- California Healthline Original Stories 3
- Trump, GOP In Congress Could Use 'Must-Pass' Bills To Bring Health Changes
- Voters Say Yes To Marijuana Legalization, Tobacco Tax; Reject Drug Price Initiative
- Laughing Gas For Labor Pain? It's Poised For A Comeback
- Campaign 2016 8
- Donald Trump Wins Presidency
- With Trump As President, Path Toward Dismantling Health Law Clears
- Pharma Gets Reprieve From 'Worst-Case Scenario,' But Trump Is Still A Question Mark
- Drugmakers Poised To Rack Up Significant Win In California
- Voters Say Yes To Permanent Hospital Fee That Helps Fund Medi-Cal
- California Voters Pass $2 Cigarette Tax
- Three Bay-Area Cities OK Soda Tax
- Recreational Marijuana Initiative Passes
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Some “must-pass” health legislation next year could give the new administration a vehicle for proposals that might not be able to clear political or procedural hurdles on their own. (Julie Rovner, 11/9)
Californians also approve the continuation of a fee paid by hospitals to generate more money for Medi-Cal. (Ana B. Ibarra, 11/9)
Nitrous oxide for laboring women was popular in the U.S. until the mid-20th century when it went out of favor when birth became more medicalized. Now, midwives are putting it back on the "menu" of pain relief options for childbirth. (Kristin Espeland Gourlay, RINPR, 11/9)
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Republicans also retain control of the Senate and gain grounds in gubernatorial races. Health policy implications from the results are expected to be felt widely.
The New York Times:
Donald Trump Is Elected President In Stunning Repudiation Of The Establishment
Donald John Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday in a stunning culmination of an explosive, populist and polarizing campaign that took relentless aim at the institutions and long-held ideals of American democracy. The surprise outcome, defying late polls that showed Hillary Clinton with a modest but persistent edge, threatened convulsions throughout the country and the world, where skeptics had watched with alarm as Mr. Trump’s unvarnished overtures to disillusioned voters took hold. (Flegenheimer and Barbaro, 11/9)
The New York Times:
Republicans, Buoyed By Trump’s Performance, Keep Control Of Senate
Republicans maintained control of the Senate on Tuesday, fending off numerous Democratic challengers who polls showed were leading going into Election Day, as incumbents were pulled along by Donald J. Trump’s unanticipated strength in several key battleground states. Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Richard M. Burr of North Carolina and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania made late comebacks to win re-election and to help ensure Republicans retained power. (Steinhaurer, 11/9)
Although to actually repeal the law, Republicans would need Democratic votes in the Senate — which is unlikely to happen — they could tear big pieces of it apart on the procedural level.
Trump, Congress Will Be In Sync On Some Issues, But Long-Term Questions Loom
Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress agree on at least one major policy: They want to repeal Democratic President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law, known as Obamacare, enacted in 2010. “I would expect the very first thing a Republican Congress would do would be to repeal Obamacare,” said Republican Oklahoma Representative Tom Cole, a Ryan ally, in an interview on Monday. Such a step would shake the U.S. healthcare and insurance industries, which have broadly called for measured reforms to Obamacare, although not for its full-scale repeal. (Cornwell and Cowan, 11/9)
Trump Victory Puts Obamacare Dismantling Within Reach
Donald Trump’s ascension to the White House puts President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — and health insurance for some 20 million Americans — in grave peril. Ever since the law passed in 2010, Republicans have campaigned on a pledge to repeal Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement. Trump’s victory gives them their first opportunity to do so. (Haberkorn, 11/9)
Trump Upset Will Force Healthcare Leaders To Rethink The Future
Republican Donald Trump's shocking victory Tuesday will force a major shift in the healthcare industry's thinking about its future. Combined with the GOP's retention of control of the Senate and the House, a Trump presidency enables conservatives to repeal or roll back the Affordable Care Act and implement at least some of the proposals outlined in the GOP party platform and the recent House Republican leadership white paper on healthcare. (Meyer, 11/9)
Meanwhile, Politico looks at who may be the next HHS secretary —
Meet Trump's Cabinet-In-Waiting
For Health and Human Services secretary, among the names receiving buzz: Florida Gov. Rick Scott, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Ben Carson, former GOP presidential candidate. Carson has received the most attention lately for HHS, even from Trump himself. (Cook and Restuccia, 11/9)
The pharmaceutical industry was braced for a possible Democratic takeover. But Donald Trump might not be an ally. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical stocks are up on the news of his win.
Big Pharma's Big Question: Is Trump Friend Or Foe?
Should President Donald Trump make drug makers relieved? Or anxious? They’re not sure. (Scott, 11/9)
The Wall Street Journal:
Health-Care Stocks Emerge As Winners From Trump Vote
Health-care companies have emerged as the main gainers from Donald Trump’s win in the U.S. presidential election, despite a broad stock market selloff across the world. The U.S. premarket pointed to a 2% opening loss for the S&P 500 during early European trade, but futures on pharmaceuticals showed sharp rises, led by Endo International PLC, Mylan NV and Perrigo Co. PLC. The Stoxx Europe 600 index was down 0.5%, but the health-care and mining sectors notched 3.5% and 3% gains respectively. All other sectors were in the red. (Sindreu and Iosebashvili, 11/9)
Proposition 61, which aimed to curb high prescription drug prices, looks to have been defeated after national attention and intense lobbying efforts on both sides.
