Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Buttigieg targets Warren, Sanders on health care ahead of debate | Judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections | Poll sees support drop for 'Medicare for All'

Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Buttigieg targets Warren, Sanders on health care ahead of debate | Judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections | Poll sees support drop for 'Medicare for All'
© Greg Nash

Welcome to Tuesday's Overnight Health Care. 

Congress is back in session, and Democratic presidential candidates will hit the debate stage tonight. We'll be watching to see what candidates say about health care. Check out TheHill.com for live coverage of the debate.

We'll start with South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE who is throwing some jabs on health care.



Buttigieg targets Warren, Sanders on health care in new ad ahead of debate

It's debate night! And if the earlier debates are any indication, there's sure to be a lot of debate about Medicare for All...

Pete Buttigieg is going on the offensive early, presaging some possible fireworks tonight. 

His new ad, titled "Makes More Sense," features a number of television anchors and analysts talking about the South Bend, Ind., mayor's plan, and comparing it favorably to Sanders's and Warren's "Medicare for All" proposal. 

"Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins DC primary Biden wins Montana primary Biden wins New Mexico primary MORE and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIt's time to shut down industrial animal farming The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Biden wins DC primary MORE believe that we have to force ourselves into Medicare for All, where private insurance is abolished," Joe Lockhart, a CNN political analyst and former press secretary to President Clinton, said in a video clip that was included in the ad. 

"Mayor Pete said, 'Medicare for all who want it.' That's a much better formulation," CNN political commentator Van Jones said in another clip in the ad. 


Bigger picture: Buttigieg is trying to rise in the polls in a more moderate lane than the progressive frontrunners, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and he clearly thinks health care is a way to do that. 

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Federal judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections

A federal judge on Tuesday overturned ObamaCare protections for transgender patients, ruling that a 2016 policy violates the religious freedoms of Christian providers.

Judge Reed O'Connor in the Northern District of Texas vacated an Obama-era regulation that prohibited providers and insurers who receive federal money from denying treatment or coverage to anyone based on sex, gender identity or termination of pregnancy.

It also required doctors and hospitals to provide "medically necessary" services to transgender individuals, as long as those services were the same ones provided to other patients.

O'Connor said the rule violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. 

The case has been on and off since 2016, when O'Connor first issued an injunction to stop the Department of Health and Human Services from implementing the parts of the rule that prohibited discrimination based on gender identity and termination of pregnancy.

The Trump administration has issued a proposed rule that would scrap ObamaCare's definition of "sex discrimination" to remove protections for gender identity. 

O'Connor, a George W. Bush appointee, is same judge who last year ruled the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.



Support drops for 'Medicare for All' but increases for public option 

Support is dropping for Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) "Medicare for All" health care plan, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll found that 51 percent of those surveyed in October favored Medicare for All, a proposal in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan, compared to the 53 percent who said they supported it last month. 

Conversely, 47 percent of those surveyed said they opposed Medicare for All, an increase of 2 percentage points from September. 

Support for Medicare for All has dropped 5 percentage points since April in the Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll, and opposition has grown by 8 points. 

Why it matters: Support for Medicare for All is dropping the more debate time it gets. The hospital, insurance and drug industries have also poured millions of dollars into dampening public support for the proposal. 

The poll also found that support for the public option is increasing. Gradual changes to the health care system tend be poll better than complete overhauls, like Medicare for all. 


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Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalExpanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support House punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate Democrats press OSHA official on issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard MORE (D-Wash.) and advocates, deliver Medicare for All "petitions" to members

More than 2 million signatures were collected by groups that support Medicare for All, including Public Citizen and Be a Hero, and delivered to key House Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi scoffs at comparison between Trump and Churchill: 'I think they're hallucinating' Republicans stand by Esper after public break with Trump Pelosi joins protests against George Floyd's death outside Capitol MORE (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerCalls for police reform sparks divisions in Congress Hoyer wins Maryland House primary Hoyer: Gassing of protestors 'worthy' of Trump censure MORE (D-Md.), Ways & Means Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealExpanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support House Democrats press Treasury on debit cards used for coronavirus relief payments House Democrats' bill would create a second round of direct coronavirus relief payments MORE (D-Mass.) and Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) 

"I think we constantly need to shore up support," Jayapal told reporters Tuesday at a briefing in her office. 

