Trump's third big healthcare achievement was the expansion of health reimbursement arrangements in 2019. Has allow employers to set aside money tax-free for individual workers to spend on health insurance.
Because they purchase their benefits directly, individuals can take their coverage with them if they leave their job. The Trump administration has given Americans access to more affordable health insurance options.
President Trump outlined his long-awaited health care plan on Thursday, signing a series of executive orders he said are aimed at protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions, ending surprise billing and introducing more affordable public options. The move comes as the Trump administration tries to overturn Obamacare in the Supreme Court after getting rid of the key enforcement tool of the law, the individual mandate, when Congress eliminated the penalty for not having insurance.
The first executive order requires that health insurance companies cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers, a move he floated in August. President Barack Obama’s plan, formerly known as the Affordable Care Act, already includes a provision that prevents insurers from discriminating against Americans with pre-existing medical conditions.
But Trump ’s executive order does not carry the weight of an actual law if the Affordable Care Act is struck down by the Supreme Court. Health care has emerged as a major issue in Trump ’s first term, and in July he signed an executive order reducing the cost of prescription drugs.
Trump signed the orders during a trip to North Carolina as he “laid out his vision” for a healthcare system he called the America First HealthcarePlan, which he said would focus on providing increased choice, lower costs and improved care. “We will ensure the highest standard of care anywhere in the world: cutting-edge treatments, state-of-the-art medicine, groundbreaking cures and true health security for you and your loved ones,” he said.
Earlier this month, Trump also signed an executive order to lower drug prices in the United States by instructing Medicare to not pay more for certain medicines than other nations, prompting criticism from the pharmaceutical industry. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump pledged to “repeal and replace” the ACA, also known as Obamacare, but has after being elected has said he would continue protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions included in the healthcare plan.
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a series of executive orders as part of a healthcare system he dubbed the America First Healthcare plan. The New Zealand bowling attack tore through the West Indies taking 15 wickets in three sessions to put the Black Caps on the verge of victory in Hamilton.
One in 20 people in the greater Los Angeles area will be infected, he said. That was after California reported 22,018 new coronavirus cases Friday, topping the previous record of about 20,000 hit just two days ago. Five of the biggest counties in the San Francisco Bay Area are imposing shelter-in-place rules from Dec. 6 through Jan. 4 as they seek to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed as the coronavirus surges.
It reported 30 more fatalities, also a record, the Oregon Health Authority said Friday. The state just ended a two-week “freeze” that increased restrictions, but Governor Kate Brown said in a press briefing that modeling shows daily cases may still double by Christmas. In a First, the CDC Says to Use Masks Indoors When Not Home (2:59 p.m. NY)Americans should be wearing a mask indoors whenever they’re outside their own home, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending for the first time as Covid-19 surges across the country.“Consistent and correct use of face masks is a public health strategy critical to reducing respiratory transmission” of Covid-19, the report stated, adding that this was particularly important “in light of estimates that approximately one half of new infections are transmitted by persons who have no symptoms.” N.J. For next year, they’re looking for ways to increase production capacity beyond a promised 1.3 billion doses. Bahrian said it had granted emergency approval to the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and Biotech, the second nation to do so after the UK. Iowa Hits Record Deaths for Second Straight Day (12:42 p.m. NY)Iowa reported 84 more deaths, the second consecutive day of record fatalities, state data show.
The number of hospitalizations and intensive-care patients fell. Italy Deaths Fall From Record (12:14 p.m. NY)Italy reported 24,099 new cases Friday, confirming the downward trend from last week. While the epidemic is still putting pressure on hospitals, there’s a general improvement in its transmission speed, which proves the three-tier restriction system introduced in early November has worked, according to the Health Ministry weekly report. For more articles like this, please visit us at Bloomberg.subscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Meg Landing and other Australian stars will soon return to training with state squads before an expected January start to the domestic 50-over competition. Mick Price has a big opinion of Tavidance, so he was relieved to see the horse finally have some luck and score an easy win at Dagenham.
“U.S. troops have made a huge contribution and had great impact on the training and operational effectiveness of Somali soldiers,” said Yusuf, a member of Somalia's Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. Some seven Test squad members will play for Australia A in a tour game, with captain Travis Head saying they must put India's red-ball stars under pressure.
Kuwaitis vote in legislative polls on Saturday as the Gulf state faces its worst economic crisis in decades, posing a challenge for the government's often stormy relationship with parliament, that has hampered fiscal reform. Turnout is expected to be lower than in past elections due to concern over COVID-19, which along with low crude prices, has battered state finances in the wealthy oil-producing nation.
