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This new "conscience regulation" builds on an existing law from 2011 that "provided inadequate enforcement of conscience rights by only providing for handling complaints based on three federal conscience protection laws. This final rule implements approximately 25 federal conscience protection provisions." "The original proposal, released in January 2018, received more than 242,000 public comments and was one of the first actions taken by HHS' new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, established in 2018." [post_title] => New "Conscience Regulation" Allows Healthcare Providers To Refuse To Provide Or Pay For Certain Services And Procedures That Violate Personal Religious Or Moral Beliefs [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => new-conscience-regulation-allows-healthcare-providers-to-refuse-to-provide-or-pay-for-certain-services-and-procedures-that-violate-personal-religious-or-moral-beliefs [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-05-12 14:21:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-05-12 14:21:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2795 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2784 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-04-14 12:07:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-04-14 12:07:27 [post_content] => "After the president spent a week rallying Republicans to make health care a signature issue in their 2020 campaigns", Trump announced on Twitter that Republicans will wait until after the 2020 election to vote on amendments and replacements to the Affordable Care Act.   Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted he had advised the President that the Senate would not be taking any action on healthcare and got Trump to agree to push off the fight. Trump responded to McConnell's comments on twitter by saying "I was never planning a vote prior to the 2020 Election on the wonderful HealthCare package that some very talented people are now developing for me & the Republican Party,” Trump tweeted, adding, “I never asked Mitch McConnell for a vote before the Election." [post_title] => Trump And Republicans Plan To Wait Until After 2020 To Push For Any Healthcare Changes [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trump-and-republicans-plan-to-wait-until-after-2020-to-push-for-any-healthcare-changes [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-04-14 12:07:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-04-14 12:07:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2784 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2748 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-02-09 15:03:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-09 15:03:38 [post_content] => The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan group employed by Congress to provide budget and economy forecasts and analysis.  Their 2019 Economic Outlook Report provides a detailed analysis on government spending and economic growth in the United States.  Key points in this report include:
  • "The federal budget deficit is about $900 billion in 2019 and exceeds $1 trillion each year beginning in 2022. Over the coming decade, deficits...fluctuate between 4.1 percent and 4.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), well above the average over the past 50 years."
  • "Because of persistently large deficits, federal debt held by the public is projected to grow steadily, reaching 93 percent of GDP in 2029 (its highest level since just after World War II) and about 150 percent of GDP in 2049—far higher than it has ever been."
  • "Federal outlays...are projected to climb from 20.8 percent of GDP in 2019 to 23.0 percent in 2029. The aging of the population and the rising cost of health care contribute significantly to the growth in spending for major benefit programs, such as Social Security and Medicare."
  • After 2019, annual economic growth is projected to slow to between 1.7 and 1.8 percent until 2029, below the potential growth levels projected by the CBO.
  [caption id="attachment_2749" align="aligncenter" width="787"] SOURCE: Congressional Budget Office (See Below Citations)[/caption] [post_title] => Congressional Budget Office 2019 Economic Outlook Report: Budget Deficit Over $1 Trillion Per Year, Well Above Average; Debt Projected To Be 93% Of GDP (Highest Since WWII); Government Spending Increasing; Economic Growth Projected To Slow To 1.7% Through 2023 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => congressional-budget-office-2019-economic-outlook-report-budget-deficit-1-trillion-per-year-well-average-debt-projected-93-gdp-highest-since-wwii-government-spending-increas [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-09 15:24:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-09 15:24:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2748 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2504 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-02-01 23:20:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-01 23:20:23 [post_content] => "Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resigned Wednesday [January 31, 2017] following reports that she bought shares in a tobacco company, among other financial dealings that presented a conflict of interest." Fitzgerald, the top health official in the Trump Administration, purchased between $1,000 and $15,000 work of stock in Japan Tobacco on August 8, 2017, 1 month after assuming her roleShe sold all holdings in Japan Tobacco on October 26, 2017. [post_title] => Director Of The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Resigns Over Conflict Of Interest In Buying Shares Of A Tobacco Company After Assuming Role [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => director-centers-disease-control-prevention-resigns-conflict-interest-buying-shares-tobacco-company-assuming-role [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-01 23:20:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-01 23:20:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2504 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2478 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-01-19 18:46:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-19 18:46:54 [post_content] => The number of Americans without health insurance "is up 1.3 percentage points from the record low of 10.9% found in the last quarter of 2016." An estimated 20 million more people had health insurance as of the end of 2016 as a result of the Affordable Care Act.   [post_title] => 3.2 Million More Americans Became Uninsured In 2017 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 3-2-million-americans-became-uninsured-2017 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-19 19:02:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-19 19:02:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2478 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2473 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-01-14 14:08:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-14 14:08:47 [post_content] => The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is currently unfunded as a result of federal budget negotiations, but lawmakers passed a rule allowing The Federal government passed a rule allowing "the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to dole out reserve CHIP funds to states most in need of it. The previous rule required CMS to evenly distribute leftover funds to each state. Now, states such as Minnesota that are expected to run out of money by the end of the year can get additional funds even if they’ve already received their share of the pot." Over $1.2 billion of the $3 billion in CHIP reserve funds have already been spent. "CHIP covers about 9 million children whose parents usually earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private health coverage -- typically no more than $62,000 for a family of four. The 20-year-old program cost about $15.6 billion in fiscal 2016, funded almost entirely by the federal government." The program is still unfunded (as of January 14, 2018) and 1.9 million children are at risk of losing coverage in January. [post_title] => Federal Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Remains Unfunded And On Temporary Reserves; 9 Million Children Covered By CHIP [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => federal-childrens-health-insurance-program-chip-remains-unfunded-temporary-reserves-9-million-children-covered-chip [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-14 14:14:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-14 14:14:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2473 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2437 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-12-01 16:42:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-12-01 16:42:20 [post_content] => A report issued by the Congressional Budget Office on November 26, 2017 shows projected tax increases for low income individuals and families and tax decreases for higher income individuals and families over the next 10 years. "By 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be worse off under the Senate bill, CBO found. By 2021, Americans earning $40,000 or less would be net losers, and by 2027, most people earning less than $75,000 a year would be worse off. On the flip side, millionaires and those earning $100,000 to $500,000 would be big beneficiaries, according to the CBO’s calculations." "The Senate Republican tax bill eliminates the requirement that almost all Americans purchase health insurance or else pay a penalty. The CBO has calculated that health insurance premiums would rise if this bill becomes law, leading 4 million Americans to lose health insurance by 2019 and 13 million to lose insurance by 2027." One of the reasons why taxes will increase for low income individuals would be from loss of tax credits and other subsidies from health insurance. The tax plan will also lead to "an increase in the deficit of $1,414 billion over the next 10 years." Read the full Congressional Budget Office Joint Committee on Taxation Report here. [post_title] => Congressional Budget Office Calculates Senate Tax Proposal Adds $1.4 Trillion To National Deficit Over Next 10 Years; Raises Taxes For Those Earning $75k Or Less By 2021; Lowers Taxes For Those Earning $100k Or More; Health Insurance Premiums Projected To Increase [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => congressional-budget-office-calculates-senate-tax-proposal-adds-1-4-trillion-national-deficit-next-10-years-raises-taxes-earning-75k-less-2021-lowers-taxes-earnin [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-12-01 16:43:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-12-01 16:43:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2437 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2403 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-10-29 10:42:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-29 10:42:06 [post_content] => Senators Lindsey Graham (R- South Carolina) and Bill Cassidy (R- Louisiana) proposed a bill to "eliminate or overhaul major sections of the health reform law" which included:
  • Elimination of federal funding for subsidies
  • Elimination of coverage mandates and tax penalty for not "having minimum essential coverage"
  • Elimination of federal funding for Medicaid expansion used by 31 states to cover low income individuals
  • Allow states to determine coverage for pre-existing conditions (maintains requirement that all individuals be covered, rates for those with pre-existing conditions could go up)
  • Eliminations of requirement to cover "essential health benefits provision, which mandates insurers cover an array of services, including hospitalization, maternity care, prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse services"
  • Allow states to change financial protections for insurance coverage, including the current out of pocket payment maximums and deductible limits (no more out of pocket maximum)
  • Removes requirement prohibiting charging older people more than younger people
  • Changes Medicaid funding formula to fixed amount per person and as a fixed block grant regardless of people enrolled in each state (states would be required to cover a larger portion of Medicaid funding)
  • Allows work requirements for Medicaid
  • Allows everyone access to "catastrophic" policies that only cover the most urgent care (currently only allowed for those under 30)
  • Repeals taxes on OTC drugs, health savings accounts, and medical devices
