With congressional Republicans struggling to develop an Obamacare alternative, the Trump administration is taking steps on its own to loosen government regulation of the nation’s health insurance markets, a longtime conservative goal.
Administration officials said the moves — which were detailed in proposed regulations released Wednesday — are necessary to stabilize Obamacare marketplaces that have been shaken over the last year by rising premiums and insurer exits.
But the Trump administration’s moves to relax rules on insurers appear likely to shift additional medical costs to patients by promoting higher-deductible health plans.
Andy Puzder's nomination as Labor secretary appeared to be in deep trouble Wednesday amid increasing Republican opposition in the wake of a series of controversies.
At least four Republican senators would oppose the Southern California fast-food executive's confirmation, CNN reported. That would be enough to sink the nomination because of apparent unanimous Democratic opposition.
President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both declined to commit to the internationally accepted recipe of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Wednesday, a diplomatic shift for both governments that could signal a realignment of the traditional peace process.
At a joint news conference ahead of their first White House summit, Trump said he would support whatever solution the Israelis and Palestinians wanted.
"I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like," Trump said. "I can live with either one."
President Trump lashed out Wednesday at the media and the sources of leaks in complaining that his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, suffered “unfair” treatment when he was dismissed this week.
“It’s very unfair what happened to Gen. Flynn and the documents and papers that were illegally leaked,” Trump said at a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, making his first public comments since accepting Flynn’s resignation late Monday,
But Trump said nothing about Flynn’s potentially illegal conduct in discussing U.S. sanctions with a Russian diplomat prior to Trump’s inauguration.
It’s President Trump versus the intelligence community … again.
News reports, citing unnamed sources within the FBI and National Security Agency, reveal Trump aides and associates made repeated contact with senior Russian officials during the 2016 campaign, but the president's chief response has been to lambaste the leaks as “very un-American.”
“Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?),” he jabbed on Twitter.
It appears the conservative media are siding with Trump.
Here are some of Wednesay’s headlines:
Fox News, Breitbart and the Daily Caller all led their websites Wednesday morning with headlines highlighting Trump’s denunciation of the intelligence community leaks.
'VERY UN-AMERICAN': Trump blasts US intel community over 'illegal' leaks(Fox News
Donald Trump denounces ‘un-American’ intelligence leaks to ‘fake news’ (Breitbart)
‘The real scandal’ Trump accuses intelligence community leakers of acting 'just like Russia' (Daily Caller)
In other conservative news:
Ethics watchdog can’t investigate Kellyanne Conway or punish other rule violators (Daily Caller)
As the White House struggles to contain the fallout from the ouster of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn this week, President Trump doubled down Wednesday on favorite lines of attack, against the mainstream press and the sources of their reporting.
Trump, a voracious consumer of morning cable news, began the day by attacking “the fake news media” and their “conspiracy theories and blind hatred. Morning shows on MSNBC and CNN were “unwatchable,” but “Fox and Friends” was “great,” he said.
The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!
In an apparent reference to a New York Times report that Trump campaign officials may have been in direct contact with Russian intelligence officials during the campaign - long denied by the White House - the president deemed questions about a “Russian connection” as “non-sense."
This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign.