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HHS Secretary Price Vows to Reduce Health IT Regulations

Have you ever noticed your doctor seems to be trying to diagnose his computer? Well, now there’s a solution for that.

The physician who is in charge of President Trump’s Health and Human Services department says other docs are telling him they feel like they’ve become date entry clerks and are retiring because of it. And he means to do something about it.

From the Washington Examiner:

Health information technology regulations have become overly burdensome, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who vowed that the Trump administration would work to spur innovation in the field.

“We simply have to do a better job of reducing the burden of health IT on physicians and other providers,” said Price, speaking at the Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

Price, a former orthopedic surgeon and Republican congressman from Georgia, has been a frequent critic of certain government regulations that he says get in the way of doctors and their patients.

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Why Trump’s Tax Plan is Not His Actual Tax Plan

This morning, NBC Today Host Matt Lauer asked Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to swear President Trump’s proposed tax cuts will pay for themselves.

I wonder if Matt ever asked any member of the Obama administration to swear that people would be able to keep their doctor under Obamacare.

Of course, Mnuchin didn’t raise his hand because he knows full well the tax cuts won’t pay for themselves. They will cover their cost in part as a result of the economic stimulus they provide, but even conservative economists don’t believe tax cuts fully pay for themselves.

President Trump knows this too. What all the flummoxed pundits and politicians in Washington don’t understand is that this is not a proposal. This is an opening proposal.

A businessman who specializes in dealmaking has landed in a town, Washington, that doesn’t understand business. Trump is going big with his proposal because he knows he won’t get everything he wants. His actual goal is probably pretty clear to him, and it’s not what he is proposing. It’s less.

What is going on here is that Trump has decided, after the Obamacare repeal debacle, to start making policy from the White House and not leave it to a wonk and politician like Speaker Paul Ryan.

Ryan put out an Obamacare repeal plan that was actually his final proposal, and look what happened. He didn’t leave himself room to maneuver. And so it sunk. Trump is now left trying to revive it.

As the tax debate goes on over the next year, look for Trump to mostly stick to his guns until the last minute, and then magnanimously agree to jettison some of his ostensibly cherished proposals for a deal.

The deal he wanted in the first place.

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Trump, Mexican and Canadian Leaders, Agree to Renegotiate NAFTA

The White House released this statement Wednesday evening: Late this afternoon, President Donald J. Trump spoke with both President Peña Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada. Both conversations were pleasant and productive. President Trump agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their… Continue Reading

Trump Schedule || Thursday, April 27, 2017

10:30 am || Receives his daily intelligence briefing 11:20 am || Meets with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina 2:00 pm || Signs a Memorandum on Aluminum Imports and Threats to National Security 4:45 pm || Makes remarks and signs an Executive Order on Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection; Department of Veterans Affairs All times Eastern… Continue Reading

Trump Proposes Rate Cuts for Corporations, Individuals

The White House says it’s the biggest, baddest tax cut in history. The Wall Street Journal reports: The plan largely hews to tax-cut proposals Mr. Trump made during his presidential campaign last year, but it includes several crucial changes. Most notably, Mr. Trump is proposing to repeal a provision of the tax code that allows… Continue Reading

Ann Coulter Cancels Berkeley Speech

Conservative activist Ann Coulter canceled her speech at the University of California at Berkeley. Leftist students and others have promised massive protests if she speaks, and authorities have warned that they might not be able to prevent violence. This resulted in a decision by the Young America’s Foundation, a Republican student group, to pull out… Continue Reading

House Freedom Caucus Signs on to Obamacare Repeal Deal

A spokeswoman for the conservative House Freedom said Wednesday afternoon that it has signed onto an Obamacare repeal and replace deal that they have been negotiating with the leader of a faction of House moderates and the White House. “NEWS: Freedom Caucus announces official position of support for AHCA with MacArthur amendment included, tweeted spokeswoman… Continue Reading

Ivanka Suggests Possibility of Accepting Syrian Refugees

Ivanka Trump Wednesday said allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. “has to be part of the discussion” of how best to solve the humanitarian crisis plaguing the Arab world. This would, um, appear to put her in conflict with President Trump, who has signed executive orders seeking to ban Syrian refugees from the United States as… Continue Reading