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Can Pfizer and Moderna End the Pandemic by Sharing Their Vaccine Designs? It’s Not that Simple

“Pfizer and Moderna could share their design with dozens of other pharma companies who stand ready to produce their vaccines and end the pandemic.” — Feb. 3 in a Facebook post Vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna earned praise for creating highly effective covid-19 vaccines in record time. But are they inadvertently hurting the public by […]

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S.D. Governor Gives State High Marks in Handling the Pandemic. Are They Deserved?

“We did have tragedies and we did have losses. But we also got through it better than virtually every other state.” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on “The Ingraham Angle,” Fox News, Feb. 2, 2021 Covid-19 has pushed states to adopt unique approaches to protect their residents, but few have garnered as much scrutiny as […]

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Health Issues Carried Weight on the Campaign Trail. What Could Biden Do in His First 100 Days?

Joe Biden ran on an expansive health care platform during his 2020 presidential campaign, with a broad array of promises such as adding a government-sponsored health plan to the Affordable Care Act and lowering prescription drug prices. Perhaps most significantly, he pledged to get control of the covid pandemic that claimed more than 400,000 American lives […]

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Arguing to Undo the ACA. Harming Medicare. Do They Go Hand in Hand?

“Trump is pushing to slash Medicare benefits.” — Digital and TV campaign ad, Oct. 9, 2020 This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). It’s a tried-and-true campaign strategy. Candidates go on the attack, claiming their opponent will do harm to Medicare. After all, people 65 and […]

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Did Trump Confuse the Public Option With ‘Medicare for All’?

“They have 180 million people, families under what he wants to do, which will basically be socialized medicine — you won’t even have a choice — they want to terminate 180 million plans.” President Donald Trump during the presidential debate, Oct. 22, 2020 During the final presidential debate, President Donald Trump claimed that 180 million […]

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Trump Says He Saved 2 Million Lives From COVID. Really?

“We saved 2 million people” from dying of COVID-19.” President Donald Trump, during the Oct. 15 town hall on NBC News This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed to have saved 2 million lives from COVID-19 through his actions to […]

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No, the WHO Didn’t Change Its Lockdown Stance or ‘Admit’ Trump Was Right

“The World Health Organization just admitted that I was right. Lockdowns are killing countries all over the world. The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself.” President Donald Trump, in a tweet, Oct. 12 This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). On Monday, President Donald […]

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Biden’s in the Ballpark on How Many People Have Preexisting Conditions

“There’s 100 million people that have pre-existing conditions.” — Former Vice President Joe Biden, during the Sept. 29 presidential debate This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). The first minutes of Tuesday’s presidential debate immediately turned to how President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice […]

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Trump’s Executive Order on Preexisting Conditions Lacks Teeth, Experts Say

Protecting people with preexisting medical conditions is an issue that has followed President Donald Trump his entire first term. Now, Trump has signed an executive order that he says locks in coverage regardless of anyone’s health history. “Any health care reform legislation that comes to my desk from Congress must protect the preexisting conditions or […]

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Cory Gardner’s Bill Has as Much to Do With Politics as Preexisting Conditions

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said he authored legislation “to guarantee coverage to people with pre-existing conditions — no matter what happens to Obamacare.” — In a tweet on Sept. 15 Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican running in a tight race for reelection in Colorado, says he wants to protect people with medical conditions. In a […]