Fri, Oct 6, 2017: Trump rolls back Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate

The Trump administration will allow virtually any employer to claim a religious or moral objection to Obamacare’s birth control coverage mandate under a sweeping rollback announced Friday.

The new policies, which take effect immediately, reignite a fierce battle over one of the health care law’s most controversial provisions and quickly drew legal challenges. The requirement to provide FDA-approved contraception at no cost was long opposed by religious groups that heavily favored Trump, and has been wrapped up in litigation for more than five years.

“The United States has a long history of providing conscience protections in the regulation of health care for entities and individuals with objections based on religious beliefs or moral convictions,” the administration wrote in new rules.

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Fri, Oct 6, 2017: Trump speaks at Hispanic Heritage Month event (video)

On Friday, President Donald J. Trump hosted an event to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month and Hispanic American leaders on the State Floor of the White House. More than 200 Hispanic business, community, and faith leaders from across the country gathered at the White House to hear remarks from President Trump, Secretary Alex Acosta of the Department of Labor, and Treasurer Jovita Carranza from the Department of Treasury.

Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual observance held from September 15th through October 15th. The month begins on September 15th, commemorating the independence days of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica followed by Mexico on September 16th. Hispanic Heritage Month invites all Americans to honor the contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to the United States and the Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enhanced our Nation.

Today’s event began when Jennifer Korn, Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison, welcomed Julissa Arce Rivera to the stage to sing two songs, one of which was dedicated to the people of Puerto Rico as they recover from Hurricane Maria.

Shortly after, President Trump appeared on stage with First Lady Melania Trump, Treasurer Carranza, and Secretary Acosta. He began his remarks with an update on the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. “We’re martialing every federal resource at our disposal,” said the President. “We will not rest until the job is done.” He also mentioned the tremendous recovery efforts being made in the devastated Virgin Islands stating that “they’re rebuilding and the spirit is incredible.” The unified efforts of federal and local governments continue to propel hurricane relief efforts forward.

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