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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 ) [1] => 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 ) [2] => 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 ) [3] => 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 ) [4] => 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 ) [5] => 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 ) [6] => 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"/Sabotage 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] => 2017-10-21 17:03:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-21 17:03:48 [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 ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1904 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-04-30 20:31:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-30 20:31:15 [post_content] => In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday April 12 2017, Trump threatened to end certain subsidies and healthcare cost sharing mechanisms for lower income patients in an effort to continue negotiations on healthcare reform. These subsidies amount to approximately $7 billion annually and cover approximately 7 million people. This issue is not new, as the Republican controlled congress under President Obama sued to halt these subsidy payments:

Many Republicans believe Mr. Obama lacked the authority to green-light billions of dollars of funding for the payments, which they say Congress never specifically appropriated. The GOP-controlled House of Representatives instigated a lawsuit against Mr. Obama’s administration over the question under former House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. A federal judge in 2016 ruled the government payments were improper but let them continue while Mr. Obama’s administration pursued an appeal. After Mr. Trump’s election, Republicans requested and received an initial delay in the case.

“House Speaker, Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) has said he would prefer to see the administration continue to fund the payments.” In addition, if these payments were stopped it “could trigger an insurance meltdown that causes the collapse of the 2010 health law, forcing lawmakers to return to a bruising debate over its future.”      
Pettypiece, Shannon, and Zachary Tracer. "Trump Threatens Health Subsidies to Poor to Force Talks." Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg, 12 Apr. 2017. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
Abutaleb, Yasmeen. "Trump May Halt Insurer Payments to Force Democrats to Table on Healthcare." Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 12 Apr. 2017. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
Bender, Michael C., Louise Radnofsky, and Peter Nicholas. "Trump Threatens to Withhold Payments to Insurers to Press Democrats on Health Bill." The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, 12 Apr. 2017. Web. 12 Apr. 2017.
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Pear, Robert, Thomas Kaplan, and Maggie Haberman. "In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails." The New York Times. The New York Times, 24 Mar. 2017. Web. 30 Apr. 2017.
"Live Blog: GOP Health Care Bill Pulled as Republican Leaders Fail to Get Votes." Fox News. FOX News Network, 24 Mar. 2017. Web. 30 Apr. 2017.
[post_title] => Republican Congressional Plan For Affordable Care Act/Obamacare Replacement Fails To Move Forward [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => first-affordable-care-actobamacare-replacement-plan-fails-move-forward [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-30 20:07:41 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-30 20:07:41 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=1896 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1890 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2017-04-29 19:25:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-29 19:25:54 [post_content] => The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner sent a memo to the Trump administration, which was obtained by the Washington Post and is expected to go public in June.  This memo cites several international laws that indicate a need for appropriate and affordable access healthcare for those that may lose coverage once the Affordable Care Act is repealed. While it isn't illegal under international law to repeal the Affordable Care Act, if this repeal results in millions of people losing healthcare and these people do not at least have an opportunity to find replacement healthcare it could become a violation of international law.      
Balbin, Beatriz. "Urgent Appeal From Special Procedures." United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, 2 Feb. 2017. Web. 29 Apr. 2017.
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