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Trump Rolls Back Obamacare’s Birth Control Rule… Shielding Nuns From Contraceptive Mandate

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President Trump neuters ObamaCare birth control coverage mandate and tightens regulations on plans covering abortion.

The Trump administration finalized major rule changes aimed at rolling back the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate and tightening restrictions to ensure that taxpayer subsidies aren’t used to fund abortions.

Obama prosecuted nuns to force his will on them, but Trump protects them. See the difference?

Washington Examiner:

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The Trump administration will exempt employers from providing insurance coverage for birth control if it conflicts with their religious or moral beliefs, scaling back a rule created under the Obama administration.

The rule, released Wednesday, will take effect in 60 days and will affect between 6,400 and 127,000 women, according to the Trump administration. The religious exemption applies to any type of employer, but the moral exemption doesn’t apply to publicly traded businesses or government entities.

The rules received praise from Susan B. Anthony’s List, an anti-abortion group that holds a moral objection to certain types of birth control. The group’s president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, in a statement slammed the original rules created under the Obama administration as “repeated violations of conscience” that were “deeply contrary to the core of our nation.”

But the American Civil Liberties Union lashed out at the rule in a statement, saying it would allow “virtually any employer to claim a religious exemption that enables it to deny any employee insurance coverage for contraception.”

“This rule will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of Americans, particularly women, to get the health care coverage they need,” Louise Melling, ACLU deputy legal director, said in a statement. “This rule will be used as a license to discriminate and represents a chilling return to the days when the government treated women’s sexuality, and thus contraception, as immoral, perpetuating harmful stereotypes that have long been used to discriminate against women.”

The birth control mandate was created as an outgrowth of Obamacare. The law was written to allow the Department of Health and Human Services to decide what type of preventive care health insurance plans should cover without a co-pay, and the Obama administration determined that all forms of birth control should fall within that list. Making such decisions through the rulemaking process, however, means that different administrations can change or reverse them.

The Obama administration had issued rules saying that employers must cover all forms of contraception, from birth control pills to emergency contraception. The obligation had exemptions for houses of worship, but not for companies that had closely held religious beliefs. More than 55 million women relied on the provision, the Obama administration had said. More

The administration proposed tighter rules on ObamaCare plans that cover abortion. Those changes are intended to ensure that taxpayer-provided subsidies for health insurance are not used to pay for any abortions.

Now it’s time to completely defund Planned Parenthood.

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As Coronavirus Saga Turns Terrifying, American Citizens Evacuated from China

There have been three cases of the deadly disease identified in the United States as of this writing, including the latest from the major metropolis of Chicago, Illinois. 

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A massive health scare emanating from the Far East has governments around the world beginning to panic, as the latest deadly strain of Coronavirus continues to ravage China.

Originating in Wuhan, this sudden spread of the pneumonia-like illness has already claimed at least 40 lives, and is said to have infected thousands more.  Of course, given Beijing’s consistently shady international communications, there are fears that the virus may be far more dangerous than the Chinese government is letting on.  Social media users have already pointed to a number of wildly speculative videos posted to Twitter as “evidence” of the cover up.

Given that the circumstances surrounding the outbreak and its treatment have been less than transparent, American authorities are working to extricate US citizens from the situation as swiftly as possible.

The U.S. government is sending a charter flight to the Chinese city of Wuhan on Sunday in an effort to evacuate its citizens and diplomats as the country continues to battle an outbreak of the coronavirus that has already killed 41 people and infected over 1,300 more, reports say.

The U.S. consulate contacted known American citizens living in Wuhan where the virus is believed to have originated from and offering them a seat on the 230 person flight back to the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the operation.

According to the report, those interested will be responsible for the cost of being evacuated which could cost many times more the price of a commercial flight from China directly to the U.S.

In the city of more than 11 million people, it is estimated that there are approximately 1,000 Americans living there.

There have been three cases of the deadly disease identified in the United States as of this writing, including the latest from the major metropolis of Chicago, Illinois.

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China Cancels New Year Celebrations, Quarantines Whole Cities in Desperate Effort to Stop Coronavirus

Chinese officials are not only canceling New Years celebrations all across their vast country, but they are placing entire cities in quarantine.

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Chinese officials are not only canceling New Years celebrations all across their vast country, but they are placing entire cities in quarantine in a desperate attempt to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

Many Chinese cities, including Beijing and Wuhan, have banned all large gatherings over the coming Lunar New Year festival, which is usually the most celebrated holiday in the Asian nation, a report says.

The new dictates come as China begins clamping down on transportation between regions of their country, not to mention outgoing travel. The Chinese government is now working to quarantine up to 25 million or more of its citizens.

According to health authorities in and out of China:

-Cases of the virus have been detected around China, including Hong Kong and Macao, and other countries, including Japan, South Korea, the United States and Thailand. Singapore and Vietnam are the latest to join the list.

– At least 25 deaths have been confirmed in China, with 835 people infected.

– U.S.-bound travelers from Wuhan will be routed to five airports for screening: Chicago’s O’Hare, New York’s John F. Kennedy, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, and Los Angeles’s and San Francisco’s international airports.

