Categories for Healthcare

30,768. 11/18/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump‘s unscheduled weekend visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center prompted days of widespread rumors about the president’s health. His doctor now says it was all routine. Dr. Sean P. Conley, physician to the president, used a memo released by the White House late Monday [11-18-19] night to refute speculation that Trump had suffered from chest pain or another serious issue that led him to suddenly depart the White House by motorcade on Saturday [11-16-19] afternoon. Conley wrote in the memo to the press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, that Trump was not treated for any urgent issues. He said Trump’s visit to the medical center was for a regular check-up and that ‘scheduling uncertainties’ kept the visit off the record. Trump ‘did not undergo any specialized neurologic or cardiac evaluations,” Conley wrote. He said he would continue to check in on the president, including a ‘more comprehensive examination after the New Year.’”

Matthew Choi, “Trump’s doctor refutes rumors of a serious presidential illness,” Politico, November 18, 2019 10:41 pm

30,338. 11/6/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VA: “A health program for veterans that President Trump heralds as a triumphant success is struggling to make its network of doctors as large as required to meet an aggressive expansion of care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs health facilities, officials said. The company managing the new program in a majority of the states said it would probably need millions of dollars more to meet the plan’s coverage goals. Under a new law, known as the Mission Act, veterans who need to drive for at least 30 minutes to a government-operated veterans hospital — rather than 40 miles under old standards — can receive primary care and mental health services outside the department’s traditional system. The switch for the nine million enrollees in the program for veterans was the biggest shift in American health care since the passage of the Affordable Care Act under President Barack Obama, potentially moving tens of thousands from government services to private care.”

Jennifer Steinhauer, “Early Problems as Trump’s Signature Veterans’ Health Plan Rolls Out,” The New York Times online, November 6, 2019

30,031. 10/29/2019

CHILDREN/HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The number of uninsured children ballooned by more than 400,000 between 2016 and 2018, an unprecedented decline in health coverage for the youngest Americans, a new study has found. Roughly 4.1 million children were uninsured in 2018, up from a low of 3.6 million in 2016, according to the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, citing US Census Bureau data. Their uninsured rate jumped to 5.2% last year, up from 4.7% in 2016. Another Census study shows a similar increase, with the uninsured rate for kids increasing to 5.5% last year, up from 5.0% two years earlier. The trend is particularly troubling because it comes during a period of economic growth when more Americans are gaining employment, said Joan Alker, the center’s executive director. She fears even more children will lose coverage if the economy falters…The national uninsured rate for all Americans also rose last year for the first time in nearly a decade, according to the Census Bureau.”

Tami Luhby, “400,000 more children are uninsured since Trump took office,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, October 29, 2019 12:03 am

29,073. 10/4/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @SecAzar: Thanks to US leadership under @POTUS, vaccines & therapeutics are saving lives and helping those affected by the #Ebola outbre…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 4, 2019 4:53 pm

28,053. 9/2/2019

DHS/HEALTHCARE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Monday [9-2-19] announced that it would reconsider its decision to force immigrants facing life-threatening health crises to return to their home countries, an abrupt move last month that generated public outrage and was roundly condemned by the medical establishment. On Aug. 7, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, without public notice, eliminated a ‘deferred action’ program that had allowed immigrants to avoid deportation while they or their relatives were undergoing lifesaving medical treatment. The agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, had sent letters informing those who had asked for a renewal, which the immigrants must make every two years, that it was no longer entertaining such requests. The letters said that the immigrants must leave the country within 33 days, or face deportation. On Monday, the agency said in a statement that while limiting the program was ‘appropriate,’ officials would ‘complete the caseload that was pending on August 7.’”

Miriam Jordan, “Faced With Criticism, Trump Administration Reverses Abrupt End to Humanitarian Relief,” The New York Times online, September 2, 2019

27,975. 8/31/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Nobody knows more about Healthcare than John. Great guy! https://t.co/T4i0UYqLqd 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 31, 2019 7:06 am

27,651. 8/20/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is putting the National Health Service (NHS) off limits in any trade deal with the United States, the Sun newspaper reported…The letter continued that there should be no internal discussion of the issues within the government. Johnson fears the Labour Party would use any suggestion that NHS access is up for grabs to its electoral advantage, the article said. U.S President Donald Trump had said in June that Britain’s public health service should be on the table in talks about a trade deal between the two countries after Brexit but later backtracked on his comments.”

Reuters Staff, “UK’s Johnson puts health service off limits in potential U.S. trade deal: report,” Reuters, August 20, 2019 

27,396. 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, Twitter.com, August 13, 2019 2:33 pm

27,371. 8/13/2019

HEALTHCARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @BreitbartNews: The more working class Americans know about ‘Medicare for All’ the more they reject it. https://t.co/o5YrNTvkTB 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, 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…https://t.co/tAlFdDSTUU

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, 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. https://t.co/Qbj3qTNj5y via @WS”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, 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, Twitter.com, 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, Twitter.com, 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, Twitter.com, 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, Twitter.com, 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. https://t.co/DQbUfGJc1I 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, 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, Twitter.com, 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, Twitter.com, May 12, 2019 1:02 pm