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Study: NJ Would See Job Loss Under House GOP’s Obamacare Repeal and Replace Proposal

Washington, DC, June 19, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger/NewJersey.com that New Jersey would lose more jobs than all but five other states under the House Republican health care bill, according to a study released June 14.

The Garden State would lose 42,000 jobs by 2026, behind only New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, and Illinois, according to the study by George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation that supports efforts to increase health coverage.

Overall, according to the study, the 10 states with the largest job losses by 2026 are:

  1. New York (86,000)
  2. Pennsylvania (85,000)
  3. Florida (83,000)
  4. Michigan (51,000)
  5. Illinois (46,000)
  6. New Jersey (42,000)
  7. Ohio (42,000)
  8. North Carolina (41,000)
  9. California (32,000)
  10. Tennessee (28,000).

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Opinion: Former Merck CEO and Princeton University President Emeritus on ‘Trump’s War on Science Threatens U.S. Prosperity’

Princeton, NJ, June 12, 2017Roy Vagelos, retired Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co. and Chairman of the Board of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Shirley Tilghman, President Emeritus of Princeton University and a professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs, published the following opinion piece in The Star-Ledger on June 6:

In the past 40 years, the U.S. has been the world leader in converting fundamental scientific discoveries into innovative new treatments for life-threatening disease.  New drugs, vaccines, and medical devices have improved human health and increased our lifespan. Continue reading

Trump to Keep Dr. Francis Collins as Director of National Institutes of Health

Dr. Francis Collins

Washington, DC, June 7, 2017The Washington Post reports that the White House yesterday announced that Francis S. Collins will stay on as Director of the National Institutes of Health, extending Collins’s tenure even as the Trump administration proposes deep cuts to the government’s premier biomedical research center.

Dr. Collins, a physician and geneticist, has led NIH since 2009.

Collins is renowned for his leadership of the International Human Genome Project, which in 2003 sequenced the complete human genetic blueprint for the first time. Continue reading

White House’s 2018 Budget Plan Would ‘Devastate’ R&D, Says AAAS CEO Rush Holt

Washington, DC, May 31, 2017 — The double-digit percentage cuts President Donald Trump is proposing in his fiscal 2018 budget plan for science and technology programs would “devastate America’s science and technology enterprise” and weaken the nation’s economic growth, Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), said on May 22.

Pointing to the budget blueprint the White House delivered to Congress Tuesday, Holt said, the plan, if enacted, would make steep cuts to science and technology programs and “negatively affect our nation’s economy and public well-being.”

Holt, a former New Jersey Congressman, cited several agencies and programs facing particularly “severe” cuts. Continue reading

House GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill Would Leave 470K More New Jerseyans Without Health Insurance

Washington, DC, May 26, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger that almost 470,000 additional New Jersey residents wouldn’t have health insurance coverage under the House Republican-passed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a report released Thursday.

More than half of the 469,500 residents — 246,000 — would not be covered due to the American Health Care Act’s $834 billion cut to Medicaid, which would end the extra federal funding for new enrollees in states like New Jersey that expanded the program under the current health care law. Continue reading

CBO Reports: House GOP’s Health Reform Bill Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured in 10 Years

Washington, DC, May 25, 2017 — House Republicans-drafted and -passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal and replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, would result in 23 million fewer people with health insurance over 10 years, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced yesterday late afternoon.

This total is less than the CBO’s accounting of a previous version of the bill, which lacked enough GOP support to go to the House floor for a vote. Continue reading

CBO to Release Score of House-Passed GOP Healthcare Bill on May 24

Washington, DC, May 20, 2017The Hill reports that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release its analysis of the House-passed Republicans’ healthcare reform bill Wednesday afternoon, May 24.

The long-awaited analysis of the bill will give an idea of how the legislation will impact the deficit and how many people could lose coverage.

The initial version showed that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would increase the number of people without health insurance by 24 million by 2026. Continue reading

House Science Committee Members Urge President Trump to Bolster Scientific Leadership in Administration

Washington, DC, May 19, 2017 — Lev Facher reports on STAT that, in a May 18 letter to the White House, several Democrats on the House Science Committee are scolding President Trump for his belief in fake news stories, tying that belief to the lack of scientific leadership in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

“Until the OSTP is adequately staffed and the director position filled by a qualified, objective scientist who understands the difference between alternative news peddled on alt-right websites and legitimate well-vetted scientific facts, we fear that you will continue to be vulnerable to misinformation and fake news,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. Continue reading

Kaiser Study: 6 Million with Pre-Existing Conditions Could Be Charged More Under GOP Plan

Washington, DC, May 18, 2017 — Nathaniel Weixel reports in The Hill that more than 6 million people with pre-existing conditions could face higher insurance premiums under the House Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill because of gaps in coverage, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Under the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which narrowly passed the House last month, states would be allowed to waive the community rating provision of Obamacare, which prevents insurers from charging more for those with pre-existing conditions. Continue reading

AAAS Applauds Congress for Protecting Fiscal 2017 R&D Spending

Washington, DC, May 17, 2017 — Anne Q. Hoy reports that the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) applauded congressional leaders for their bipartisan support in backing fiscal 2017 funding for research and development programs, according to a letter AAAS sent to House and Senate leaders on May 9.

“We commend Congress and the White House for working together to prevent a government shutdown and finalizing appropriations for fiscal year 2017,” said Rush Holt, AAAS CEO and executive publisher of the Science family of journals, in the letter sent to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). Continue reading