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McCain to Oppose Obamacare Repeal, Possibly Dooming GOP Effort

John McCainSenator John McCain said Friday he’ll vote against the GOP-only Obamacare repeal proposal, becoming the second Republican to oppose the measure and possibly dooming the ability of party leaders to enact it.

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal," McCain said in a statement. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried."

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Aaron Hernandez Found to Have Severe C.T.E.

Aaron Hernandez found to have severe CTE

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who committed suicide in April while serving a life sentence for murder, was found to have a severe form of C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma that has been found in more than 100 former N.F.L. players.

Researchers at Boston University who examined the brain determined it was “the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron’s age,” which was 27.

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Livid Jimmy Kimmel Turns Up The Heat On Sen. Bill Cassidy For Second Night

Jimmy KimmelFor the second night in a row Wednesday, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel raged against a Senate bill meant to repeal Obamacare. It followed an impassioned critique of Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that captured media headlines just a day before.

Kimmel used the opening monologue of his Tuesday “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show to slam Cassidy and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), co-sponsors of a measure that would end the Affordable Care Act. The new bill, which Republican leaders are trying to ram through the Senate before the end of the month, would leave states with substantially less money to spend on health care, all but forcing them to cut programs so that literally millions of people would end up without insurance coverage. The bill would also allow states to waive rules that guarantee coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

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ObamaCare enrollment groups learn extent of Trump cuts

Trump slashes ACA navigator funds by 85%

State and local groups now know how much funding they'll have to help enroll people in the ObamaCare exchanges after the Trump administration slashed the total grant money available, according to two sources.

The groups, known as navigators, have been worried over their funding for ObamaCare enrollment, outreach and education. On Aug. 31, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the total funds available for these groups would decrease from $62.5 million to $36.8 million, a 41 percent cut.

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CDC awards $28.6 million to states to fight opioid epidemic

opoiod epedomic in USThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday it is awarding more than $28.6 million in funding to 44 states and Washington, D.C., to fight the opioid epidemic.

Under the Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States, or PfS, program, $19.3 million in funding will go to 27 states as program expansion supplemental awards and as part of the Data-Driven Prevention Initiative, or DDPI, $4.6 million will go to 12 states and Washington, D.C. for program expansion supplemental awards.

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New surgeon general to advocate for science, compassion as guides for policy

Dr. Jerome AdamsPresident Donald Trump's pick for U.S. surgeon general, an anesthesiologist and former Indiana state health commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams, will be sworn in today.

"To be confirmed as the 20th US Surgeon General is truly an indescribable honor," Adams, 42, tweeted in early August after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Adams takes over as surgeon general after Trump in April dismissed Dr. Vivek Murthy, who was appointed as surgeon general by former President Barack Obama, before his term was finished. Trump appointed Sylvia Trent-Adams to serve as acting surgeon general in the interim.

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ESPN Football Analyst Walks Away, Disturbed by Brain Trauma on Field

Peter CunninghamIf Ed Cunningham had not already seen enough, he would be back in a broadcast booth on Saturday afternoon, serving as the color analyst for another top college football game televised on ABC or ESPN. It is the work he has done each fall for nearly 20 years.

But Cunningham, 48, resigned from one of the top jobs in sports broadcasting because of his growing discomfort with the damage being inflicted on the players he was watching each week. The hits kept coming, right in front of him, until Cunningham said he could not, in good conscience, continue his supporting role in football’s multibillion-dollar apparatus.

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