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Writing Your Way Through Cancer

Earth, wind, sky, clouds, rocks
Have me,
If you will.
This body — no longer young
Not quite old.
From the Earth we come, (capital E)
To the Earth we’ll return.

When Lynn Scozzari wrote the beginning lines of that poem, “The Offering,” in 2013, she was staring at a photo of a naked woman seated on a rock, her arms thrust open to a valley below. Scozzari herself was in a conference room of the cancer center at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., seated at a table stocked with coffee and tissues.

Hospitals Slashed Use Of Two Heart Drugs After Huge Price Hikes

Even before media reports and a congressional hearing vilified Valeant Pharmaceuticals International for raising prices on a pair of lifesaving heart drugs, Dr. Umesh Khot knew something was very wrong. Khot is a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, which prides itself on outstanding heart care. The health system’s pharmacists had alerted doctors about the skyrocketing cost of the drugs, nitroprusside and isoproterenol. But these two older drugs, frequently used in emergency and intensive care situations, have no direct alternatives.

Repeal-And-Delay Proposal Fails In Senate

As senators continue to debate health care legislation, a "clean" plan to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act in two years, without replacing it, fails to garner enough votes to pass.

The future of Republican efforts to overhaul the Affordable Care Act remains uncertain, but it appears the bill will not be gutted without a replacement, following a Wednesday afternoon vote in Washington, D.C.

Here's a look at reporting on the topic.

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