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Effort to repeal and replace Obamacare takes step forward

BY Brian Berk

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee gave a thumb’s-up early Thursday to legislation in an effort to repeal and replace a major part of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans on the panel passed the legislation after 4 a.m. approximately 18 hours after they worked on the project, according to media reports.

The House and Ways Committee voted 23-16 in favor of the measure, which is considered a first step in an effort to replacing Obamacare. The legislation would end the financial penalty for not owning health insurance, reverse most Obamacare taxes, introduce a smaller system of tax credits based on age rather than income, and dramatically alter Medicaid.

"This is an historic step, an important step in the repeal of Obamacare," said Republican Representative Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

The American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and other hospital groups have come out against the bill.  “As organizations that take care of every individual who walks through our doors, both due to our mission and our obligations under federal law, we are committed to ensuring health care coverage is available and affordable for all,” hospital groups wrote in a letter to politicians.

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Cetaphil expands facial care offerings with 7 new products

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Galderma Laboratories’ Ceptahil brand is growing its line of facial care products, the company announced Wednesday. Cetaphil has launched seven new products aimed at addressing such key areas as hydration, effective makeup removal and treating redness-prone skin. 
 
Dermatologist and Cetaphil spokesperson Dr. Dendy Engelman said, “I'm very excited about Cetaphil's new range of products because not only is it a brand I trust and have been recommending for years, but the new products address some of the most common skin concerns I come across in my practice.”
 
The new products are Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion, Cetaphil Rich Hydrating Night Cream, Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Removing Wipes, Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Remover, Cetaphil Foaming Face Wash, Cetaphil Redness Relieving Daily Facial Moisturizer and Cetaphil Redness Relieving Night Moisturizer. The hydrating lotions contain hyaluronic acid to help retain moisture, and the makeup removing wipes are formulated with aloe vera, green tea and chamomile. The makeup remover is an oil-free liquid, and the daily moisturizer is tinted and contains SPF 20 to reduce redness appearance and even skin tone. 
 
“As a brand whose legacy is rooted in gentle yet effective skincare for those with even the most sensitive skin, Cetaphil's new facial innovations are a natural extension to our ever-growing portfolio,” Galderma North America president and GM Miles Harrison said. “As we embark on our 70th year as a trusted personal care brand, we are proud to broaden our clinically-proven solutions to common skincare concerns that fit seamlessly into any routine.”
 
The new products are currently available at major retail, drug and discount stores nationwide, the company said. 
 
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