Categories for Healthcare

27,362. 8/13/2019

DEMS/GOP/HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @GOPChairwoman: Kamala Harris isn’t fooling anyone on health care. Here’s one of Iowa’s seniors calling her out for her socialist plan.…” 

Donald Trump,, August 13, 2019 2:33 pm

27,337. 8/13/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @BreitbartNews: The more working class Americans know about ‘Medicare for All’ the more they reject it. 

Donald Trump,, August 13, 2019 6:52 am

26,694. 7/18/2019

ABORTION/HEALTHCARE/ILLINOIS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Illinois will defy enforcement of the Trump administration’s rule barring federally subsidized family planning clinics from making abortion referrals, the governor said on Thursday [7-18-19], vowing the state would step in to fund most of those clinics itself. Illinois’ action comes a week after a federal appeals court cleared the way for the administration to cut off Title X grants for reproductive healthcare and family planning for low-income women at clinics that refer patients to abortion providers. Governor J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, said the state would forgo all federal Title X funding while the Trump administration continues to impose its restriction – branded by critics as a ‘gag rule’ designed to silence doctor-patient communications about abortion options. Instead, the Illinois Department of Public Health will provide state funding to the 28 local clinics that normally receive Title X money through the agency, making up for an estimated $2.4 million in federal dollars they otherwise stand to lose for the rest of the fiscal year, Pritzker said.”

Karen Pierog, “Illinois to defy Trump administration’s abortion referral ‘gag rule’,” Reuters, July 18, 2019 2:21 pm

26,420. 7/10/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “My Administration is taking groundbreaking action to bring new hope to millions of Americans suffering from kidney disease. Today I signed an Executive Order, Advancing American Kidney Health…

Donald Trump,, July 10, 2019 11:59 am

26,409. 7/10/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump issued a sweeping set of proposals aimed at improving medical care for the tens of millions of Americans who have kidney disease, a long-overlooked condition that kills more people than breast cancer. ‘This is a first, second and third step. It’s more than just a first step,’ Mr. Trump said in a speech Wednesday [7-10-19], which was attended by patients, advocates and industry executives. Mr. Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to educate and treat people with early forms of kidney disease, to make kidney transplants easier to get, and to shift the financial incentives for clinics and doctors away from the existing system that relies heavily on dialysis…The president set an ambitious goal to remake how Americans with kidney disease get treated, by aggressively seeking to lower the costs by encouraging in-home dialysis and organ donation. Both options are seen as better treatment for patients than clinic-based dialysis. However, transforming the area may prove daunting, and many previous efforts have fallen short.”

Reed Abelson and Katie Thomas, “Trump Proposes Ways to Improve Care for Kidney Disease and Increase Transplants,” The New York Times online, July 10, 2019

26,362. 7/8/2019

HEALTHCARE/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [7-10-19] will order a series of initiatives to encourage more kidney transplants and treatment at home, the start of a process intended to overhaul a market in which the federal government spends more than $100 billion per year. Trump’s executive order — slated to be timed to his 11 a.m. speech Wednesday morning — will direct the government to take steps intended to cut the cost of care and increase kidney donations, according to two individuals with knowledge of the announcement. As part of the strategy, HHS will announce new payment models intended to shift treatment for patients with chronic kidney disease away from standalone clinics, arguing that receiving dialysis at home is both safer for patients and more cost-effective, four individuals familiar with the plan said. The health department also will announce an agency-wide initiative to encourage home dialysis and ramp up better prevention and screening for kidney disease.” 

Dan Diamond and Rachel Roubein, “Trump aims to shake up kidney care market,” Politico, July 8, 2019 1:04 pm

26,282. 7/4/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @KimStrassel: Trump’s expansion of health reimbursement accounts is good news for workers. via @WS”

-Donald Trump,, July 4, 2019 10:42 pm

26,114. 6/27/2019

DEMS/HEALTHCARE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!” 

Donald Trump,, June 27, 2019 8:37 pm

25,811. 6/16/2019

DEMS/ELECTION/GOP/HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As President Trump prepares to kick off his bid for a second term this week, he is anxiously searching for a way to counter Democrats on health care, one of their central issues, even though many of his wary Republican allies would prefer he let it go for now. Since he announced his previous run four years ago, Mr. Trump has promised to replace President Barack Obama’s health care law with ‘something terrific’ that costs less and covers more without ever actually producing such a plan. Now he is vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest. If he follows through, it could help shape a presidential race that Democrats would like to focus largely on health care. While the president has acknowledged that no plan would be voted on in Congress until 2021, when he hopes to be in a second term with Republicans back in charge of the House, he is gambling that putting out a plan to be debated on the campaign trail will negate some of the advantage Democrats have on the issue.”