Prop. 61: Californians Say No To Lowering Drug Costs
California voters on Tuesday looked to be defeating a drug pricing control ballot proposition, a major victory for the pharmaceutical industry in its efforts to blunt attempts to drive down high drug prices if the trend holds as the rest of the votes are counted. Proposition 61 was losing with 54 percent of voters opposing it in preliminary results. The measure would have required some state health plans to reject drug prices that are higher than the discounted price the federal Department of Veterans Affairs pays. The change would have directly affected about 1 in 6 Californians. (Robbins, 11/9)
California Drug Pricing Initiative Headed For Defeat
A California ballot initiative aimed at reining in rising prices for prescription drugs was headed for defeat on Tuesday after pharmaceutical companies spent more than $100 million to fight it.The California Drug Price Relief Act, also known as Proposition 61, sought to limit state health programs from paying more for medications than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which receives the steepest discounts in the country. (Beasley, 11/9)
Now, changes to the program, which brings in billions in federal funds to the state, will require voter approval or a two-thirds majority vote by state lawmakers.
Los Angeles Times:
California Passes Proposition 52 To Make Medi-Cal Funding Program Permanent
Californians have chosen to make permanent the hospital fee program that helps fund Medi-Cal, the state's subsidized healthcare program for low-income residents. Early election returns show the measure passing with more than 70% of the vote. Proposition 52 will hobble state lawmakers' ability to change or end the hospital fee program. (Bollag, 11/8)
The Associated Press:
Voters Approve Permanent Fee To Fund Medi-Cal
California voters have approved Proposition 52, a ballot measure that makes permanent a fee on hospitals that helps fund Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance plan for low income Californians. (11/9)
The tax is expected to raise $1.4 billion a year for health care, smoking prevention programs and research.
The Los Angeles Times:
Proposition 56, a $2-Per-Pack Boost To Tobacco Taxes, Is Approved By Voters
After voters twice turned back attempts to raise the state's tobacco tax over the last decade, California looks poised to pass Proposition 56, which would increase the cigarette tax by $2 per pack. (Dillon, 11/8)
Voters Approve $2 Tobacco Tax, But Remain Mixed On Other Health Measures
Voters made a clear choice on raising the price of cigarettes, but were more circumspect about regulating the pornography and pharmaceutical industries at the ballot box. (Dembosky, 11/9)
California Voters Pass Key Health Measures, Including Tobacco Tax Hike
Several health-related initiatives in California appeared headed for passage Tuesday, including a cigarette tax, legalization of recreational marijuana and additional funding for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. A measure intended to cap prescription drug prices, watched closely around the nation and strongly opposed by the pharmaceutical industry, was trailing. (Ibarra, 11/9)
San Francisco, Oakland and Albany will tax soda at 1 cent per ounce.
San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F., Oakland, Albany Voters Pass Soda Tax
Three Bay Area cities on Tuesday became among the first in the country to levy a tax on sodas and other sugary drinks in an effort to help stanch the nation’s diabetes and obesity epidemics. (Knight, 11/8)
East Bay Times:
Soda Taxes In San Francisco And Oakland Could Spur National Movement
Oakland and San Francisco are poised to become the largest cities in the country to approve such a tax and open the door for other cities to replicate their campaigns. And in tiny Albany, voters resoundingly approved the tax. They will join Berkeley, which two years ago became the nation’s first city to pass a sugar-sweetened beverage tax. (Debolt, 11/9)
Soda Taxes Win In San Francisco, Oakland And Albany
San Francisco, Oakland and Albany voters have passed soda taxes in each city by a wide margin. San Francisco now becomes the largest city on the West Coast to approve a levy on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages. (Romero, 11/9)
The win in California could give the legalization movement national momentum.
The Associated Press:
California, Florida Voters Approve Marijuana Ballot Measures
California voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday allowing recreational marijuana in the nation's most populous state, handing the legalization movement its biggest victory yet. ... It was among five states weighing whether to permit pot for adults for recreational purposes. The other states were Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Florida, one of three states deciding whether to permit marijuana for medical purposes, approved the idea. Montana voted on whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law. (Elias, 11/8)
The Los Angeles Times:
Voters Legalize Pot In California. Here's What Will Happen Next
Voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 64, an initiative that will make California the most populous state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, setting state officials in motion to build a massive retail sales system to accommodate the new law. (McGreevy, 11/8)
The Sacramento Bee:
Legal Marijuana Election Results For California
Twenty years after California voters made the Golden State the first in America to permit marijuana’s use as medicine, state voters on Tuesday night passed Proposition 64 to legalize pot for adult recreational use. (Hecht, 11/8)
The Washington Post:
Marijuana Wins Big On Election Night
Voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational marijuana initiatives Tuesday night, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions, in what is turning out to be the biggest electoral victory for marijuana reform since 2012, when Colorado and Washington first approved the drug's recreational use. (Ingraham, 11/8)
The Sacramento Bee:
California Legalized Recreational Marijuana. Information On What That Means For Users.
California’s passage of Proposition 64 to legalize recreational marijuana use will bring major changes, starting Wednesday, November 8, 2016. Here are some answers on what will unfold, when and why. (Hecht, 11/9)
California Just Declared Recreational Marijuana Legal. Here's What Happens Now.
Californians have legalized recreational pot, the Associated Press projects, but you can't buy it in California tomorrow and probably won't be able to until 2018. (Magolis, 11/9)