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Sen. McCain ‘cannot in good conscience’ vote for proposed GOP health law

Sen. John McCain, whose thumbs-down crushed his Republican colleagues’ previous attempt to repeal Obamacare, put a last-ditch effort to meet their long-sought goal on the ropes.

The Arizona lawmaker on Friday said in a statement “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” a bill that takes funds for health care out of federal control and places them in states’ hands. It would also eliminate the unpopular individual and employer mandates, but critics have come out against how it allocates Medicaid funding and the potential for insurers to raise premiums on people with pre-existing conditions.

McCain is the second Republican to come out as a firm “no” against the bill, joining Sen. Rand Paul, who says the proposal doesn’t go far enough in replacing the Affordable Care Act. Maine Sen. Susan Collins on Friday said she is “leaning against” the bill, and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski has expressed strong reservations.

Republican senators have until Sept. 30 to push a repeal bill through. After that, protections will expire that keep the measure from being filibustered and allows passage with a simple majority vote. With 52 seats and unanimous Democratic opposition, the GOP can only afford to lose two votes — Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote if the count is 50-50.

McCain is a close friend of South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who proposed the bill along with Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy, but he has come out strongly against the rushed nature of the measure, which will see limited debate and time in front of committees.

“As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate,” the statement reads. “Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment. That is the only way we might achieve bipartisan consensus on lasting reform, without which a policy that affects one-fifth of our economy and every single American family will be subject to reversal with every change of administration and congressional majority.”

McCain, who is battling brain cancer, provided the decisive tally to kill the Republicans’ “skinny repeal” measure in an early morning vote July 29.

“I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition. Far from it,” McCain said of his latest decision. “The bill’s authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. So am I.”

Graham responded on Twitter: “My friendship with [McCain] is not based on how he votes but respect for how he’s lived his life and the person he is.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) released a statement on McCain’s announcement, saying he “shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a naval aviator. I have assured Senator McCain that as soon as repeal is off the table, we Democrats are intent on resuming the bipartisan process.”

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Dawood in good health, lives in Pakistan, Iqbal Kaskar tells police

THANE: Under interrogation in police custody, Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar has categorically stated that his brother and fugitive mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar is very much in Pakistan and in good health, official sources revealed on Friday.

Despite reports in India that Dawood is very ill and crippled due to multiple ailments, Iqbal has claimed that his brother is in fact “very fit and fine” and even keeps moving around in cities in like Karachi, Lahore or Rawalpindi, under tight security, Iqbal told investigating officials.

Iqbal was arrested early on Tuesday by a crack team of Thane Anti-Extortion Cell headed by former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma who had picked him up from his Mumbai home late on Monday night in an extortion case.

Besides Dawood – who has links with Latin American drug mafia, his brother Anees Ibrahim Kaskar and a close aide Chhota Shakeel also live in a posh locality in Karachi, Iqbal told interrogators.

Significantly, the revelation came on a day when Indian diplomat Eenam Gambhir termed Pakistan as “terroristan” at the United Nations General Assembly for its support to terrorism.

In another shocking disclosure, Iqbal said that his sister-in-law, Mehjabin Shaikh (Dawood’s wife) visited Mumbai sometime in 2016 to meet her father, Salim Kashmiri, before quietly departing.

It is not clear how she gained entry or under what identity she managed to travel to India and returned without detection by multiple agencies.

Sharma told media persons that the statements made by Iqbal, including whether an extortion racket is run in his name, shall be independently verified before arriving at any conclusion.

Iqbal claimed that Dawood has not called up his family in India since the past couple of years fearing his calls may be tapped by various agencies, but Anees usually speaks with the family on festivals like Eid.

During the grilling sessions, Iqbal also provided the location addresses of four residences belonging to Dawood in Karachi and other information about the family.

He admitted that his brother Anees had called him from some international numbers, but denied that his brothers had involvement in the extortion racket for which he (Iqbal) has been arrested.

Deported from the United Arab Emirates in 2003, Iqbal was arrested after he allegedly threatened a builder in Thane using Dawood’s name and demanded four flats and Rs 30 lakh cash.

Late on Monday, when Sharma’s team reached his south Mumbai home, Iqbal was busy watching the “Kaun Banega Crorepati” show and eating biryani.

He sought permission to finish his biryani, which Sharma allowed and even advised him to take his medicines if reqiored before whisking him off to Thane.

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Steve Kerr ‘on a good path’ health-wise

  • Head coach Steve Kerr looks down the bench at his players as the Golden State Warriors played the Minnesota Timberwolves at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle



Growing up in Los Angeles, Steve Kerr came to appreciate one of the great Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully’s go-to axioms: “We’re all day-to-day.”

It is a phrase the Warriors’ head coach figures sums up his current health status. After an offseason spent trying to find a solution to the chronic pain that has plagued him for more than two years, Kerr still experiences blinding headaches, dizziness and nausea — the nagging aftermath from a back surgery that resulted in a spinal-fluid leak.

