House Republicans pass healthcare bill in first step toward replacing Obamacare

Partisan approval with one vote to spare sends American Health Care Act to uncertain fate in Senate, after negotiations reveal fissures in Republican party House Republican narrowly approved a controversial plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, taking a significant first step toward fulfilling a seven-year promise to repeal and replace the 2010…

Tom Price resigns as health secretary over private flights and Trump criticism

Former Georgia congressman resigns after chairwoman says decision imminent, having apologized and refunded some costs The health and human services secretary, Tom Price, has resigned, after revelations that he spent more than $ 1m of taxpayers’ fund on traveling including chartered flights. Reports about such travel by Price and other cabinet members- including the EPA…

Arkansas executions: health giant sues nation as federal judge issues injunction

Medical supply company McKesson says state deceptively purchased narcotics for lethal injection, becoming first in history to sue a death penalty country for misuse A US healthcare giant has accused the nation of Arkansas of effectively lying to it over the sale of a pharmaceutical drug that the Republican governor had been poised to use…

Republicans fail to repeal methane regulations for drilling on public lands

Vote on Obama-era rule to reduce emissions from oil and gas drilling on federal land fails 51 -4 9 as three Republican senators defect A Republican move to undo restriction on emission reductions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, has suffered an unexpected defeat in the Senate. A bill to repeal a Department of Interior…

EPA staff resisted agency’s new the standard rules on asbestos utilize, emails expose

Emails obtained by New York Times demonstrate employees worried that companies could get away with using asbestos in ways the EPA did not list The Environmental Protection Agency’s own staffers objected to a controversial new US rule governing the use of cancer-causing asbestos, according to internal emails. The rule, issued in June, would require manufacturers…

Is Oklahoma trying to be America’s least progressive state?

As a budget crisis bites, liberals and some conservatives wonder if rightwing fears over abortion and transgender rights are tipping their state into chaos Sitting in a barge on a pond in northern Oklahoma, on a weekend away, Troy Stevenson took a phone call about the news from Washington. He resigned himself to a busy…

Clinton may have taken performance-enhancing narcotics before debate- Trump

Republican suggests medication exams before next showdown and recurs distrust of rigged election at New Hampshire rally Donald Trump suggested on Saturday that Hillary Clinton might have taken performance-enhancing drugs to prepare for their presidential debates, and that both candidates for president should be tested before Wednesdays final debate. Were like athletes, the Republican nominee…

Healthcare and Trump’s travel ban: data proves success of physicians developed abroad

Research indicates slightly better outcomes for US patients treated by physicians trained outside US and many come from countries affected by Trump order American patients treated by internationally trained physicians have slightly better outcomes than those treated by their American-educated equivalents, a new survey has determined, as Donald Trumps ban on traveling from seven Muslim-majority…

Republican healthcare plan will cost 23 million people their coverage, CBO says

Hastily passed House bill which some members said they hadnt read before voting on it would improve on previous version by a mere 1 million people The hastily redrawn Republican plan to overhaul Obamacare would leave an extra 23 million people without health insurance over the next decade, the first official independent analysis of the…