monday when he said at an event that "what I would do is make sure that every single person, as I proposed, every single person in the United States has access to Medicaid right off the bat."

Did he really mean Medicaid not Medicare?

Turns out, no, Biden meant he will allow anyone to buy into a MediCARE-like option, but if they live in a state that refused to expand MediCAID and would otherwise be eligible, they won't have to pay premiums in the plan.

From the Biden campaign: "The Biden health care plan will include access to a Medicare-like public option for anyone who wants it.  It will also include premium-free access to this public option for people who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid but have been denied access to it by governors and state legislatures who have refused the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion."

Thought bubble: A "Medicaid buy-in" is an idea that has the support of many presidential candidates, including Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' Booker campaign unveils bilingual training program for Nevada caucus MORE (D-N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' Pelosi endorses Christy Smith in bid to replace Katie Hill MORE (D-Calif.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAdvocacy groups decry Trump's 'anti-family policies' ahead of White House summit This bipartisan plan is the most progressive approach to paid parental leave Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' MORE (D-N,Y.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Horowitz offers troubling picture of FBI's Trump campaign probe MORE (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (D-Mass.).

 

Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control access face major obstacles

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: House passes compromise defense bill | Turkey sanctions advance in Senate over Trump objections | Top general says military won't be 'raping, burning and pillaging' after Trump pardons Lies, damned lies and impeachable lies Conservatives rip FBI over IG report: 'scathing indictment' MORE's (R-Texas) offer to work with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Tucker Carlson as 'white supremacist sympathizer' Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' MORE (D-N.Y.) on making birth control available without a prescription has raised hopes that conservatives and progressives may find common ground on an issue that has long divided Republicans and Democrats.

Sorry to rain on your parade, but it's probably not going to happen.

Here's why: The parties are miles apart when it comes to the cost of birth control and who pays for it, major sticking points that will likely complicate efforts to craft a bipartisan compromise between the staunch conservative and liberal firebrand.

Cruz's office did not respond to questions about what a "clean" bill would look like, or if he planned to introduce legislation.

Democrats are also critical of GOP efforts that would allow women to buy over-the-counter birth control with health savings accounts, but not address insurance coverage.

Democrats want insurance companies to cover over-the-counter birth control (the law currently only requires insurance coverage of birth control when it is prescribed.)

Meanwhile, Republicans have had a long, complicated history with insurance coverage of contraception, and are unlikely to support the Democrats' bill.

Read more here.

 

CVS investing $10m to fight youth e-cigarette addiction

CVS is investing $10 million to try to reverse the rising trend of teen vaping. The money, which mostly comes from CVS and its charitable foundations, will go to classroom-based programs, to assist clinicians with resources to address e-cigarette use and to support clinician training in local communities.

The move is part of the $50 million Be The First initiative, which is now in the fourth year of a five-year commitment to "help deliver the nation's first tobacco-free generation."

CVS stopped selling tobacco products in 2014, the first time a major pharmacy decided to remove tobacco from its shelves.

"The spread of e-cigarette use among youth jeopardizes the progress made in reducing smoking over the last two decades," said Troyen Brennan, CVS Health's Chief Medical Officer said in a statement. "By collaborating with experts and aggressively investing in innovative strategies, we believe that we can help reverse this disturbing trend."

According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey, there are 3.6 million middle and high school students who are current e-cigarette users. This represents a 78 percent increase among high school students, and a 48 percent increase among middle school students. Federal health officials have called youth vaping a "public health crisis."

 

The Hill events

On Tuesday, June 25th, The Hill will host Cost, Quality and Care: The Medicare Equation at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The Hill's Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons and Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackHill editor-in-chief reacts to fifth Democratic debate The Hill's Morning Report — Schiff: Clear evidence of a quid pro quo Hill editor-in-chief: Buttigieg could benefit if impeachment reaches Senate MORE will sit down with Reps. Brett GuthrieSteven (Brett) Brett GuthrieShimkus announces he will stick with plan to retire after reconsidering Hillicon Valley: Tech grapples with California 'gig economy' law | FCC to investigate Sprint over millions in subsidies | House bill aims to protect telecom networks | Google wins EU fight over 'right to be forgotten' | 27 nations sign cyber rules pact House bill aims to secure telecom networks against foreign interference MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiDemocrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data Blood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure Hillicon Valley: Tech grapples with California 'gig economy' law | FCC to investigate Sprint over millions in subsidies | House bill aims to protect telecom networks | Google wins EU fight over 'right to be forgotten' | 27 nations sign cyber rules pact MORE (D-Calif.) and an expert panel for a discussion on how leaders in Washington and the health industry can bring down drug costs for Medicare patients while continuing to ensure quality of care for those who depend on the program. RSVP here.

On Wednesday, June 26, The Hill will host the Future of Healthcare Summit at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. We will discuss some of tomorrow's biggest questions in healthcare with policymakers, health officials and industry leaders. Speakers include Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyThis bipartisan plan is the most progressive approach to paid parental leave Obstacles remain for deal on surprise medical bills Key House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills MORE (R-La.), FDA's Dr. Amy Abernethy, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Nano Vision CEO Steve Papermaster and many more. RSVP and learn more about the summit here.

 

What we're reading

Trump is expanding ObamaCare ... in a good way (National Review)

As price of insulin soars, Americans caravan to Canada for lifesaving medicine  (The Washington Post)

Trump wants to neutralize Democrats on health care. Republicans say let it go. (The New York Times)

Groundwork is laid for opioids settlement that would touch every corner of U.S. (The New York Times)

 

State by state

Kentucky to expand Medicaid drug treatment program in July (WFPL)

Top D.C. health official urges principals to help boost measles vaccination rate (The Washington Post)

Federal grants 'a lifesaver' in opioid fight, but states still struggle to curb meth (Kaiser Health News

 

From The Hill's opinion page

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