Trump vs. Biden On Health Care: A Stark Choice For Voters

The future of the U.S. health care system will depend a great deal on whether President Donald Trump wins reelection or former Vice President Joe Biden defeats him, and the contrasts between Trump’s record and Biden’s aspirations make the stakes plain.

Although Biden, a Democrat, isn’t campaigning in favor of anything as dramatic as “Medicare for All,” it’s hard to overstate the differences between his vision for American health care and Trump’s.

Like his fellow Republicans, Trump wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and for the government to do less about the cost and the availability of decent coverage. Biden wants to preserve and build upon the 2010 law also known as “Obamacare” and enlarge the government’s role in making health care more accessible and affordable.

Either man’s agenda would depend on outside political forces.

Trump is counting on the Supreme Court to eliminate the law, and has faced

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GOW Task Force, health departments offer ‘Linkage to Care’ online app

Press release:

The GOW Opioid Task Force, in conjunction with the Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments, has released a new “Linkage to Care” online application to help citizens connect with support centers for opioid rehabilitation and training in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

“We are pleased to be a part of the development of this valuable application,” said Paul Pettit, director of the Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments (GO Health).  “Our region has been working collaboratively over the last several years to provide resources and access to services for those who are struggling with substance use issues.”

Pettit said the app provides locations and contact information for the GOW Opioid Task Force region’s programs and local services that are available in a user-friendly platform to access anytime on a person’s smart phone.

Brenden Bedard, director of Community Health Services for GO Health, encouraged those who are having issues

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How Care Has Transformed In 2020

Tlalit Bussi Tel Tzure is the vice president of business development and global marketing for IceCure Medical.

We now live in a world where the risk of potential exposure to Covid-19 affects how every health care decision is made. This has huge ramifications for all diseases, but I’ve seen how the pandemic has created frightening circumstances for breast cancer patients in particular.

During October — Breast Cancer Awareness Month — I want to share some of my firsthand business insights into the breast cancer field. This is based on my decade’s worth of experience in marketing and business development roles in the health care sector targeting international markets. Specifically, I will focus on how health care facilities and businesses faced with unprecedented challenges have rapidly acted to bring about new — and potentially long-lasting — solutions during the pandemic.

How Covid-19 Affected Breast Cancer Care

The initial Covid-19

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Empathy Overload? How To Care For Yourself While Supporting Others : Shots

Social workers know "compassion fatigue" is a risk of the job, and have learned ways stay healthy and empathetic.
Social workers know "compassion fatigue" is a risk of the job, and have learned ways stay healthy and empathetic.

Feeling overwhelmed? Maybe the parent of a preschooler in your family just called to say they need extra help with child care, and a sick neighbor wants to know if you can pick up some groceries for her. Meanwhile, your best friend keeps calling, wanting to vent.

In less stressful times, perhaps, you’d have jumped to help out and lend an ear. But after months of social isolation, juggling work demands, and caring for loved ones, the balance has started to tip. Suddenly your own need for emotional support is outweighing your capacity for kindness.

That’s understandable, and OK. If you’re feeling numb or overburdened these days in response to another’s pain or request for help, that doesn’t make you unkind. What you’re feeling could instead be what we mental health professionals call “compassion fatigue.”

Anxiety, sadness, and low self-worth can also be symptoms of this sort of emotional exhaustion,

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Amazon Care telemedicine service job listings hint at expansion

Amazon employees are told they can get health care on call

Amazon Care, the company’s online medical clinic for its own employees, is trying to hire half a dozen people in business development roles to “build and grow relationships with commercial and public sector enterprises.” Most of the roles were posted in the past month.

By building a business development team, the company is signaling an intention to go broader than its own employees. Amazon has a history of developing products that it tests out on its own workforce before expanding to a broader population.

Moreover, a person familiar with the business unit’s plans told CNBC that Amazon Care has started reaching out to health plans and employers in the Washington area to discuss opportunities to expand beyond its own employees. The plans are in an exploratory phase and may not result in expansion.

Amazon Care, which launched as a

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Overnight Health Care: Pfizer could apply for vaccine authorization by late November | State health officials say they need $8.4B for vaccination effort | CDC: Blacks, Hispanics dying of COVID-19 at disproportionately high rates

Welcome to Friday’s Overnight Health Care.

The CDC released new data showing people of color are dying of COVID-19 at disproportionately high rates. State health officials tell Congress they need more money for vaccine distribution. And NARAL, a pro-choice group is calling for new Democratic leadership on the Senate Judiciary Committee after the top Democrat on the panel Sen. Diane Feinstein (Calif.) praised the proceedings surrounding Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSix takeaways from Trump and Biden’s dueling town halls Biden draws sharp contrast with Trump in low-key town hall Trump fields questions on coronavirus, conspiracy theories in combative town hall MORE’s confirmation. 

Let’s start with some vaccine news: 

Pfizer could apply for US emergency use approval for coronavirus vaccine by late November

It’s now looking even more likely that there will not be a coronavirus vaccine before Election Day, a goal that always faced tough odds for success.  

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Health care reform that works

Republican candidates across the country are getting pummeled with ads by challengers using an upcoming Supreme Court case as the weapon to frighten millions of Americans into believing they will lose their health care and pre-existing condition protections if the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is struck down. The issue was front and center in this week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSix takeaways from Trump and Biden’s dueling town halls Biden draws sharp contrast with Trump in low-key town hall Trump fields questions on coronavirus, conspiracy theories in combative town hall MORE to the high court.

There is little or no chance the court will so significantly reverse course and declare the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional because the individual mandate no longer contains a tax penalty. But candidates need to show that they have a plan to protect the vulnerable.

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