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First Lawsuits Against Trump Administration’s ‘Public Charge’ Rule Filed By California Counties

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A day after they were announced, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties filed legal challenges to block the Trump administration’s new rules aimed at denying green cards to immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance. In their filings, the two northern California counties argue that the policy would “worsen” the health of their residents and increase public health risks. More lawsuits from other localities are expected.

Critics See Juul’s Lobbying Blitz As Proof That Its Promises To Fight Youth Vaping Are Empty

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“Juul’s increased spending on lobbying and political donations is the latest example that the company says one thing and does another,” said Vince Willmore, vice president of communications at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The company, under fire from regulators and lawmakers, has been ramping up spending in Washington. In other news, the FDA is investigating seizures possibly linked to e-cigarettes and a study finds that quitting smoking can help even late in a pregnancy.

‘Medicare For All’ Could Toss Wrench In Senate Democrats’ Plan To Use Midterm Playbook That Secured The House

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Senate Democratic candidates want to replicate the success of the midterm elections, where House candidates used protecting the health law as a winning topic. But the push toward a more progressive plan like “Medicare for All” could undermine that strategy. Meanwhile, opponents of a Medicare buy-in option say such a plan would hurt rural hospitals.

Democratic Candidates Speak Of Medicare As A Panacea To Heal All Health Woes. Reality Is Far More Complicated.

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Medicare is popular among its 60 million beneficiaries, but the program also has limitations, and it is certainly not “free.” The New York Times takes a deep dive into the federal program that’s such a hot topic of conversation in the 2020 race. Meanwhile, the support from moderates for a public option shows just how far the party has come on health care.

Intra-Party Brawl Between Progressives, Moderates Over Health Care Dominates First Half-Hour Of Debate

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On the first night of the latest 2020 Democratic debates, front-runners and progressive Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) bore the brunt of the attacks over their health care plans, which were slammed by moderates as “fairy tale” policy. Warren and Sanders both stood their ground and avoided going after each other. “I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for,” Warren said. “I’m ready to get in this fight. I’m ready to win this fight.” Media outlets offer a broad range of coverage on the nuances of what was argued last night, including insight on middle-class taxes, private insurers, a public option, and a look at where each candidate stands on the issue.