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Republicans celebrate Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, but it might not be the massive politics that are gaining some hope.
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The GOP walks the abortion tightrope
The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn decades of precedent protecting access to abortion has been hailed as a victory for conservatives, but the political reality for Republicans is likely to be far more complicated.
Polls have shown that a majority of the American public disapproves of the Supreme Court’s position, and prominent Republicans have tiptoed to the calls of some conservatives for tougher abortion laws across the country.
Moving the Economy Conversation: John Thomas, a Republican strategist who has worked on House campaigns, expected Democrats to see:
- A surge in donations of small dollars
- A distraction from the economic woes that sent President Biden’s approval ratings plummeting and were the focus of Republicans on the campaign trail.
“In terms of the short term, this is a winning conversation for Democrats, especially vulnerable Democrats where there are a lot of white college-educated women,” Thomas said. “It gives them a bit of a break from what was otherwise considered a heavy-handed conversation on almost every front.”
Future risks: The risk, strategists say, lies in how vigorously Republican state legislatures and governors push for an abortion ban and how Republicans handle the issue if they regain a majority in Congress.
Aggressively pursuing abortion bans could backfire, given that polls show Roe was widely popular.
Governors urge Congress to avoid ‘disastrous’ hike
There is more pressure on congressional Democrats to act on ObamaCare bonus hikes, this time from a group of governors.
A group of Democratic governors are calling on Congress to avoid what they call “disastrous” increases in ObamaCare premiums for next year as lawmakers seek a fix in their economic package.
- The letter from 14 Democratic governors Congressional leaders are calling to extend the enhanced Affordable Care Act grants signed into law last year as part of President Biden’s US Bailout Package (ARP), but currently set to expire at the end of this year.
- “We urge you to act immediately to make the expanded ARP grants permanent to prevent a disastrous erosion of health insurance coverage,” the state leaders, including Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, wrote. California Governor Gavin Newsom, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
Manchin the big question: Democrats in Congress Hai also have ba call to extend the improved subsidies, but their fate largely hangs on Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), the key vote on Biden’s party line economic package.
Manchin did not give a clear answer on whether he supports extending the enhanced grants. In interview with Insider this month he suggested he might support an extension if financial aid was made more “means-tested”, meaning aid was reduced for those with higher incomes.
OFFICIALS: TEACHERS SHOULD PROMOTE CHILDREN’S COVID VACCINES
Two Biden administration officials released a letter on Wednesday calling on teachers to help encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 now that vaccines are available for nearly all children.
In a “Dear Colleagues” letter provided to The Hill, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona called on early childhood education (ECE) program staff to help to vaccinate more children.
“We appreciate your leadership, dedication, perseverance and resilience, and honor your efforts to consistently put the needs of children first,” Becerra and Cardona said.
- Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paved the way for children over 6 months and under 5 years of age to receive COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna.
- The two secretaries called on ECE staff to do three things: encourage parents to connect with healthcare providers, share information about COVID-19 vaccines with families with eligible children, and partner with local health care providers to hold vaccination clinics in their facilities or neighborhoods.
WARREN CALLS FOR VOTER REGISTRATION VIA HEALTHCARE.GOV
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) calls on the Biden administration to provide access to voter registration services through healthcare.gov, where Americans can apply for health insurance through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Warren urged HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to make changes to healthcare.gov that could lead to millions of Americans registering to vote, especially those living below the federal poverty level, according to a letter. first obtained by The Hill.
- She pointed to President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Access to Voting issued in March 2021 and a recent administration update that all agencies, including HHS, said they were making progress on voting access. improved access to voter registration.
- “But HHS can do more to fulfill its commitments under the President’s Voting EO. In particular, it should quickly implement changes to HealthCare.gov to make it easier for millions of Americans to access voter registration services,” she said in the letter.
- She asked Becerra to send a detailed report on HHS’s progress in implementing access to voter registration through healthcare.gov by July 12.
Fauci experiences ‘rebound’ in symptoms after treatment
Antoine Faucithe nation’s top infectious disease doctor, said he was experiencing a rebound in COVID-19 symptoms after taking Pfizer’s antiviral drug Paxlovid.
- Fauci, 81, contracted COVID-19 earlier this month, and while his symptoms were initially ‘minimal’, due to his age, he was prescribed a five-day course of Paxlovid when they are aggravated.
- Speaking at a global health foreign policy summit on Tuesday, Fauci said he tested negative for three consecutive days after he finished taking Paxlovid.
- But on the fourth day, Fauci said he had tested positive again, a phenomenon called the “Paxlovid rebound.”
More and more common: As more doses of Paxlovid are prescribed, dozens of patients report a similar experience. Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned health care providers to be on the lookout for a “rebound” in Paxlovid patients between two and eight days after an initial recovery.
Just because a patient “rebounded” doesn’t mean Paxlovid didn’t work or the patient got re-infected.
Unconventional step: Fauci said he started a second course of Paxlovid and as of Tuesday was on day four of treatment.
Although information about Paxlovid rebound is limited, the CDC and Food and Drug Administration say there is no evidence that a second course is needed.
WHAT WE READ
- In a doctor’s suspicions after a miscarriage, a glimpse of growing medical mistrust (Statistical)
- Covid is falling off the agenda of world leaders despite the virus’ remaining threat (NBC)
- Abortion pill maker plans multi-state lawsuit to preserve access to drugs (Policy)
STATE BY STATE
- Kansas City Area Health System stops providing plan B in Missouri due to abortion ban (Kansas City Star)
- Thousands of Oregonians will get free medical coverage starting in July (Oregon Capital Chronicle)
- Yet another attempt to expand Medicaid in North Carolina (North Carolina Health News)
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