Republican Health Proposal Would Redirect Money From Poor to Rich – The New York Times

Republicans in Congress have been saying for months that they are working on a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare in the Trump era. Now we have the outline of that plan, and it looks as if it would redirect federal support away from poorer Americans and toward people who are wealthier. A white paper […]

Massive Genetic Study of North Americans Suggests We Are Even More Diverse Than We Thought

Image: Getty As individuals, our DNA offers insight into things like our personalities, our health and where we come from. But taken together, all those individual portraits can add up to paint a detailed history of humankind. A study published this week in Nature Communications led by the DNA testing company Ancestry.com presents exactly this kind […]

CDC abruptly cancels long-planned conference on climate change and health – The Washington Post

Smoke billows from stacks as a Chinese woman wears as mask while walking in a neighborhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) With little warning or explanation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently canceled a major climate change conference that had been scheduled for next month in […]

Affordable water may soon dry up, especially if you live here | PBS NewsHour

Water may become unaffordable for a third of American households within the next five years. Photo by Enid Martindale/via Flickr Remember this number: $120. It’s the average monthly water bill in America. Researchers at Michigan State University predict this figure will rise by $49 over the next five years. And if it does, water may […]

Senate Takes Major Step Toward Repealing Health Care Law – The New York Times

Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, heading to the floor during a marathon session of votes on Wednesday. Republican leaders say they will work closely with President-elect Donald J. Trump to develop legislation to repeal and replace the health care law. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans […]

Judge rules doctors can refuse trans patients and women who have had abortions

On Saturday, a United States district judge ruled that doctors may turn away women who have had abortions and transgender patients on the basis of religious freedom. In his order, Judge Reed O’Connor argued laws that would otherwise forbid gender-based discrimination require doctors emove the categorical exclusion of transitions and abortions (a condition they assert is a […]