Author: Harry Feirman

Trump judicial nominee said transgender children are part of ‘Satan’s plan’, defended ‘conversion therapy’

In a pair of 2015 speeches, President Donald Trump’s nominee for a federal judgeship in Texas described transgender children as evidence of “Satan’s plan,” lamented that states were banning conversion therapy and argued that sanctioning same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and bestiality. Jeff Mateer, the current first assistant attorney general of Texas, was serving…

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Gov. Greitens stumbles in bid to politicize the state education board

Gov. Eric Greitens’ clumsy efforts to replace the state’s respected education commissioner, Margie Vandeven, hit the latest of three obstacles when one of his State Board of Education nominees declined the governor’s appointment. Greitens was trying to replace a board member who says she was forced off the board after refusing to knuckle under to…

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Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal Bill Would Cause Huge Premium Increases for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

With only two weeks left to move forward with a partisan health care repeal bill, some Senate Republicans are trying one last time to rip coverage from millions of Americans. Their latest effort, introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), would make devastating cuts to Medicaid and cut and eventually eliminate funding…

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Complacency Could Kill Health Care

Republican attempts to destroy Obamacare have repeatedly failed, and for very good reason. Their attacks on the Affordable Care Act were always based on lies, and they have never come up with a decent alternative. The simple fact is that all the major elements of the A.C.A. — prohibiting discrimination by insurers based on medical…

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Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications. The reason, experts say: Opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives…

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GOP eying ‘blue slip’ break to help Trump fill the courts

Momentum is building in the Senate for doing away with an arcane rule that allows senators to block some of President Trump’s judicial nominees. The “blue-slip” rule — a precedent upheld by Senate tradition — allows a home-state senator to stop a lower-court nominee by refusing to return a sheet of paper, known as a…

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Senate GOP tries one last time to repeal Obamacare

Obamacare repeal is on the brink of coming back from the dead. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his leadership team are seriously considering voting on a bill that would scale back the federal government’s role in the health care system and instead provide block grants to states, congressional and Trump administration sources said….

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The Justice Department goes out of its way to side against a gay couple

SHOULD A Colorado baker have the right to turn away a gay couple seeking a custom wedding cake if he disapproves of their upcoming marriage? According to the Justice Department, the answer is yes. The Supreme Court will soon hear arguments over the conduct of this unwilling baker in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights…

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President Trump’s War on Science

The news was hard to digest until one realized it was part of a much larger and increasingly disturbing pattern in the Trump administration. On Aug. 18, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine received an order from the Interior Department that it stop work on what seemed a useful and overdue study of the health risks…

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