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Welcome to Tuesday’s Overnight Health Care. 

The big news of the day is not related to health care. Click here for more on House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, President TrumpDonald John TrumpNYT publisher: US didn’t step in to protect reporter from arrest in Egypt so paper turned to Ireland Trump instructed administration to withhold military aid for Ukraine days before call with president: report More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump’s dealings with Ukraine MORE‘s response, the latest on the whistleblower complaint, and how Senate Republicans are reacting.

But there is still plenty of health care news, starting in the House, where lawmakers are turning the spotlight on e-cigarettes as officials race to understand what’s behind a mystery illness and with another reported vaping related death. Meanwhile, the CBO says a rival fix to address surprise medical bills would cost billions.

We’ll start with vaping news.

 

Mystery vaping deaths in House spotlight

The turmoil surrounding the e-cigarette industry was in the spotlight Tuesday when the House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing on the vaping illnesses that have sickened hundreds of people, including nine who have died.

E-cigarette companies are facing widespread furor over the illnesses and rising youth vaping rates, sparking action from the Trump administration, Congress, governors and other businesses, sending the industry into a state of chaos.

“As we focus on the tragic outcomes of this lung disease outbreak, we must view is as another chance to come together to protect the public health,” said Rep. Raja KrishnamoorthiSubramanian (Raja) Raja KrishnamoorthiWhy won’t USDA enforce the Animal Welfare Act? Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America’s Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul Congressional Democrats threaten to subpoena Juul in teen vaping investigation MORE (D-Ill.), chairman of the panel’s Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee.

The CDC says most patients have reported vaping cartridges containing THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, which are widely available on the black market, and is warning people not to buy illegally sold products.

Still, the e-cigarette industry has been unable to evade scrutiny through the outbreak.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said she…

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