The religious activists on the rise inside Trump’s health department

Jan 23, 2018

By Dan Diamond

A small cadre of politically prominent religious activists inside the Department of Health and Human Services have spent months quietly planning how to weaken federal protections for abortion and transgender care — a strategy that’s taking shape in a series of policy moves that took even their own staff by surprise.

Those officials include Roger Severino, an anti-abortion Catholic lawyer who now runs the Office of Civil Rights and last week laid out new protections allowing health care workers with religious or moral objections to abortion and other procedures to opt out. Shannon Royce, the agency’s key liaison with religious and grass-roots organizations, has also emerged as a pivotal player.

“To have leaders like Roger, like Shannon, it’s so important,” said Deanna Wallace of Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion group that was frequently at odds with the Obama administration. “It’s extremely encouraging to have HHS on our side this time.”

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2 comments on “The religious activists on the rise inside Trump’s health department

  • @OP – Those officials include Roger Severino, an anti-abortion Catholic lawyer who now runs the Office of Civil Rights and last week laid out new protections allowing health care workers with religious or moral objections to abortion and other procedures to opt out.
    Shannon Royce, the agency’s key liaison with religious and grass-roots organizations, has also emerged as a pivotal player.

    So – just the usual Trump appointments of the worst available perverse candidates for the posts!



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  • There is at least, a possibility of improved prospects for SOME people, in the US rip-off business of healthcare!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42877287

    Amazon, JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway are joining forces to create a healthcare firm aimed at cutting costs for their US employees.

    The independent firm would be “free from profit-making incentives and constraints”, the firms said.

    They said their aim was to provide care to staff at a “reasonable cost”.

    Nonetheless, the announcement sparked fears that tech giant Amazon could disrupt the healthcare sector in the same way that it has the retail sector.

    The firms are the three largest private employers in the US, collectively employing over 500,000 staff.

    The three companies said they would focus on technology to provide “simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare”.

    “Our people want transparency, knowledge and control when it comes to managing their healthcare,” said Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase.

    “The three of our companies have extraordinary resources, and our goal is to create solutions that benefit our US employees, their families and, potentially, all Americans.”

    Shares in US health insurers UnitedHealth, Anthem and Cigna Corp all fell over 5% in early trading following the announcement.



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