What Caught Our Eye (WCOE), June 2, 2017
What Caught Our Eye is our week-in-review blog series, where we recap the cancer policy articles, studies, and stories that caught our attention.

In the Spotlight

“Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Shows Americans View AHCA Unfavorably”

Via Kaiser Family FoundationWith Congress currently discussing the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a plan that would repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, this month’s Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that more Americans have an unfavorable view of the plan than a favorable one (55 percent vs. 31 percent, respectively).
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Affordable Care Act

“GOP Health Plan Could be Costly for Those with Pre-existing Conditions”

Via Associated PressUnder the bill, people who go without insurance for even just a couple of months – whether because of a job loss, a divorce, a serious illness that leaves them unable to work, or some other reason – could face sharply higher premiums if they try to sign up again for coverage, especially if they have a pre-existing condition. Some might find themselves priced out of the market.
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“The ACA is Neither Imploding Nor Collapsing”

Via Washington Post Opinion PagesObamacare is not collapsing. There are problems in parts of the nongroup markets — the ACA health-care exchanges — but these problems were in the process of getting worked out as insurers figured out how to profitably set prices. That progress is actively being undermined by the current administration.
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“GOP Senators Weigh Taxing Employer-Health Plans”

Via Wall Street JournalSenate Republicans set on reworking the Affordable Care Act are considering taxing employer-sponsored health insurance plans, a move that would meet stiff resistance from companies and potentially raise taxes on millions of people who get coverage on the job.
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“GOP Health Care Claims Don’t Hold Up”

Via NBC News — NBC News debunks several myths that are part of the GOP dialogue around the ACA replacement bill.
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“Uncertain Future of Individual Mandate Could Lead to Increase in Premiums”

Via Morning ConsultUncertainty about whether the Trump administration would enforce the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is causing heartburn for some insurers — and it’s evident in their requests to set premiums.
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Cancer Policy

“Hope and Hype Around Immunotherapy”

Via CNN.comImmunotherapy treatments for cancer are having a moment. Some hospitals and health care systems call it a “miracle in the making” and a “game-changer.” It’s a treatment approach that harnesses the body’s own immune system to target and attack a disease, such as cancer. Immunotherapy can come in many forms — vaccines, antibody or cellular therapies, or drugs — and can be received through an injection, a pill or capsule, a topical ointment or cream, or a catheter.
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Coping with Cancer

“Male Breast Cancer Less Common Than Women, But Still Serious”

Via the Cleveland ClinicIt’s not unusual for a patient to ask if men can get breast cancer, and the answer to the question is yes. In 2017, about 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed, and about 460 men will die from breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
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“‘The Stigma Needs to Stop’: Mom Who Never Smoked Fights Lung Cancer”

Via TODAY ShowErica Castaneda of Reno, Nevada, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in February 2016. The 38-year-old mom and stepmom of eight children, ranging in age from 21 to 4, says her terminal illness has been made worse by people who incorrectly assume she smoked. She shared her story with TODAY.
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