Good morning. A lot of the time we reporters can feel like our words are disappearing into the void, but sometimes those words have an impact.
Today's word count is 888, or 3 minutes.
Democratic presidential candidates' proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act could be a particularly big relief to low-wage workers.
Between the lines: These effects would be especially noticeable in some politically important states — including Florida, North Carolina and Texas.
And a public plan would likely be cheaper than most private coverage, creating a more affordable option and, supporters argue, bringing down prices throughout the market.
What they're saying: Many low- and moderate-income workers would likely choose those options, said Matthew Fiedler of the Brookings Institution, because premiums for employer insurance often eat up more than 10% of poorer workers' incomes.
Employers — especially in low-wage, high-turnover industries — could also end up benefiting.
Pharmaceutical investment in cancer treatments has risen drastically over the past decade, as has spending on cancer drugs, but the results have been comparatively small, UC Hastings law professor Robin Feldman argues in a WashPost op-ed.
By the numbers: Since 2013, cancer drug spending as a proportion of all U.S. drug spending has increased by nearly 60%, but the overall death rate from cancer has decreased by only 5% since 1950.
Why it matters: Every dollar invested in cancer is a dollar that isn't invested elsewhere — for example, in antibiotics.
Go deeper: Pharma goes all in on cancer treatments
Amazon is working with a physician practice in Seattle to provide virtual care as well as in-person care at home or the office for certain local employees, CNBC reports.
The bottom line: Amazon's experiment is small, targets a healthier working-age population, and borrows existing ideas (telemedicine and employer-managed clinics) that have had negligible effects on the health care system. This isn't transformational.
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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a statewide public health emergency on Tuesday and called for a 4-month ban on all vaping products, AP reports.
Why it matters: This is the farthest-reaching ban yet by any state, as it is the only restriction in the country that forbids all vaping products, Axios' Fadel Allassan writes.
The big picture: The CDC reported 530 possible cases of severe respiratory illnesses among people who vaped nicotine or cannabis products as of Sept. 19. Nine people have now died from vaping-related lung illnesses.
CVS Health is encouraging employers to cover an insomnia app — "Sleepio" — as an employee benefit, the New York Times reports.
The big picture: CVS Health's promotion of the app could help boost digital therapeutics, which use apps to help connect people with mental health treatment, my colleague Marisa Fernandez writes.
Researchers are still looking into how effective medical apps are at treating diseases, and some experts say they're not ready for mass adoption. Most just vaguely label themselves as wellness apps.
The bottom line: The internet + health care = a giant experiment.