Health Care — Biden: US women ‘made their voices heard’ at polls

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Today in health, we look at President Biden’s reaction to Democrats’ better-than-expected election night and the health care issue he’s crediting for getting women to the polls. 

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Biden credits the ‘power of women’ in midterms

President Biden on Thursday said that he thinks that people who support denying access to abortions now know the power of women in America following the midterm elections this week. 

“You all showed up and beat the hell out of them,” Biden said in remarks to the Democratic National Committee at Washington, D.C.’s Howard Theatre. “Those who support ripping away the rights to choose don’t have a clue about the power of women in America but now I think they do.” 

  • “As I’ve said, women in America made their voices heard, man,” he said. 
  • The president said that “one of the most extraordinary things” about the Supreme Court’s summer decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision was that it mobilized women to vote. 

Vice President Harris, first lady Jill Biden, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff joined the president on stage, along with dozens of people wearing shirts and holding signs with “Let’s Go, Joe,” “Fetterman” and “End Citizens United.” 

“This is not a political piece, this is to say thank you, thank you, thank you,” said Biden. “Tuesday was a good day for America, a good day for democracy, and a strong night for Democrats.” 

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Juul to avoid bankruptcy, laying off hundreds

Electronic cigarette company Juul Labs Inc. has found a way to avoid bankruptcy through a cash infusion from its early investors, with the new plan involving a round of layoffs. 

“Today, Juul Labs has identified a path forward, enabled by an investment of capital from some of our earliest investors. This investment will allow Juul Labs to maintain business operations, continue advancing its administrative appeal of the FDA’s marketing denial order and support product innovation and science generation,” a Juul spokesperson said in a statement provided to The Hill. 

As the company’s spokesperson noted in their statement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) briefly banned the sale and marketing of Juul’s e-cigarettes over the summer as part of the agency’s efforts to tamp down on youth vaping. 

The FDA’s ban on Juul’s products was lifted shortly after it was issued due to “scientific issues” that warranted “additional review.” 

  • “To further secure the company’s ability to continue moving forward, we are also undertaking a reorganization, including the difficult but necessary step of…

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