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Event: Montclair State University to Host ‘Trump’s First 100 Days: What It Might Mean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ on January 30

Donald Trump 1Montclair, NJ, January 25, 2017 — Donald J. Trump was an unconventional candidate, and many expect him to be an unconventional president. What will this mean in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship?  What can we expect from a Trump White House? How will the Democrats interact with a Trump administration?

Join Montclair State University’s Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship and Department of Political Science on Monday, January 30 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. as a panel of experts provides insight on these questions and on how a Trump administration could impact entrepreneurs, startup founders, innovators and inventors.   Continue reading

NIH Director Francis Collins to Stay on Under President Trump — At Least Now

Dr. Francis Collins

Dr. Francis Collins

Bethesda, MD, January 20, 2017 — Dylan Scott reports on STAT that Dr. Francis Collins is being held over as the director of the National Institutes of Health by the Trump administration, his office announced Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Collins had been prepared to step down from the post on Friday, after Trump’s inauguration, and return to his lab at the NIH Bethesda campus. However, with Thursday’s news, he will remain as director for the time being.

It is not yet known whether Trump will permanently reappoint Collins to be his NIH director for his full term. Collin’s office directed all further questions to the Trump transition. Continue reading

Pressure Mounts on Republicans for Post-Obamacare Plan Following CBO Report

Obamacare battleWashington, DC, January 18, 2017The Washington Post today reports that a new analysis that at least 18 million people could lose health insurance in the first year if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act without replacing it intensified the battle this week over the landmark health-care law as President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans try to figure out how to dismantle it.

Democrats seized on the report, issued Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, to discredit Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare and rally Americans who are insured under the program. Continue reading

Congressional Budget Office: Obamacare Repeal Could End Health Insurance for 18 Million Americans and Raise Costs

insured-uninsured-yes-noWashington, DC, January 17, 2017 — The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today reported that repealing major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, while leaving other parts in place, would cost 18 million people their insurance in the first year and could increase the number of uninsured Americans by 32 million in 10 years, while causing individual insurance premiums to double over that time.

The budget office analyzed the probable effects of a Republican repeal bill like the one approved in Congress but vetoed early last year by President Obama. Continue reading

Quinnipiac Poll: Only 18 Percent of Americans Want Full Obamacare Repeal

obamacare-repeal-3Washington, DC, January 17, 2017 — American voters are divided 48 to 47 percent on whether President-elect Donald Trump should support efforts to repeal Obamacare, the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released last week.

In a separate question, 18 percent of voters say Trump and Congress should repeal all of the ACA, while 47 percent say repeal parts of the ACA and 31 percent say Congress should not repeal any of the ACA, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Continue reading

House Follows the Senate, Paving the Path for Obamacare Repeal

Congress Do NOTHINGWashington, DC, January 17, 2017 —Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear reported in The New York Times that the U.S. House of Representatives on January 13 cleared the way on Friday for speedy action to repeal the Affordable Care Act, putting Congress on track to undo the most significant health care law in a half-century.

With a near party-line vote of 227 to 198, the House overcame the opposition of Democrats and the anxieties of some Republicans to approve a budget blueprint that allows Republicans to end major provisions of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act without the threat of a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. Continue reading

President-Elect Trump’s Medicare Promise Vexes Some Congressional Republicans

trump-secure-medicare-and-social-securityWashington, DC, January 13, 2017The Hill reported this week that on the campaign trai, Donald Trump repeatedly pledged to that he wouldn’t gut Medicare as president.

President-Elect Trump’s incoming chief of staff, Reince Priebus, doubled down on that position over the weekend, insisting that his boss wouldn’t “meddle” with Medicare or Social Security.

However, a week before Trump’s inauguration, that campaign promise is already encountering fierce resistance from Republicans on Capitol Hill. Continue reading

Trump Backs Simultaneous Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare, Putting Him at Odds with Hill GOP

Obamacare Health InsuranceWashington, DC, January 12, 2017 — The Wall Street Journal today reports that President-elect Donald Trump said he wants congressional Republicans to vote simultaneously to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Trump, in a news conference on Wednesday, said the repeal and replace would take place the same day or same week. He said once his Health and Human Services secretary is in place, his administration will put forward a plan.

“We’re going to get a health bill passed,” Mr. Trump said.

His position is at odds with GOP leaders whose proposed strategy has been to quickly repeal the law and later replace it with a new one. Continue reading

Vaccine Skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr. Says Trump Asked Him to Lead ‘Vaccine Safety’ Commission

robert-f-kennedy-jr-blackWashington, DC, January 11, 2017The Washington Post reports that Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a proponent of a widely discredited theory that vaccines cause autism, said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump asked him to chair a new commission on vaccines.

Despite what Mr. Kennedy contends, vaccines do not cause autism.

So say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with dozens of studies published in prestigious, peer-reviewed journals.

The scientific consensus on vaccines and autism is thorough and solid: There is no evidence of a connection. Continue reading

President-Elect Trump Pressures Congressional Republicans to Repeal, Replace Health Law at Same Time

President-Elect Donald Trump

President-Elect Donald Trump

Washington, DC, January 10, 2017The Wall Street Journal today reports that President-elect Donald Trump is increasing pressure on congressional Republicans to vote at the same time to both repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

However, party leaders haven’t indicated any shift in Capitol Hill strategy to make that happen.

Mr. Trump’s push, combined with doubts from different factions of Republicans, could end up slowing down party leaders’ efforts to rapidly overturn much of the law. Continue reading