Forgive us for publishing yet another top story on the US election, but this one won’t mention the presidential candidates.
Setting aside the top-of-ballot candidates’ promises, there’s no shortage of health and science issues at play today across the US, as a STAT team deftly reminds us.
What to Watch:
- Big Pharma is watching a tight North Carolina race. If Sen. Thom Tillis loses, it loses a powerful friend. Tillis has authored legislation that makes it easier for drug makers to “preserve exclusivity on blockbuster drugs.”
- Democratic Senate candidate Barbara Bollier has run an uphill campaign in conservative Kansas against a fellow doctor Roger Marshall, who has advocated for repealing the Affordable Care Act. Bollier’s top issues: COVID-19, “drug prices, Medicaid expansion, surprise billing, and access to abortion.”
- Drug manufacturers and other industry groups have showered money on 2,000 state lawmakers who could seek to shift health industry laws.
- States have ballot initiatives on everything from cigarettes(Oregon considers a $2 jump in taxes on cigarette packs) to medical marijuana (Mississippi).
And: Kaiser Health News points out even if Democrats retake the Senate, they’ll likely have a slim majority, making major legislative wins difficult.
Don’t Forget: Supreme court to hear Obamacare case that may lead to 20m losing insurance – The Guardian
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