"It's not an antagonistic move by any means, but it's a delivery of constituent wishes -- we in Congress are always wanting to know what our constituents think."

Petitions were also delivered to the offices of Rep. Darren SotoDarren Michael SotoActivists, analysts demand Congress consider immigrants in coronavirus package Hispanic Democrats demand funding for multilingual coronavirus messaging Hispanic Democrats see Sanders's Latino strategy as road map for Biden MORE (D-Fla.), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Dela.), Mary Gay ScanlonMary Gay ScanlonBehind every gun law is a mom marching for her children COVID-19 is no excuse for Attorney General Barr to skirt the rule of law House passes bill to expand TSA worker protections MORE (D-Pa.), Jim CooperJames (Jim) Hayes Shofner CooperTaylor Swift slams Trump tweet: 'You have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?' Trump to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty Top Democrat to introduce bill to limit Trump's ability to fire IGs MORE (D-Tenn.), Dave LoebsackDavid (Dave) Wayne LoebsackRepublican Mariannette Miller-Meeks to face Democrat Rita Hart in open House race in Iowa Key races to watch in Tuesday's primaries House Democrats make initial ad buys in battleground states MORE (D-Iowa), Dwight EvansDwight (Dewey) EvansBipartisan GROCER Act would give tax break to frontline workers Bipartisan bill aims to help smallest businesses weather the coronavirus crisis The State of the Union on homelessness — proven solutions can't withstand budget cuts MORE (D-Pa.) and David TroneDavid John TroneBicameral group of Democrats introduces bill to protect immigrant laborers Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Buttigieg targets Warren, Sanders on health care ahead of debate | Judge overturns ObamaCare transgender protections | Poll sees support drop for 'Medicare for All' Maryland lawmakers slam 'despicable' Trump remark about journalists on newsroom shooting anniversary MORE (D-Md.). 


Context: Medicare for All supporters are trying to keep the issue atop everyone's minds as a busy Congress focuses on other things, like keeping the government open and potentially impeaching the president. So far, 118 House Democrats have co-sponsored Jayapal's bill. 

What's next: Jayapal said she has a commitment from Pallone to hold a hearing in Energy and Commerce on Medicare for All but a date has not been set. She said she hopes to have a hearing by the end of the year, likely after the committee finishes its work on drug pricing legislation. 


March for Life announces 2020 theme 

March for life -- the annual march against abortion that takes place in D.C. -- announced Tuesday that next year's theme will be "Life empowers: Pro-life is pro-woman." 

Jeannie Mancini, president of March for Life, said the theme is a nod to the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. 

"Pro-lifers should be inspired by the early suffragists who understood the true dignity of women, and that every person, born and unborn, deserves equal rights," Mancini said. 

 The theme aims to push back on arguments from abortion rights supporters who argue that feminists must be "pro-choice."

"It has been said politically and culturally to be pro-woman, one must be pro-choice," Mancini said Tuesday at a briefing on Capitol Hill, but "abortion hurts women." 

The march, which has been addressed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer employees critique EPA under Trump in new report Fired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Virginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests MORE and Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence threatens to deploy military if Pennsylvania governor doesn't quell looting Pence on Floyd: 'No tolerance for racism' in US Pence chief of staff owns stock affected by boss's coronavirus work: report MORE in recent years, will take place Jan. 24. 



What we're reading

Trump Is Trying Hard To Thwart Obamacare. How's That Going? (NPR

The good, the bad, and the unknown in the House plan to lower drug costs (Vox.com)

Documents reveal hospital industry is leading fight against Medicare for All (The Intercept)  

An 18-year-old died after becoming addicted to vaping. Now his mom is going after Juul (Buzzfeed News)


State by state

Your Guide To The Massive (And Massively Complex) Opioid Litigation (NPR

Study: Texas and Oklahoma Have Highest Uninsured Rates Among All States (High Plains Public Radio)  

Michigan judge blocks state's ban on flavored e-cigarette ban (Fox2Detroit)


The Hill op-eds

Promising lower health care costs doesn't fly with women -- who will vote

Why Latinos need paid family leave