– Residents of Wuhan report empty shelves in stores and express frustration that the government isn’t telling them the full story.

– The World Health Organization declined to declare a global health emergency Thursday, saying it’s too early.

As they always do, Chinese authorities are also busy censoring news on the outbreak in an effort to keep the international community in the dark about the viral crisis. But, also to keep their own people from seeing Chinese authorities as weak.

Regardless, international health officials are steeling themselves for a larger outbreak across the world as it seems the Chinese did not act fast enough to keep the virus localized inside their own country.

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Doctor Says High Estrogen in Burger King’s ‘Impossible Whopper’ Will ‘Grow Breasts on Men’

Fast food giant Burger King has come under fire for the incredibly high amount of estrogen inside its fake meat “Impossible Whopper” sandwich.

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Fast food giant Burger King has come under fire for the incredibly high amount of estrogen inside its fake meat “Impossible Whopper” sandwich.

A veterinarian from South Dakota was shocked when he found that the sandwich contains a whopping 18 million times more estrogen in it than the average hamburger. And he also warned that only a few of the sandwiches could actually affect a man’s health.

Dr. James Stangle took aim at The King for its meatless sandwich made of soy products.

Firstly, he slammed the fast food joint for a sort of false advertising.

“The impossible whopper has 630 calories, mostly from the added oils. The whopper has 660 calories. So, about 5% less calories, this is not a huge improvement,” Stangle wrote this month in the Tri-State Livestock News.

“The impossible whopper patty is made from 24 ingredients,” Stangle continued. “The most important ingredient is soy protein. The whopper patty has just one ingredient. That would be beef.”

But the estrogen content is high. “The impossible whopper has 44 mg of estrogen and the whopper has 2.5 ng of estrogen,” Stangle said.

“Now let me refresh your metric system,” the doc continued. “There are 1 million nanograms (ng) in one milligram (mg). That means an impossible whopper has 18 million times as much estrogen as a regular whopper.”

Stangle also warned that this level of estrogen could affect the physiology of an adult male if he had only a few of these burgers in a day.

“Just six glasses of soymilk per day has enough estrogen to grow boobs on a male,” he said alarmingly. “That’s the equivalent of eating four impossible whoppers per day. You would have to eat 880 pounds of beef from an implanted steer [cattle that is raised for beef] to equal the amount of estrogen in one birth control pill.”

“In short, the Impossible Burger is a genetically modified organism filled with calorie-dense oils that can make a man grow breasts if eaten in sufficient quantity,” the doc concluded.

But not everyone was so alarmed by the doctor’s claims. Some nutritionists say that the phytoestrogens in soy products don’t really harm humans.

“Such a link has never been substantiated in human studies. I don’t think this is a concern at all,” Dr. Qi Sun, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard, told Men’s Health.

New York University nutrition professor Marion Nestle agrees. She recently said that Asian people eat a lot of soy and it does not seem to harm them.

“Asians have been eating soy products for millennia and don’t seem to be any the worse for it. They have among the longest lifespans and best health, at least in classic diets,” she told the Daily Mail.

“There is a special concern about . . . men and boys who eat soy products, but again, if you look at populations that eat a lot of soy products, there is no evidence of particular problems. No, they don’t grow breasts,” she added.

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Millions of Obamacare Users Will Now Get Separate Bill for Abortion Coverage, Including Men!

Thanks to a change implemented by Trump, Obamacare users will now get a separate bill telling them how much they are paying for abortion coverage

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Thanks to a change implemented by the Trump administration, Obamacare users will now get a separate bill telling them how much they are paying for abortion coverage… even if they are men.

Why will men get a bill? Because Obamacare also charges men for abortion coverage. Whether they want it or not.

Indeed, that is why the Trump administration made the rules change, so that Americans will become aware of what Obamacare is doing.

Starting in June, three million Americans who now pay Obamacare insurance premiums through the Affordable Care Act (the ACA, or, as we call it, Obamacare) will receive two separate bills for their healthcare coverage.

One will be for most of their insurance plan. But a second bill will arrive detailing what they pay for abortion coverage. Yes, even if the person being covered is a male.

The ACA already told providers they are supposed to show the abortion coverage and costs on itemized bills. But in 2014 it was discovered that many were still not doing so despite the requirement.

So, the Trump administration took the step of separating the bills so that Americans would be 100 percent sure of what they are paying for with the premium payments.

The fact is, few Americans know that they are paying for abortion coverage. And that is why so many of the Obamacare providers try to hide the coverage.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that providing separate bills is “an essential step” in fixing the insurance industry’s penchant for ignoring the rules on bill notices.

“The separate billing requirement fulfills Congress’ intent and reflects President Trump’s strong commitment to preventing taxpayer funding of abortion coverage,” Azar said.

The new rule will come into effect on June 27, 2020, and abortionists are already losing their minds. Naturally, they are raising fears that the rule will somehow prevent women from getting healthcare.

This is a lie, of course. A separate bill won’t do a darn thing to anyone’s coverage. But it will tell Americans that Obama and his dangerous, expensive, anti-American law is forcing them to pay for abortion coverage whether they want it or not.

