What Caught Our Eye (WCOE), May 12, 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.

Affordable Care Act Repeal / AHCA

“Republicans Don’t Feel Your Pain”

Via New York Times Opinion Pages“According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, at the highest point of all, the 400 households with annual incomes exceeding $300 million apiece, the tax cut would be worth an estimated $7 million.”

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“Republicans misstate, again and again on TV and at town halls, what’s in their health-care bill”

Via Washington Post“…these lawmakers face two potential backlashes: one if opponents of Obamacare perceive the bill does not go far enough, and another from Americans worried that the bill would eliminate their coverage. The result has been a confused sales effort — and a series of flat misstatements and contradictions about what’s actually in the bill.”

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“Republicans Redefine What It Means to Fix Obamacare”

Via Washington Post“But now many Republicans, especially conservatives, are judging their own success at replacing the health-care law by just one benchmark: whether it lowers insurance premiums. Not how many people it covers. Not how much it lowers federal spending. Not whether it reduces red tape.”

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“Trump health bill really unpopular, poll shows”

Via Washington Examiner“The poll showed that 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the House bill, called the American Health Care Act, while 23 percent didn’t answer the question or said they didn’t know.”

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Cancer Policy

“Four things Americans should know about Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the new head of the FDA”

Via LA Times“Gottlieb is a cancer survivor, having been successfully treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
That experience prompted Gottlieb to become a cancer policy advisor for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. The coalition, in turn, strongly endorsed his nomination to head the FDA.
In a statement issued when Trump nominated him in mid-March, the coalition said that Gottlieb ‘understands the human toll cancer takes on individuals and families, during both treatment and long-term survivorship. He is open to a wide range of perspectives, including those of the patients whose lives depend on a strong FDA.’”

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“A giant drugmaker just set the strictest price-increase caps of the industry”

Via Business Insider“Cybele Bjorklund, Sanofi’s head of global policy, said the company decided to use the NHE as a benchmark because it was independent and had some level of predictability. ‘Single digit is somewhat arbitrary,’ she said.

And if that inflation rate were to go down? ‘We’re willing to live with wherever it goes,’ she said.”

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“Head and Neck Cancer Patients Need Coordinated Survivorship Care Planning”

Via Cancer Network“We need to improve patient education about survivorship and long-term care,” said Minoka Hicks, RN, BSN, BA, OCN, of the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, North Carolina.

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“Why we need a Cancer Care Act”

Via The Hill“Driven by discoveries of the molecular causes of cancer and revolutionary therapies, such as immunotherapy, the transformation of many cancer types into chronic, manageable diseases will become a reality during the next few decades. Despite headlines about precision and personalized medicine with targeted cancer drugs, genomics, and digital health, the real heroes of this battle are cancer patients and their families.”

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Coping with Cancer

“Jean Ellsworth-Wolk on Navigating Survivorship for Adolescent and Young Adults”

Via Oncology Nursing News“Jean Ellsworth-Wolk, MS, RN, AOCNS, coordinator of the cancer survivorship program at Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center discusses navigating adolescent and young adult patients with cancer.

These patients can get lost as they don’t quite fit in with older patients or pediatric patients. They also tend to have the most intense treatments and therefore need careful follow-up to be aware of late and long-term effects. On top of that, they also are at higher risk to develop obesity, smoking habits and drinking habits.”

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