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Health Care | Minnesota

Paulsen Took Campaign Cash From OxyContin Maker Being Sued by Minnesota

By Chad Smith on October 9, 2018.

Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., is one of the few candidates still taking Purdue’s money, accepting $1,000 this election cycle even as his state takes legal action against the company for downplaying the risks and pushing higher doses of OxyContin.

Health Care | Indiana

Braun Calls His Employees’ $10K Deductibles ‘Affordable’

By Chad Smith on October 8, 2018.

Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun touted his private-sector record of keeping health-insurance rates “affordable” for employees during a televised debate Monday, days after it was reported that his workers and their families have to pay thousands of dollars before their benefits kick in.

Health Care | Florida

Scott Profits Off Company His Administration Sued for Role in Opioid Crisis

By Chad Smith on October 5, 2018.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott profited from his investments in companies that contributed to the state’s opioid crisis, even as his administration took one of them to court for its role in spreading the epidemic across the state.

Health Care | Tennessee

While Opioid Epidemic Ravages Tennessee, Blackburn Skips Key Vote to Combat Crisis

By Chad Smith on October 4, 2018.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn skipped a vote last week on bipartisan legislation to curb the opioid crisis, even as she campaigned for the Senate with a promise to “combat the opioid epidemic” and released a TV ad touting her efforts on the issue.