(Bloomberg) -- The first operators of miniature nuclear reactors described their job as “tickling the tail of a sleeping dragon” because of the danger involved with unlocking the energy in atoms. Those units built more than a half century ago in the U.S. and Europe generated bursts of heat within fractions of a second so that scientists could gauge nuclear reactions, sometimes with deadly consequences. Modern reactors are gigantic by comparison, able to power more than 1.5 million homes each. Today, the nuclear industry once again is thinking small, spurred on by politicians including U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
They’re looking to solve the next climate change challenge: how to feed pollution-free heat to industries that make steel, cement, glass and chemicals. “It’s a particular niche market, but a very large niche.” Small modular reactors are drawing the attention of policymakers across the U.S. and Europe because of their versatility.
Johnson set aside 500 million pounds for SMR design in a green economy program last month, and Biden says they’re one of the keys to long-term energy policy in the U.S. Some of the biggest investors and industrial companies have gotten behind the technology, with reactor designs emerging from Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc, Floor Corp.-backed Scale Power LLC and Terrestrial Energy USA Inc., which has drawn investment from Bill Gates.
“This is the decade of SMR demonstrations, which could potentially determine front-runners for the expected economy of series production,” said Henri Pillar, the head planning and economic studies at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. “There is high level of innovation.” For now, only a single SMR unit is in commercial operation, installed on a barge off Russia’s Arctic coast.
The challenge is earning enough money from a small plant to pay for the regulatory burden that comes with any nuclear venture. The industry also must overcome perceptions that its technology is too costly and complex, which has largely left it behind in the clean-energy revolution. In places like the U.K., which has spent more than a decade working to replace its aging fleet of nuclear reactors, sponsors like Electricity de France SA are finding it difficult to get a sign-off for new atomic generation plants.
The idea is that standardizing units drives down the overall cost of deployment, making the technology quicker and cheaper to set up than traditional nuclear reactors. Temperatures exceeding 300 degrees Celsius are needed to turn oil sands into liquid petroleum for use in refined products ranging from fertilizers to pharmaceuticals.
“The winners will be worth billions and the losers left with nothing.” Engineers also say Mrs also can efficiently produce hydrogen, another fuel emerging as a preferred way to supply heat for industry. Around-the-clock availability of nuclear plants pairs well with processes that split the gas from water molecules, French Chief Executive Officer Boris Such said in September.
While U.S. industries could provide sufficient demand for as many as 4,000 Mrs, they’re unlikely to be able to afford the large up-front investments needed to pay it without support, according to a study by the National Academy of Sciences. “Using this market to justify the development of a program of factory SMR production appears to be a particularly implausible strategy,” wrote the authors.
These fights may get nasty, as I predicted in July. But the decision about whether to include poor countries in our common human struggle against a pandemic shouldn’t be so hard. Growing insecurity is making it difficult to augment those supplies, Air Ibrahim, the group’s president, said in a Dec. 1 interview. Food growers are being assailed on at least three fronts.
The latest attack took place on Nov. 27, when alleged Islamist insurgents killed dozens of subsistence rice growers in the northeastern state of Born, where an insurgency has raged for more than a decade. The violence is compounding production challenges stemming from factors such as climate change and the coronavirus pandemic that have placed northeastern Nigeria at risk of famine, the United Nations warned last month. Parts of the population in northeast Nigeria are already facing “critical hunger,” it said. Suleiman Arena, director in the department of strategic grain reserves at Nigeria’s Agriculture Ministry, didn’t answer six calls and a text message seeking comment. In addition to the Islamist attacks, food production is being destabilized by a long-running conflict between crop growers and northern cattle herders, who are being forced by desertification to seek grazing pasture further south.“This worrying trend poses food security risks to millions of Nigerians,” said Ibrahim, whose group represents most of the nation’s 12 million farmers.
Nigeria is the world’s second-largest importer of rice after China, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nigerian army spokesman Sager Must didn’t answer calls seeking comment, and calls to Defense Minister Bashar Saline Marathi didn’t connect. For more articles like this, please visit us at Bloomberg.subscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P. With its traditional British red phone boxes, pubs serving fish-and-chips and tax-free shopping, Gibraltar has long-drawn day-trippers from neighboring Spain.
Chris Waller will happily follow the carnival train to Brisbane this summer as he chases more black-type for Rose hill winner The Elnora. Naomi Nakamoto took a first win of the Super Formula season in an incident-strewn first leg of this weekend's Suzuki double header, as preface points leader Rio Hiragana was caught up in a major crash.
Brisbane Heat import Tom Canton has opted out of the Big Bash League after his mental health deteriorated from an extended time in quarantine bubbles.