Week in Review
McConnell: GOP may have to bolster Obamacare if repeal effort fails
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Congress would need to pass a bill to shore up the nation’s insurance marketplaces if the Republican effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act fails.
- The White House is supporting a conservative proposal by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would let insurers sell plans that don’t adhere to consumer protections, even though GOP leaders are wary of the idea. Cruz’s proposal is one of many being analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office.
- Republican Sen. John Hoeven said he opposes the Senate health care legislation as it currently stands. The North Dakotan is at least the 10th GOP senator to withhold support. Hoeven was one of only a few Senate Republicans, such as Cruz and Sen. Jerry Moran (Kan.), to hold town halls during the July Fourth recess.
Trump administration appoints top Georgia health official as CDC director
- Georgia Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist, was appointed to serve as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Drugmakers mount legal challenge against Maryland’s price gouging law
- A trade group representing generic drugmakers filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court challenging Maryland’s new prescription drug price gouging law.
Opioid prescriptions dipped in recent years
- The rate that opioid painkillers are being prescribed has declined in recent years, a sign that efforts to limit access are working, according to a government analysis.
- At least 25 states, cities and counties have filed lawsuits against companies that manufacture and distribute highly addictive painkillers within the past year, in the face of the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history.