Washington, DC, December 7, 2016 — The Associated Press today reports that repealing President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.
Separately, a professional group representing benefit advisers warned congressional leaders of the risk of “significant market disruption” that could cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.
Republicans dismiss such dire scenarios, saying that they are working on replacement legislation for a President Donald Trump to sign. Continue reading
Trenton, NJ, December 7, 2016 — Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to ma
ke the registration process easier for pharmaceutical companies is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.
The measure came out of the New Jersey Red Tape Review Commission.
“The seemingly never ending list of regulations and rules has handcuffed business in this state for far too long,” Senator Oroho said. Continue reading
Trenton, NJ, December 6, 2016 — The New Jersey Department of Health is reminding residents to get the seasonal flu vaccine during National Influenza Vaccination Week. While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, flu activity is usually highest between December and February.
As long as flu activity is ongoing, it’s not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later.
“Now is a great time to get the flu vaccine in anticipation of family gatherings during the holiday season,” Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett said. “Getting the vaccine is the most important step you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu, which can cause serious illness and death in some.” Continue reading
Washington, DC, December 6, 2016 — The heads of 29 top U.S. scientific and higher-education organizations — including Rush Holt, CEO of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and former New Jersey Congressman — wrote to President-elect Donald Trump on November 23, urging him to quickly appoint a “nationally respected leader with appropriate engineering, scientific, management and policy skills” to serve as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology.
Such a senior-level adviser would be able to assist the White House in “determining effective ways to use science and technology to address major national challenges,” the group noted. Continue reading
In a statement on December 2, Chairman-Designate Frelinghuysen said:
“I want to offer my thanks to the House Leadership and the Republican Steering Committee for allowing me to Chair the House Committee on Appropriations. Continue reading
Washington, DC, December 5, 2016 — In a “60 Minutes” interview that was broadcast last night, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) said that repealing Obamacare will be the first priority of congressional Republicans when Donald Trump takes office in January.
“Well, the first bill we’re going to be working on is our Obamacare legislation,” he said in an interview airing Sunday night, though he declined to offer a timetable.
“We want to make sure that we have a good transition period, so that people can get better coverage at a better price.” Continue reading
The STEM Solution: NJ’s Universities Deliver on Workforce Needs of Today and Tomorrow Via STEM Initiatives
Trenton, NJ, December 4, 2016 — Colleen O’Dea reports in New Jersey Business that the need for more and better prepared graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — collectively called STEM — has been a major focus this century.
President Obama has called for 100,000 new teachers in those fields by 2022. A Business Roundtable “Change the Equation 2014 Survey on US Workforce Skills” found that employers are looking to fill 1.6 million jobs needing some level of STEM mastery within five years.
In New Jersey alone, officials predict that more than 200,000 jobs in STEM fields must be filled by 2025. Continue reading
Paramus, NJ, December 3, 2016 — The Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) on November 11 announced the appointment of Anthony Russo as the new president, effective January 1, 2017.
Mr. Russo will succeed John Galandak, who is retiring after 11 years as president. CIANJ is a state business advocacy organization representing more than 950 corporate members from every industry sector.
Before becoming CIANJ president, Mr. Galandak led the association’s education affiliate, The Foundation for Free Enterprise. Continue reading
Washington, DC, December 2, 2016 — The Associated Press reports that only about 1 in 4 people in the United States wants President-elect Donald Trump to entirely repeal his predecessor’s health care law that extended coverage to millions, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The post-election survey released yesterday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation also found hints of a pragmatic shift among some Republican foes of President Barack Obama’s law.
While 52 percent of Republicans say they want the law completely repealed, that share is down from 69 percent just last month, before the election. Continue reading
Washington, DC, December 1, 2016 — Jennifer Steinhauer and Sabrina Tavernise report in The New York Times that the U.S. House or Representatives yesterday overwhelmingly passed a far-reaching measure — the 21st Century Cures Act — to increase funding for research into cancer and other diseases, address weaknesses in the nation’s mental health systems and help combat the prescription drug addictions that have bedeviled nearly every state.
In a statement, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), co-authors of the bill, said, “21st Century Cures is the innovation game-changer that patients, their loved ones, and the nation’s researchers and scientists so desperately need.”
“The White House has expressed its enthusiastic endorsement of this critical legislation,” Upton and DeGette said. “So it’s now on to the Senate, where we are just one final vote away from delivering #CuresNow.” Continue reading