PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 March 2019 Ralph Blackburn Fewer youngsters getting measles jabs because of 'fake news' scare stories on social media. Picture: David Cheskin/PA Wire PA Wire/PA Images More than one-in-five children do not have the full MMR jabs in Tower Hamlets, with the NHS warning that vaccine “deniers” are gaining traction on social media. Take-up of the vaccine has significantly fallen, while NHS chief executive Simon Stevens blames anti-vaxxers increasing prominence as “part of the fake news movement”.Latest figures show fewer than eight-out-of-10 children turning five recorded in Tower Hamlets had received the recommended two measles, mumps and rubella jabs, or MMR, between April and September last year. This means 466 children are not fully vaccinated—lower than the national average and far below the 95pc target set by the World Health Organisation.“The vaccination ‘deniers’ are getting some … [Read more...] about Fewer children getting measles jabs because of ‘fake news scare stories on social media’
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Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE WASHINGTON — With health care a top issue in the midterms, President Donald Trump penned an opinion article defending his administration's actions and critiquing single-payer "Medicare for All" proposals favored by some Democrats that would provide coverage to every American. But the column, published Wednesday in USA Today, included a number of false and misleading claims, both about the Democratic plans and the White House's own policy. Others are accurate, but missing key context. Here's how the president's words measure up with experts, independent analyses, government reports, and his own actions. Pre-existing conditions The claim: "As a candidate, I promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care insurance options that would lower premiums. I have kept that promise, and we … [Read more...] about Fact check: What Trump gets wrong in his health care op-ed
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE WASHINGTON — Just four weeks ahead of the midterm elections, Senate Democrats are trying to force a vote Wednesday to overturn President Donald Trump’s executive order to allow for the sale of low-cost, low- coverage health insurance plans. The proposal, offered by Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., is an attempt to spotlight the Republican Party’s drive to unravel the Affordable Care Act and return focus to an issue that Democrats believe is a winning one, even if it is unlikely to pass in the Senate and the president has already issued a veto threat should it reach his desk. "The Senate will have an opportunity to undo a portion of the Republican campaign to sabotage health care," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor Tuesday. "And in November, the American people will have a golden opportunity to move our … [Read more...] about Senate Democrats look to turn focus back to health care
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE WASHINGTON — Another busy week on the airwaves included a mix of some consistent themes for both parties. Democrats continue to hammer home health-care related arguments and Republicans look to disqualify their rivals. But it wasn't all serious, one ad gave us puppies and children. Check out this week's YouTube playlist of the ads that caught the eye of the NBC News Political Unit, and read on for more on each spot. Sen. Jon Tester in Montana Senate Like the rest of the red-state Democrats this cycle, Tester has to walk a fine line in order to win a state President Trump won by a landslide in 2016. One way Tester has tried to do that is with a heavy emphasis on his work promoting border protection, one of Trump's signature issues. That's gotten a boost from an endorsement by the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union that … [Read more...] about Campaign ad watch: Kavanaugh, health care and puppies
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE WASHINGTON — Single-payer health care is hot right now among Democrats, but Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., got there early — first as an activist and then as a legislator. She's a co-chair of the Medicare For All Caucus, which has over 70 members. Now she's trying to give single-payer backers more electoral clout by founding the Medicare For All PAC, an organization devoted to backing like-minded candidates. The organization arrives at a critical time for single-payer advocates. While Medicare For All has made huge strides within the Democratic Party, there are internal debates about its viability and the issue is likely to play a big role in the 2020 presidential contest. Republicans are already attacking single-payer in midterm races around the country, providing an early test for supporters. Jayapal spoke with NBC News' Benjy … [Read more...] about Need answers on progressive plans for health care? This lawmaker’s a good place to start.