Good morning ... Roses, chocolate, plastering a 40-foot-tall photo of your wife's face on the side of a building — so many ways to say "I love you." So many normal, balanced, just-the-two-of us ways ...
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Johnson & Johnson was the "kingpin" that fueled the country's opioid crisis, serving as a top supplier, seller and lobbyist, according to a state official leading the legal fight against the companies that helped create the crisis.
Driving the news: Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has asked a state court to publicly release millions of pages of confidential J&J documents, Axios' Bob Herman reports this morning.
The intrigue: Johnson & Johnson has an extensive history with prescription painkillers.
That's not all: Oklahoma is alleging J&J targeted vulnerable populations, including children and older adults, for painkiller prescriptions. The state also says J&J funded groups that aggressively advocated for easy access to opioids.
The other side: J&J urged the Oklahoma court to deny the attorney general's request, saying the state is seeking "sensationalistic headlines and to poison potential jurors."
The bottom line: Purdue Pharma has become the primary villain in opioid litigation so far. But Oklahoma clearly sees J&J as another prime target.
Presidential budget proposals — all of them, no matter the president — are aspirational. They are not bills with the potential to be signed into law; they are statements about an administration's priorities.
With that in mind, here are the health care highlights from the budget proposal the White House released yesterday.
Things that only matter politically:
Ideas to watch:
What's next: HHS Secretary Alex Azar heads to Capitol Hill for hearings on the budget today (before House Energy and Commerce), tomorrow (House Appropriations) and Thursday (Senate Finance).
Reality check: Yes, the budget proposes reducing Medicare spending by more than $800 billion over a decade.
Between the lines: Some of Trump's specific cuts are bipartisan.
You can choose your hypocrite here — Democrats are criticizing something they've done; Republicans are doing something they've criticized.
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Hospitals can be volatile and dangerous places to work, and there's not necessarily any one solution to that problem.
By the numbers: Serious violence is 4 times more common in health care settings than in private-sector workplaces overall, Modern Healthcare reports — and that’s only counting violence severe enough to require time off.
What they're saying: Hospitals generally have to come up with their own solutions, because they each have to balance their specific risks against their specific facilities and operations.
About half the veterans who get their care through the VA are also eligible for Medicare's drug benefit — and they're more likely to overdose on prescription opioids than patients who use either the VA or Medicare alone.
Why it matters: We obviously would prefer to have as few veterans as possible die from overdoses, and these findings are also a good reminder that care fragmentation is an issue throughout the system.