Will Bureaucrats Thwart President Trump’s Efforts to End Obamacare?

Back in October, President Trump issued an executive order to give Americans a critical escape hatch from Obamacare’s soaring premiums and dwindling insurance options. Now, this same executive order faces significant risk of being watered-down by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) regulatory swamp. The anchor of President Trump’s health care executive order was a provision allowing consumers to purchase (and renew) short-term limited-duration health insurance (STLD) plans. These plans provide consumers with an affordable health care option because they are exempt from Obamacare’s laundry-list of regulations and coverage requirements. It is because these plans are so affordable that

Judge Orders Trump Admin to Facilitate Abortions for Illegal Immigrant Teens

On Monday, a federal judge ruled that the Trump administration could not block two teenage illegal immigrants from obtaining abortions. The ruling marked a victory for the American Civil Liberties Union, which had filed to keep the government from blocking abortion access for the two pregnant girls. Documents were filed last week by the ACLU in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of the girls, who are both 17. The girls were simply identified as Jane Roe and Jane Poe. These documents asked for a temporary restraining order against the defendants (government officials and entities) to

Trump Administration Follows Through on Protecting Religious Freedom

Today, the Trump administration announced it would be taking three important, new steps to better protect life and religious liberty: 1.) The administration officially issued a rule which will protect the religious freedom of employers who object to the Obama administration’s “contraception mandate,” finally providing relief to groups such as the Little Sisters of the Poor who had taken their case all the way to the Supreme Court. Importantly, the new rule also expands exemption from the mandate to cover the religious and moral objections of non-profit organizations, for-profit, government contractors, non-government employees, institutions of higher education, individuals, and even insurance

Dear Congress: Parents Don’t Need the Government’s Help to Raise Their Children

The progressives in the federal government are very good at “not letting a crisis go to waste,” especially in relation to the disastrous government-created crisis of single-parent families. After subsidizing illegitimacy since the 1960s, 40 percent of families in the U.S. are headed by single parents. So what is the Left’s solution? Instead of reversing those catastrophic policies by promoting two-parent family formation as welfare programs are reformed, they are sending government agents into homes to tell parents how to raise their children according to government standards. And while they are at it, they are collecting all sorts of data

Trump Admin Submits New Rule to Protect Little Sisters, End HHS Mandate

With their commander-in-chief back in the country after his first overseas trip as president, federal officials in the Trump administration are moving towards fulfilling one of his key campaign promises. A newly drafted rule submitted this past week for review will reportedly solidify religious liberty protections for the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups, who had previously been threatened with penalties for refusing to provide contraception coverage as part of their health insurance plans. Back in October 2016, in a letter to leaders of Catholic organizations, then Republican nominee Trump wrote: I will make absolutely certain religious

Trump Taps Religious Liberty Defender for HHS Civil Rights Post

“I could not think of a more dangerous person to head up the Office of Civil Rights at HHS,” JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president of policy and political affairs of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement. He’s talking about Roger Severino, a distinguished Harvard law school graduate who spent seven years as a trial attorney in the Justice Department’s Office of Civil Rights enforcing “the Fair Housing Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, and Title II and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” as his official bio states. Severino cut his teeth in public interest