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U.S. Appeals Court Strikes Down Obamacare Mandate, Setting Up Repeal

A U.S. Appeals court has struck down Obamacare’s individual mandate as unconstitutional setting up the healthcare law for a full repeal.

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A U.S. Appeals court has struck down Obamacare’s individual mandate as unconstitutional setting up the healthcare law for a full repeal.

By a two-to-one vote, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals moved to invalidate Obamacare’s individual mandate, undermining the entire basis for the law, ABC noted.

“The individual mandate is unconstitutional because it can no longer be read as a tax, and there is no other constitutional provision that justifies this exercise of congressional power,” the court said in its majority opinion.

President Trump praised the court’s ruling, calling it a “win for all Americans.”

“Today’s decision in Texas v. Azar is a win for all Americans and confirms what I have said all along: that the individual mandate, by far the worst element of Obamacare, is unconstitutional,” Trump’s statement said.

“My Administration continues to work to provide access to high-quality healthcare at a price you can afford, while strongly protecting those with pre-existing conditions,” Trump added. “Providing affordable, high-quality healthcare will always be my priority.”

Noting that “Article IV of the Constitution says the federal government cannot mandate the American people buy something,” conservative talk show giant Rush Limbaugh celebrated the decision.

“The federal government can tax you, your income, any number of things. So, when the chief justice transferred the individual mandate from a requirement that you buy insurance to the government having the power to tax, then it became constitutional. So now (chuckling) a federal appeals court has ruled that the machinations of the chief justice, essentially, are unconstitutional,” Limbaugh explained.

Indeed, Limbaugh is right. Chief Justice John Roberts summarily re-wrote the section of Obamacare so that it would pass Constitutional muster. The law itself was garbage and was garbage since day one. Unfortunately, Roberts stepped in to save an unconstitutional law by illicitly re-writing it.

That was NOT his job. Supreme Court justices are not legislators.

This law should never have been approved.

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Amid Impeachment Row, White House Works to Clarify Drug Prices

The White House took these actions as the Democrats continued to hold the nation hostage through impeachment.

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The Democrats have long claimed that they are able to “walk and chew gum at the same time” – an anecdote meant to assure the nation that this impeachment fiasco won’t detract from the normal business of the United States, which our public servants were elected to perform.

Unfortunately, this has been far from the truth, and the work that we sent these representatives to Washington to do is not getting done…or, at least not by them.

New rules from the Trump administration on Friday would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures to promote competition and push down costs.

But the sweeping changes face stiff pushback from the health care industry and a coalition of major hospital groups quickly announced that hospitals will sue to block the changes.

Even in an ideal world where information flows freely, patients and their families would have to deal with a learning curve to become comfortable with the intricacies of health care billing.

“This shadowy system has to change,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said. “The patient has to be in control.”

A final rule would apply to hospitals and a proposed regulation would apply to insurance plans. Disclosure requirements for hospitals would not take effect until 2021; for insurers, the timing is unclear. The requirements do not directly affect doctors.

And why is this so important?

Officials say the rules would shine a spotlight on the confusing maze of health care prices, allowing informed patients to find quality services at the lowest cost. Prices for an MRI scan for example can vary by hundreds of dollars depending on where it’s done.

Healthcare has consistently ranked as one of the top concerns for Americans, particularly when it comes to the candidates for whom they vote.  Given what we know about the left’s reluctance to focus on this all-important issue in favor of impeachment, we expect that 2020’s election could be a reckoning for the Democrats.

 

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Poll: Only 10% of Americans Want Private Health Insurance Abolished–Are Democrats Listening?

a new poll finds bad news for Democrats on their plan of ending private healthcare insurance as only ten percent agree with the plan.

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Just about the entire field of Democrat candidates for President want “Medicare for all” and an end to private healthcare insurance. But a new poll finds bad news for Democrats on this topic as only ten percent agree with the plan.

The new The Hill-HarrisX poll released on Friday is not good news for left-wing Democrats who think that Americans want “free” healthcare.

With the Democrat candidates all pushing one version or another of government-run healthcare, the poll does not seem to show much support for the idea at all.

According to Daily Caller:

The poll, which was conducted between September 20-21, asked 1,000 registered voters which statement about health care “comes closest” to their view.

Coming out on top with 27% was the following statement: “Medicare/Medicaid should be expanded to cover all citizens regardless of age or income, but people should be able to purchase private supplemental plans.”

Next up, 25 percent agreed that “Any citizen should be able to sign up for Medicare/Medicaid regardless of age or income while those with private plans could keep their existing insurance.”

The third highest was 19 percent who felt that the whole system should just be left alone.

Then came 18 percent who said the government shouldn’t be paying for any healthcare at all.

Then, bringing up the rear, only a tiny ten percent agreed with this statement: “Medicare/Medicaid should be expanded to cover all citizens regardless of age or income and private health plans should be abolished.”

The final result shows that fully 89 percent oppose the Democrat’s healthcare in varying degrees.

This poll is not good news for the liberals.

Are Democrats listening?

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