“I feel better,” Kerr said at the team’s Media Day. “I’m not 100 percent, but I’m on a good path. I’m confident I’ll be 100 percent at some point. I’d rather it be sooner than later. It’s been a long odyssey, as you know. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m lucky to have the support of, not only the players, but (general manager) Bob (Myers) and (majority owner) Joe (Lacob). They’ve been so supportive. I’m looking forward to the season. I’m excited.”

Kerr’s health is one of the biggest questions looming over another championship-or-bust season. Though he has done his best to handle his symptoms, Kerr missed the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season and 11 games of the 2017 playoffs to seek an answer to his pain. The hope is that he won’t have to step away from the bench again.

“He looks and feels good, is in good spirits,” Myers said. “In his mind, he’s coaching our entire season.”

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @Con_Chron

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An eye for good health

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Wednesday morning at the Marshalltown Public Library, Lioness Club President Diane Maile (background) and her husband, Bob, were on hand to perform free vision screenings for youths ages six months to 10 years old, as representatives of the Iowa Lions Foundation. Using a special camera, photos were taken of children’s eyes. The images will then be evaluated by the University of Iowa, with results sent back to the parents. So far, the Marshall County Lions and Lioness Clubs have screened more than 330 children this year. Pictured is Olivia Rodriguez, 3, getting her vision screened.

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Giddy-up for Good Health

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Another Good Reason Not To Pee In The Pool

The chlorine that kills germs in water can interact with sunscreen, sweat and urine to create irritating chemicals.

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The chlorine that kills germs in water can interact with sunscreen, sweat and urine to create irritating chemicals.

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Waterparks can be fun, but they also can pose unexpected health risks – in this case, eye and respiratory problems. And that shower you never take before you get in the pool plays a role.

In July 2015, patrons at an indoor waterpark resort in Ohio started to complain about eye and respiratory problems. Local health officials surveyed patrons and waterpark employees, who reported issues like eye burning, nose irritation, difficulty breathing and vomiting. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention then stepped in to investigate.

The CDC found two problems, according to Dr. Sophia Chiu, a medical officer at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and lead author of the study, which was published Thursday in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Chlorine used as a disinfectant in swimming pools often interacts with other chemicals to create irritating airborne byproducts. Normally, ventilation in indoor waterparks is supposed to remove the byproducts. But at the Ohio waterpark the ventilation system wasn’t working properly, the CDC found, with fans in five of the six HVAC units not operating.

This isn’t a shock to chemists. Chlorine keeps pools safe by killing germs that might cause unpleasant illnesses like diarrhea. But it also interacts with organic compounds like sweat, personal care products and swimmers’ urine to create “disinfection byproducts” like chloramines, cyanogen chloride and nitrosamines. They can irritate the skin, eyes, and the respiratory tract, according to the CDC.

To reduce the risk of illness, the CDC recommends that indoor waterparks maintain good ventilation systems, and that pool workers and swimmers swiftly report health issues.

Not peeing in the pool could help too, since urine is a key contributor to disinfection byproducts. For the casual swimmer, that may seem like an obvious no-no. But for competitive swimmers, not bothering to get out of the pool for a bathroom break is actually pretty common, according to a report in Chemical Engineering News.

Just How Much Pee Is In That Pool?

Earlier this year, scientists reported that the average commercial swimming pool contains about 20 gallons of urine – a number they calculated based on the amount of artificial sweetener detected in pool water.

And those signs in the pool locker room asking that you shower off before getting in the pool? Turns out, that could help, too. Chiu says that showering before getting into the pool can reduce the amount of sweat, lotion and sunscreen that gets into the pool in the first place.

Greta Jochem is an intern on the NPR Science Desk.

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Jim Hightower: If You Don’t Have Good Health Care, Neither Should Your Rep

Sept. 20, 2017 – Want good quality, lower-cost health care for your family. And — what the heck, let’s think big here — for every man, woman, and child in our society?

Here’s how we can finally get Congress to pass such a program.

Step One: Take away every dime of the multimillion-dollar government subsidy that members of Congress get to cover their platinum-level health insurance. Let them have to live with the same exorbitantly expensive, dysfunctional, and (let’s admit it) sick system of medical profiteering they’ve thrust on us.

Eliminate all of their special treatments, including shutting down their “Office of the Attending Physician” — a little-known spot of pure, 100 percent socialized medicine conveniently located in our US Capitol to provide government-paid doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others who give immediate, on-the-spot attention to these special ones.

Well, you might say, they still won’t feel the pain. They’re 1-percenters, pulling down $174,000 a year each from us taxpayers, meaning they can afford to buy decent health insurance.

Ah, but here comes Step Two: Put all of our congressional goof-offs on pay-for-performance salaries.

