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The Home handed a bundle of payments to limit the availability of assault weapons to minors and different measures to curb gun violence, however talks in the Senate have but to supply breakthroughs on what has been a legislative stalemate for years.

In the meantime, as inflation continues to be a top-tier situation for voters, the Federal Commerce Fee is wanting into the practices of pharmacy profit managers and hospitals in an try to protect what worth competitors there may be in the bloated U.S. well being system.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of KHN, Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Anna Edney of Bloomberg Information, and Joanne Kenen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg College of Public Well being and Politico.

Amongst the takeaways from this week’s episode:

Senators are assembly to attempt to discover compromise measures on gun security that may draw at least 10 Republican votes wanted to clear a filibuster. The query round city is whether or not Democrats are prepared to accept one thing that has been narrowed sufficient to get GOP votes. If not, this might change into one other instance of gun security negotiations imploding.
The Biden administration’s efforts to herald toddler components from different nations look like serving to present provides to determined households. Some knowledge analyses counsel the nation is popping out of a scarcity peak. However that hasn’t dampened frustration with the FDA’s delay in coping with the shortages and the contamination points at a key U.S. components manufacturing plant in Michigan that was pressured to shut. That plant reopened this week, however it is going to be a number of extra weeks earlier than components made there’ll begin reaching retailer cabinets.
Democratic lawmakers, who worry that the Supreme Courtroom is about to overturn its Roe v. Wade choice that assured the proper to abortion, are asking the Biden administration to take motion to assist decrease the influence. However even when govt orders had been issued by the president, their results could be restricted. That’s as a result of a court docket transfer to overturn Roe would depart abortion guidelines primarily as much as the states.
Abortion opponents are already speaking about their subsequent aim, suggesting they want to see a nationwide ban on abortion. However that creates a messaging downside since they’ve for years argued that abortion needs to be a state situation.
Employers are starting to really feel stress on this situation, and a variety of giant firms have mentioned they may provide staff advantages to assist them get abortions out of state if their state bans the process. For a lot of employees, although, abortion is a non-public choice; they might not need to let their employers know they’re contemplating one. The businesses’ initiatives may play to customers seeking to know extra about the politics of firms they cope with.
The Federal Commerce Fee introduced it is going to look at pharmacy profit managers, the facilitators who negotiate drug costs for well being plans. Critics have argued that the consolidation between well being plans and PBMs could assist drive up costs. The fee additionally sued to dam a number of hospital mergers not too long ago, arguing they may harm competitors and improve costs.
Congress stays at an deadlock on a invoice to fund federal efforts to organize for an additional surge in the covid pandemic. Democrats have raised issues about whether or not the nation could have enough vaccine and testing assets in the fall if new variants trigger a rise in instances, however Republicans have mentioned that different federal funds may very well be tapped.

Additionally this week, Rovner interviews Cori Uccello of the American Academy of Actuaries about the newest report from Medicare’s trustees board and why policymakers have to act earlier than the program runs out of cash.

Plus, for additional credit score, the panelists advocate their favourite well being coverage tales of the week they suppose it is best to learn, too:

Julie Rovner: KHN’s “Misinformation Clouds America’s Most Popular Emergency Contraception,” by Sarah Varney

Alice Miranda Ollstein: Politico’s “How Many Covid Deaths Are Acceptable? Some Biden Officials Tried to Guess,” by Rachael Levy

Anna Edney: The nineteenth’s “Florida Could Be a Critical Access Point for Abortion, but the State’s Own Battle Is Just Starting,” by Shefali Luthra

Joanne Kenen: The Hint’s “In 2019, Congress Pledged Millions to Study Gun Violence. The Results Are Nearly Here,” by Chip Brownlee

Additionally mentioned on this week’s podcast:

The Washington Put up’s “Even if Roe Is Overturned, Congress Must Act to Protect the Unborn,” by Robert B. George and Josh Craddock

Well being Affairs’ “The Association Between COVID-19 Mortality and the County-Level Partisan Divide in the United States,” by Neil Jay Sehgal, Dahai Yue, Elle Pope, Ren Hao Wang, and Dylan H. Roby

Bloomberg Legislation’s “Companies Urged to Review Abortion Coverage With Roe in Balance,” by Sara Hansard

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