Peter Baker, Michael Tackett and Linda Qiu, “Trump Wants to Neutralize Democrats on Health Care. Republicans Say Let It Go.,” The New York Times online, June 16, 2019

25,803. 6/16/2019

HEALTHCARE/JOE BIDEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @DanScavino: ‘Millennial fighting rare bone cancer responds to @JoeBiden vow: Law supported by @realDonaldTrump helped save my life’ htt…” 

Donald Trump,, June 16, 2019 4:08 pm

25,765. 6/15/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: NEXT UP: President @realDonaldTrump speaks on expanding health coverage options for small businesses & workers. https://t.c…”

Donald Trump,, June 15, 2019 6:48 am

25,764. 6/15/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @TeamTrump: Today, President @realDonaldTrump spoke on expanding health coverage options for American small businesses & workers. Presi…”

Donald Trump,, June 15, 2019 6:47 am

25,723. 6/14/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Announcing great, expanded HRAs—big win for small employers and workers. This is a fantastic plan! My Administration has worked very hard on creating more affordable health coverage. 

Donald Trump,, June 14, 2019 2:14 pm

25,524. 6/7/2019

HEALTHCARE/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump is expected to name Tomas Philipson, a former University of Chicago economist and specialist in health care policy, as his next chief economist in the coming days, according to a person familiar with the matter. Philipson, who already serves as one of the three members of the Council of Economic Advisers, would replace Kevin Hassett as chairman of that council. He will need to be confirmed by the Senate. Philipson would take over the CEA at a critical time for the economy: Trump is threatening to raise tariffs on Mexico and wrangling with China in ongoing negotiations, tensions that could threaten the near-record-long economic expansion. Philipson, born in Sweden, has a PhD from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Trump announced last weekend that Hassett would be leaving, in a tweet calling him a ‘true friend.’ Hassett was a strong proponent of the president’s tax cuts, but has also had a career of extolling the virtues of free trade and immigration.”

-Victoria Guida, “Trump expected to tap Tomas Philipson as chief economist,” Politico, June 7, 2019 7:08 pm

25,276. 5/25/2019

DEMS/HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @TeamTrump: Dems plan a government TAKEOVER of healthcare. That means ELIMINATING private plans (like Blue Cross/Blue Shield)! @reald…”

Donald Trump,, May 25, 2019 3:27 pm

25,219. 5/23/2019

ELECTION/HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign believes he can turn Republicans’ biggest liability from last year’s congressional elections – the debate about the future of healthcare in America – into a winning issue for his reelection. That would have appeared highly unlikely just months ago, when Democrats seized upon the issue of coverage for pre-existing medical conditions to capture control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Since then, the 2020 Democratic presidential field has been locked in a debate about how far to go to transform the U.S. healthcare system. Some candidates have suggested abolishing private insurance in favor of a single government-run plan, sometimes referred to as ‘Medicare for All,’ while others favor more modest reforms. Trump’s campaign is betting that whoever emerges with the Democratic nomination next year will have been forced to embrace a sweeping healthcare reform proposal that may spook moderate voters.”

Ginger Gibson, James Oliphant, “Trump campaign views healthcare as a 2020 campaign weapon,” Reuters, May 23, 2019 3:13 am

25,115. 5/20/2019

HEALTHCARE/HHS/MIKE PENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Sweeping new protections for religious health care workers and an overhaul of family planning programs to effectively cut out Planned Parenthood represent something unusual in the Trump administration: a clear spotting of the fingerprints of Vice President Mike Pence. From topics ranging from trade to the president’s scorched-earth attacks against the Mueller investigation, Pence has been the loyal foot soldier while often appearing uncomfortable amid the administration’s biggest fights. Despite having earned Trump’s gratitude for his loyalty, Pence has had a far lower profile than his recent predecessors. But behind the scenes, Pence has developed his own sphere of influence in an agency lower on Trump’s radar: Health and Human Services. It’s also the agency with the ability to fulfill the policy goal most closely associated with Pence over his nearly 20 year career in electoral politics: de-funding Planned Parenthood. Numerous top leaders of the department — including Secretary Alex Azar, Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Medicaid/Medicare chief Seema Verma — have ties to Pence and Indiana.”

