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THE ABORTION DIVISION — The Future of Abortion Rights Will Be Determined in State Capitals, Not Washington, D.C.

This reality changed after-Dobbs governor races across the country, where the winners could determine whether millions of women will have the right to abortion.

Democrats lean in, while Republicans often stay on the sidelines,POLITICO’s Zach Montellaro and Megan Messerly report.

The latest example came on Friday when an Arizona court ruled that a 19th-century law banning nearly all abortions could take effect, prompting clinics to stop offering the procedure. Abortion rights advocates should appeal.

The law bans all abortions except when necessary to save the life of a pregnant person, and was enacted before Arizona joined the Union in 1912. It has been blocked since 1973, shortly time after Roe vs. Wade was overthrown.

This decision sparked outrage among Democrats, while Republicans were mostly silent.

“I mourn today’s decision,” Katie Hobbs, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for the state’s open seat, said in a statement. “We must now turn our anger into motivation to win in November and restore our fundamental rights.”

Follow the money: Democratic gubernatorial candidates and outside groups have spent nearly $34 million on TV ads mentioning abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Deer, by ad-tracking firm AdImpact, while Republicans spent about $1 million.

Republicans focus on issues like the economy or crime, accusing Democrats of turning a blind eye to issues that the GOP says voters are most concerned about.

“It only further reinforces the voters they would need to actually win that the Democrats not only don’t care about their biggest concerns, but also have no plan to address them,” the door said. -Republican Governors Association spokesperson Joanna Rodriguez. “Moderate and independent voters needed to build winning coalitions in competitive gubernatorial races worry about the economy, crime and education.”

Power of governors over abortion has already been seen in recent months, with West Virginia and Indiana passing abortion bans and more states likely to pass abortion legislation next year.

Nationwide, Republicans control more governorships — 28 to 22 — but more Americans live in states with a Democrat in their governor’s mansion. Forecasters predict that the trend will not change after the midterm.

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TELEHEALTH, THE GOLD RUSH FOR HOME CARE — Retail giants including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and CVS are trying to get a bigger share of the healthcare market and are investing billions to do so, but they may need the government to give them a hand. a helping hand to succeed, I point out.

This month, CVS doled out $8 billion to buy Signify Health (offering telehealth and home visits) on the heels of Amazon’s July $3.9 billion purchase of primary care provider One. Medical (which the FTC is taking a closer look at). Best Buy paid nearly $400 million for remote patient monitoring company Current Health in November, and Walmart bought telehealth provider MeMD last year for an unknown price.

The companies are pushing the government to expand access to telehealth once the Covid-19 public health emergency is over and, in some cases, antitrust approval of the deals. Virtual care is key to their business moves, given the potential of telehealth visits to reduce costs compared to in-person care.

“We’re making a long-term strategic bet that more care will shift to the home over the next 10 years,” said Chris McCann, CEO of Best Buy’s Current Health.

The bets are not without risk, given the heightened antitrust scrutiny under FTC Chairman Lina Khan and the deadlock in Congress. And lawmakers have raised concerns about telemedicine fraud, an issue that could stall legislative efforts.

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH DATA SURVEY — New poll from progressive data firm Navigator Research found that nearly two in three Americans would support Congress passing legislation banning reproductive health apps and search engines from selling or sharing data about women.

This includes most Republicans (54%) and an overwhelming majority of Democrats (71%) and independents (64%). Only 27% of Republicans said they would oppose such legislation.

Rep. Sara Jacobs’ (D-Calif.) My Body, My Data Act, which would strengthen data protections, has garnered broad Democratic support but would face a rocky road in the Senate.

“Since the Dobbs decision leaked from the Supreme Court, I’ve heard from friends, peers and panicked constituents that their reproductive health data could be weaponized against them in our post-Roe world,” Jacobs said in a statement. “This new poll underscores these very real fears and the need for Congress to act immediately.”

THE GOP HEALTH CARE PROGRAM — About a month and a half after they were expected to win back the chamber, House Republicans rolled out their platform on Friday in Pennsylvania, POLITICO’s Sarah Ferris and Olivia Beavers report.

While the focus is on the fight against illegal immigration and crime, the agenda also includes a number of health care issues.

The Republicans’ Commitment to America program aims to “personalize care to provide affordable, higher-quality options from trusted physicians” and lower prices through “transparency, choice, and competition.” The plan also calls for boosting access to telehealth and investing more in “life-saving remedies”.

Some Republicans call for repeal of Democratic drug pricing legislation, Axios reports.

“HOW A CALIFORNIA TOWN SURVIVED COVID BETTER THAN THE REST” – What would have happened if more tests had been available during the pandemic? POLITICO California’s Victoria Colliver explores how the college town of Davis might give some clues.

The city, home to the University of California, Davis, faced a potential superspreader event in the summer of 2020 when students returned to campus, also raising concerns about the spread of Covid in the community. Davis. University leaders saw regular testing as the way to protect the city, even if testing was hard to come by.

The university needed to make testing quick and cheap for thousands of people a week. A world-class agricultural institution, it had expertise in pandemic testing (for plants) and was handing out money for expensive mass testing machines. Aided by an anonymous donation of $40 million, the school tested students and staff weekly and made free walk-in testing available across the city.

“What started as a sketch on a piece of paper has turned into what is probably the highest per capita Covid testing rate in the country – and some of the lowest infection rates in the country,” writes Victoria. “Ultimately, Davis and surrounding areas experienced a different type of pandemic than virtually anywhere else in the country. The university itself escaped a wave of outbreaks that swept through other campuses.

Katie Thomas and Jessica Silver-Greenberg of The New York Times have this title: “How a hospital chain used a poor neighborhood to make huge profits.”

Even though the water has returned to Jackson, the crisis remains, Reports by Renuka Rayasam of Kaiser Health News.

The White House is selling drug price reforms as a way to reduce cancer deaths, STAT’s Rachel Cohrs reports.

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