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18 Million People Could Lose Insurance In First Year After Partial Obamacare Repeal

18 million people could lose health insuranceA partial repeal of Obamacare could leave 18 million people who have insurance today with no coverage one year later, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The report estimates that 32 million people would lose their insurance over 10 years.

The CBO based its estimates on a bill passed by Republicans and vetoed by President Obama in 2015. That bill amounted to a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, eliminating the penalty for people who didn't have health insurance. It also cut out the government subsidies that currently help people pay their premiums.

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Obamacare Rallies Around the Country

Obamacare ralliesSupporters of the Affordable Care Act gathered to protest the health care law’s repeal in rallies across the country on Sunday.

The demonstrations were in response to an appeal by Democratic leaders in Congress for a day of action against ACA repeal, the defunding of Planned Parenthood and other policies promoted by the incoming Donald Trump administration.

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Bo Jackson opens up about football's CTE risk

Bo JacksonMost scientists believe that CTE, a progressive degenerative brain disease, is associated with repeated blows to the head, such as those suffered while playing football.

The brain can shake inside the skull whenever the head gets hit, which can trigger the buildup of an abnormal protein in the brain called tau, leading to progressive degeneration of brain tissue.
In March, the NFL publicly acknowledged a connection between football and CTE.

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Desmond Tutu Joins Advocates To Call For Right To Assisted Death

Desmond Tutu calls for assisted deathDesmond Tutu, South Africa's former Anglican archbishop and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, recently celebrated his 85th birthday with an interesting message: He wants the option of an assisted death.

Tutu has largely retired from public life, but is still considered the moral conscience of South Africa for his leading role in the fight against apartheid. Some were taken aback when Tutu said he wants the option to end his life when he chooses.

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Scientists identify new human organ, the mesentery

new organ identifiedA doctor in Ireland classifies the mesentery, a membrane that connects the intestine to the abdomen, as a continuous structure and a separate organ.

The mesentery had been considered a fragmented structure made up of multiple separate parts, though research by Dr. J. Calvin Coffey, professor of surgery at the University of LImerick's Graduate Entry Medical School, has found that the mesentery is actually one continuous structure.

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Doctors, pharmacists indicted in $100M fraud case

pdc, pharmacists caught in hug medical fraudA dozen doctors, pharmacy owners and marketing pros have been accused of a kickback scheme that prosecutors allege involved a sham medical study used to bilk up to $102 million from the publicly funded federal health program for military family members.

The doctors included Walter Neil Simmons, 47, of Gilbert, Ariz., emergency medicine doctor who has worked at two metro Phoenix hospital chains. He was indicted in October in U.S. District Court in Dallas on one count of conspiracy to commit health-care fraud. The federal charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Federal judge halts transgender health protections

Transgender health protections haltedA federal judge in Texas on Saturday halted enforcement of federal rules aimed at preventing doctors from discriminating against transgender individuals.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor granted the temporary injunction, saying the rules "likely violate" the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, according to The Associated Press.

Several states are also part of the lawsuit over the rules finalized in May, including Kentucky, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Kansas, along with several religiously affiliated medical groups.

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