  • Prohibits federal funding for Planned Parenthood
  • Nearly doubles maximum contributions to health savings accounts
  • Provide funding for community health centers
  • Removes tax penalty for larger businesses not providing coverage for employees
  • Many other smaller changes to structure of plans (this Kaiser Family Foundation summary provides a summary)
On Tuesday September 26, 2017, Senate Republicans "abandoned the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act" after it became clear the bill would not have enough votes to pass. [post_title] => Graham-Cassidy Obamacare Healthcare Reform Bill Proposed Elimination Of Many Key Affordable Care Act Provisions; Abandoned By Senate Republicans [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => graham-cassidy-obamacare-healthcare-reform-bill-proposed-elimination-many-key-affordable-care-act-provisions-abandoned-senate-republicans [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-29 10:42:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-29 10:42:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2403 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2399 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-10-21 17:02:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-21 17:02:19 [post_content] => On October 12, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order seeking to promote "healthcare choice and competition" by prioritizing 3 healthcare plan structures that will become alternatives to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in an effort to reduce insurance premium costs and encourage competition. The executive order asks the Secretaries of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to propose legislation seeking:
  • "Expanded Access to Association Health Plans" (group healthcare plans created by employers)
  • "Expanded Availability of Short-Term, Limited‑Duration Insurance"
  • "Expanded Availability and Permitted Use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements" (allows employers to set aside funding/contributions to be used only to reimburse costs of healthcare in lieu of providing full healthcare coverage for employees)
  [post_title] => Trump Administration Seeks To Promote And Expand Alternative Healthcare Plans To Affordable Care Act [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trump-administration-seeks-promote-expand-alternative-healthcare-plans-affordable-care-act [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-21 17:02:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-21 17:02:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2399 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2398 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-10-21 16:36:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-21 16:36:05 [post_content] => The Trump administration has taken several steps to reduce and limit available resources and support for the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), including:
  • Ending subsidies for low income individuals to cover deductibles and co-pays that cover 7 million people
  • No longer providing Health and Human Services support personnel and reducing the budget to help states with open enrollment season
  • Reducing the open enrollment advertising budget by 90%
  • Running negative ads about Affordable Care Act marketplaces
  • Seeking to expand alternatives to the Affordable Care Act
  • Reducing the open enrollment period timeframe by half, from around 90 days to around 45 days
  • Shutting down the healthcare.gov website for 12 hour periods on every Sunday during the open enrollment period (except December 10)
  [post_title] => Trump Administration Takes Action To Undermine Affordable Care Act By Reducing Available Resources, Marketing And Promotions, And Patient Subsidies [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trump-administration-takes-action-underminesabotage-affordable-care-act-reducing-available-resources-marketingpromotion-patient-subsidies [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-09-15 13:00:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-09-15 13:00:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2398 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2795 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-05-12 14:21:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-05-12 14:21:01 [post_content] => On Thursday May 2, 2019, "President Trump announced a new rule allowing health providers, insurers and employers to refuse to provide or pay for services such as abortion, sterilization or assisted suicide that they say violate their religious or moral beliefs."  The rule would also allow patients and parents of patients to refuse certain types of medical procedures because of religious beliefs. This new "conscience regulation" builds on an existing law from 2011 that "provided inadequate enforcement of conscience rights by only providing for handling complaints based on three federal conscience protection laws. This final rule implements approximately 25 federal conscience protection provisions." "The original proposal, released in January 2018, received more than 242,000 public comments and was one of the first actions taken by HHS' new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, established in 2018." [post_title] => New "Conscience Regulation" Allows Healthcare Providers To Refuse To Provide Or Pay For Certain Services And Procedures That Violate Personal Religious Or Moral Beliefs [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => new-conscience-regulation-allows-healthcare-providers-to-refuse-to-provide-or-pay-for-certain-services-and-procedures-that-violate-personal-religious-or-moral-beliefs [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-05-12 14:21:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-05-12 14:21:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2795 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 24 [max_num_pages] => 3 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => 1 [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => bd9824ac1c64be0eefd932b1b40539ae [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) ) [paged] => 1 )
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