Rachana Pradhan and Alice Miranda Ollstein, “How Mike Pence’s ‘Indiana mafia’ took over health care policy,” Politico, May 20, 2019 5:04 am

24,928. 5/12/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @WhiteHouse: President @realDonaldTrump put forward 4 principles to protect American patients from the financial devastation of surprise…” 

Donald Trump,, May 12, 2019 1:02 pm

24,786. 5/9/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @TeamTrump: President Trump is committed to protecting patients and their families from surprise medical bills. Hospitals and insurance…”

Donald Trump,, May 9, 2019 8:38 pm

24,782. 5/9/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @DanCrenshawTX: We reached a new low in deceitful politics today. The lies about protection for pre-existing conditions continue. Th…”

Donald Trump,, May 9, 2019 8:35 pm

24,781. 5/9/2019

GOP/HEALTHCARE/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @HouseGOP: D’s bill on the floor today has nothing to do w/ pre-existing conditions. But it will prevent states from reducing the pric…” 

Donald Trump,, May 9, 2019 8:35 pm

24,572. 5/2/2019

HEALTHCARE/HHS/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Thursday [5-2-19] announced an expanded ‘conscience rule’ to protect health care workers who oppose abortion, sterilization, assisted suicide and other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds. The rule establishes guidelines for punishing health care institutions with the loss of federal funds if they fail to respect the rights of such workers…After the 440-page rule was released, some groups said they feared the provisions were overly broad and could imperil care for patients seeking reproductive health care. They also said it could lead to discrimination against gay or transgender patients and their children, and weaken public health efforts to expand childhood vaccinations…The rule was issued by the Department of Health and Human Services’s Office for Civil Rights, which has been substantially expanded under President Trump. The administration has created a conscience and religious freedom division within the office, and the president’s budget sought to expand its funding.”

Margot Sanger-Katz, “Trump Administration Strengthens ‘Conscience Rule’ for Health Care Workers,” The New York Times online, May 2, 2019

23,807. 4/8/2019

GOP/HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump promised a new plan to replace Obamacare. But the four Senate Republicans he tapped for the job aren’t jumping at the opportunity. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) says any new plan has to come from the White House — and that he had no warning Trump planned to make him part of the health policy group. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) won’t say more than he and colleagues are ‘working on health care thoughts.’ John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), when asked about the Republican plan, turned the question back on the opposition, saying, ‘Democrats want to go to the complete government takeover of health care’…It’s clear that a week into the Trump-mandated makeover as the ‘Party of Health Care,’ few lawmakers want ownership of an issue proven toxic to Republicans’ political futures. The GOP has been deadlocked on a replacement since its high-profile repeal effort collapsed in the fall of 2017. That’s left the party paralyzed — reluctant to contradict Trump but scared of entering another campaign cycle without a coherent health care message. Those most qualified to craft a plan have no interest in the job, while others eager for another repeal effort aren’t gaining traction.”

Adam Cancryn and Alice Miranda Ollstein, “Trump’s health care brain trust says no thanks,” Politico, April 8, 2019 5:04 am

23,703. 4/3/2019

BORDER/GOP/HEALTHCARE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “His border shutdown went from imminent to uncertain. A major health care push was declared and then delayed. Funding cuts were inserted in his proposed budget and just as quickly taken out. President Donald Trump has been exploring the art of the climb-down. Trump pivoted on two big policy fronts this week, easing up on his threats to quickly close the southern border and deciding that a fresh effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act should wait until after the 2020 election. The moves came as Republicans, outside groups and aides expressed anxiety about the potential economic and political fallout from Trump’s proposals. The president’s swift backpedaling underscored his off-the-cuff style and suggested that more such drama is likely ahead as he tries to sync his policymaking with his re-election campaign. To many, the Washington whiplash was another reminder that Trump tweets first and governs later…The president’s pronouncements and social media blasts are often surprise attacks. They can vanish as quickly as they emerge if political expedience warrants a different tack.”

Associated Press, “Trump Pivots on Pledges, Exploring the Art of the Climb-Down,” The New York Times online, April 3, 2019

23,678. 4/3/2019

ELECTION/HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “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. It will be on full display during the Election as a much better & less expensive alternative to ObamaCare…” 

 Donald Trump,, April 3, 2019 8:26 am