Why pay them a flat rate whether they produce or not?

For example, American babies are one-third more likely to die in their first year of life than babies in Poland, which provides universal health insurance for all of its people.

So, every year that the U.S. Congress fails to provide health coverage for every American family, the members should get their pay docked by a third. Pay them only when they deliver for the people.

When Congress finally assures good health care for all of us, then its members would get the same coverage. But until they deliver for the whole public, the public owes them nothing.

OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also the editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown. Distributed by

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Expert advice for recovery and overall good health

Mary D. Chamberlin, MD Hematology Oncology Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Q: Should I exercise during cancer treatment and/or recovery?

A. “Exercise is always a great idea and essentially means getting up and moving for the sake of your health, and not to accomplish anything else. Restrictions should be based on your physical limitations only. Getting up and walking an extra loop around the parking lot or hospital waiting room for example, even for just 10 minutes a day, after a few weeks can lead to less fatigue, more energy, a more positive outlook, better digestion, better circulation and less inflammation. The optimal amount to exercise is to work up to and maintain 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic exercise. That means walking at a pace where you get sweaty and have to breathe more quickly so you can’t finish a sentence without taking a breath. Over and over again studies have shown how important this is to recovery and good health.”

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This QA is part of New Hampshire Magazine‘s Pink Power: Breast Health Awareness special advertising section that was featured in the October 2017 issue.

This article appears in the October 2017 issue of New Hampshire Magazine

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The Latest: Trump says GOP health care law has ‘good chance’

The Latest on the Senate Republican push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is offering strong support for the last-ditch GOP effort to repeal “Obamacare.”

Trump said Wednesday that the legislation by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana has a “very good chance.”

Trump made the comments before meeting with the president of Egypt in New York City during an annual United Nations gathering.

Trump says this legislation “is much better actually than the previous shot.” He says he thinks many Republicans are “embarrassed” that they have not overturned former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The legislation would repeal central elements of the health care law. States would get block grants instead.


2:15 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to bring up a GOP health care bill on the Senate floor next week.

That’s according to McConnell’s spokesman, David Popp.

The legislation by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would repeal central elements of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. State would get block grants instead.

Republicans must vote on the bill by the end of next week or lose access to special budget rules that prevent Democrats from filibustering.

McConnell has been short of votes for the legislation and it remains unclear if he has the votes in hand to pass the measure.

Popp’s statement said: “It is the leader’s intention to consider Graham-Cassidy on the floor next week.”


12:40 p.m.

New Jersey’s governor — Republican Chris Christie — says he opposes a health care overhaul that GOP senators in Washington are pushing.

Christie says he’s been lobbied to support the proposal. But he says he won’t back it because it would take money away from New Jersey and other states that expanded Medicaid.

He’s promoting his efforts to address New Jersey’s opioid epidemic. His administration has used Medicaid money for treatment.


9:40 a.m.

Sen. Bill Cassidy is making a last-minute ditch effort to repeal the Obama health law and replace it.

The plan promoted by the Louisiana Republican would undo the central pillars of former President Barack Obama’s law. The legislation would rely on grants to the states so they could make their own health care coverage rules.

He tells MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that his bill “will bring power to that patient, power to that state for them to have control over their health care future.”


8:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he hopes Republican senators will vote for new legislation that aims to repeal and replace the health care law enacted by his predecessor.

Trump says on Twitter that the developing plan is “GREAT!” and “Ends Ocare!” a reference to the existing “Obamacare” health law.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are the sponsors.

The bill would undo the central pillars of President Barack Obama’s health care law and replace them with block grants to states so they can devise their own health care coverage rules.

Senate Republicans defeated an effort earlier this year to repeal Obama’s law.

Trump also criticizes Kentucky Republican Sen. Ran Paul for opposing the bill. Trump says Paul is “such a negative force when it comes to fixing healthcare.”


4:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders are engaged in a frantic search for votes in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pressing hard for the newly revived effort, which had been left for dead as recently as a week or two ago. But in a sign he remained short of votes, McConnell refused on Tuesday to commit to bringing the legislation up for a vote.

As in July, much of the focus is on Arizona Sen. John McCain. Would he step back in line with fellow Republicans now that there was a bill co-written by Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, his best friend in the Senate? McCain wasn’t saying. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, another crucial vote, wasn’t disclosing her views, either.

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Missing elderly woman found in good health


Mary Rhymer

UPDATE: 85-year-old Mary Rhymer has been found and is in good health.

PADUCAH, KY (WPSD) — McCracken County deputies are looking for a missing elderly woman.

85-year-old Mary Rhymer is a resident at Morningside of Paducah located at 1700 Elmdale Road.

Deputies say she walked off around 10:14 p.m. Monday and has not been seen since.

She is wearing the outfit pictured and blue tennis shoes.

Mary also suffers from dementia.

If you have seen her, call the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department at (270) 444-4719.

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