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The coronavirus surge is real, and it's everywhere

The coronavirus surge is real, and it's everywhere

The coronavirus pandemic is getting dramatically worse in almost every corner of the U.S. The big picture: The U.S. today is getting closer to the worst-case scenario envisioned in the spring — a nationwide crisis, made worse by a vacuum of political leadership, threatening to overwhelm hospitals and spread out of control.By the numbers: Over half the country — 26 states — have seen their coronavirus caseloads increase over the past week.Increased testing does not explain away these numbers. Other data points make clear that we’re seeing a worsening outbreak, not simply getting better...

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Federal court rules hospitals must disclose their prices

Federal court rules hospitals must disclose their prices

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosA federal judge upheld Tuesday the Trump administration's rules requiring hospitals to publicly disclose the prices they've negotiated with insurers — information that both hospitals and insurers would very much prefer to keep secret.The state of play: The American Hospital Association sued to block the rules, arguing that they exceeded the administration's legal authority and infringed on hospitals' First Amendment rights. The court rejected both arguments."The publication of charges will allow the agency to further its interest of informing patients about the...

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Supreme Court cases on abortion, Trump taxes may deepen conservative anger with John Roberts

Supreme Court cases on abortion, Trump taxes may deepen conservative anger with John Roberts

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosConservatives are frustrated with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts after a pair of surprising rulings last week — and those frustrations are only likely to grow.Driving the news: The court is set to rule in the next week or two on abortion, federal bank regulations and President Trump’s taxes, and none of those cases are primed for sweeping conservative victories.Last week, Roberts voted with the court’s liberals in a 5-4 ruling blocking Trump’s moves to end the immigration program known as DACA. Roberts, along with Justice Neil Gorsuch, also joined...

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Man in his 90s gets NHS treatment for being a sex addict

Man in his 90s gets NHS treatment for being a sex addict

 Monday, May 18th 2020| 36 A man in his 90s with an excessive sex drive was among eight patients aged over 70 treated by the for their addiction to sex.Over the last seven years 170 people have been referred to the NHS with sex addiction.Eight of these patients were aged over 70. The statistics from NHS Digital, reported by the , show that NHS doctors dealt with 27 cases linked to an 'excessive sex drive' in 2018-19.Relationship counselling service Relate describes sex addiction as any sexual activity that feels 'out of control'. This could be sex with a partner, pornography, masturbation,...

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Trump's tax returns fight reaches the Supreme Court

Trump's tax returns fight reaches the Supreme Court

Photo Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Adam Bettcher/Getty ImagesPresident Trump’s lawyers are asking the Supreme Court to adopt a sweeping view of presidential immunity that would make it much harder to investigate any future president.Why it matters: Trump’s steadfast refusal to release his tax returns — a fight that will culminate in Supreme Court arguments on Tuesday — has mushroomed into a showdown with implications well beyond his administration. Driving the news: The court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in Trump’s effort to block two sets of subpoenas for his financial...

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Supreme Court: Trump administration must pay health insurers for Affordable Care Act program

Supreme Court: Trump administration must pay health insurers for Affordable Care Act program

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesThe federal government must pay health insurance companies roughly $12 billion that they're owed under part of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court Monday in an 8-1 decision.The big picture: The ACA's was designed to help stabilize the law's insurance markets in their early years, but the Trump administration argued that Congress had prohibited it from making the required payments. The Supreme Court disagreed, saying insurers have a right to collect the money they're owed under the program.Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: — Total deaths:...

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Apr 27
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Trump floats his next move on lowering drug prices as Senate proposal faces stalemate

Trump floats his next move on lowering drug prices as Senate proposal faces stalemate

The White House is preparing another big executive order on drug prices. The big picture: Citing industry sources who had discussed the plan with the administration, Reuters says that it would likely seek to lower prices in Medicare Part D, which covers drugs you pick up at the pharmacy counter. The administration's most sweeping proposal to date — to piggyback off of the lower prices in European countries — was limited to Part B, which covers drugs administered by a doctor. Between the lines: It's probably no coincidence that this threat is being floated just as the White House is trying...

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Jul 26
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