Healthcare Roundup—AMA endorses assault weapons ban, will review stance on aid-in-dying

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Delegates from the American Medical Association took on some weighty public health topics during their annual meeting on Tuesday. (Getty/millionsjoker)

AMA endorses assault weapons ban

Delegates from the American Medical Association voted Tuesday to endorse measures that would ban assault weapons in a bid to combat gun violence in the U.S. 

The group is also supporting a ban on bump stocks, or devices that can allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly. Bump stocks were used by a gunman who killed 59 people attending a concert in Las Vegas last year.

In addition, the AMA endorsed a proposed ban on the possession of guns and ammunition by people younger than 21 and plans to push for legislation to allow relatives of people who are suicidal or who have threatened violence to seek court-ordered removal of guns from homes. (The Hill article)

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Murphy, Herring say voters will remember GOP's 'reckless' ACA lawsuit

National and state Democrats are fiercely hitting back against the Trump administration's decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act with a warning that voters will remember that decision in November.

In a press call Tuesday, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Virginia state Attorney General Mark Herring said the lawsuit, filed by 20 Republican state leaders, is "lawless" and responsible for "panic" within their states. The Department of Justice last week agreed with the lawsuit and said the individual mandate and protections for people with pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional since the GOP repealed the mandate's penalty last year.   

"Trump is upset the country would not support repeal of the ACA in whole, and this is how he is taking out his anger," Murphy said. "There are hundreds of thousands of people with pre-existing conditions in my state who are freaking out that the administration is saying they can't defend them." (FierceHealthcare)