Healthcare News May 9, 2013

  • ObamaCare repeal vote next week in House

    In a nod to the right, House Republican leaders will once again seek to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law next week.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: House to vote again on ObamaCare repeal

    GOP leaders try to help their freshmen stake out a firmly anti-ObamaCare voting record, and gain support for another bill.

  • Senate fails to approve resolution condemning illegal medical practices

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) tried to pass a Senate resolution that would have condemned illegal abortion practices.

    Lee asked unanimous consent to pass his resolution on Wednesday in reaction to the case of Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortion doctor who is on trial for performing illegal and unsafe abortions.

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) objected, saying he’d prefer to pass his own resolution that condemns all illegal and unsanitary medical acts, including abortions. But Lee objected saying he didn’t have time to read the resolution before it was offered.

  • GOP questions stimulant use in dietary supplements

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee is launching an inquiry into a potentially dangerous stimulant used in dietary supplements sold by General Nutrition Centers (GNC).

    Top lawmakers on the committee sent a series of letters Wednesday to federal regulators, GNC and USPlabs, maker of a dietary supplement known as Jack3d.

    The powder is marketed as a workout enhancer and contains dimethylamylamine, a synthetic drug linked to several deaths. 

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