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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: ACA in Peril With Ginsburg’s Seat in Play

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The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is giving new life to the latest constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act. It also places anti-abortion activists on the cusp of a court majority large enough to ensure the rollback of the right to abortion and, possibly, some types of birth control. Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar tries to centralize power at the sprawling department plagued by miscommunications and scandals. Anna Edney of Bloomberg News, Kimberly Leonard of Business Insider and Mary Ellen McIntire of CQ Roll Call join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these issues and more. Plus, Rovner interviews KHN’s Sarah Jane Tribble about her new podcast, “Where It Hurts,” debuting Sept. 29.

Lost on the Frontline: Explore the Database

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As of Wednesday, the ongoing KHN-Guardian project is investigating 1,256 deaths of U.S. health workers in the fight against COVID-19. Today, we add seven new profiles, including a certified nursing assistant who “rarely got sick” and a cardiologist who checked up on his patients over the phone, even as he was hospitalized for COVID-19. You can explore our interactive database, now containing 209 profiles. It investigates the question: Did they all have to die?

California’s Deadliest Spring in 20 Years Suggests COVID Undercount

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California’s death count for the first five months of the pandemic was 13% higher than average for the same period during the prior three years. Subtract the deaths officially attributed to COVID-19 and experts say that still leaves scores of “excess” deaths among people of color that likely were mistakenly excluded from the coronavirus death tally.