Inclusion cutouts Critics worriedthe rule would curb access to health care for LGBTQ patients andlimit states' ability to provide effective health care. (Photo:Shutterstock)

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The Trump administration isn't doing so well when it comes torulemaking. Just last week, a judge shot down a rule that wouldhave required immigrants to show proof of health care coverage before applyingfor a visa. Similarly, a rule that would take enrollment in public assistance programs likeMedicare into account for green card holders was also struckdown.

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The latest? The administration's "conscience rule," which wouldhave allowed medical providers to deny care based on religiousgrounds. The rule, announced in May and scheduled to take effectlater this month, was immediately met with backlash and legalchallenges from at least 22 states and several municipalities.

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Related: 'Conscience rule' delay approved by WhiteHouse

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On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattandeemed the rule unconstitutionally coercive, as it would givethe Department of Health and Human Services significant ability towithhold funding from hospitals and providers not incompliance.

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"Wherever the outermost line where persuasion gives way tocoercion lies, the threat to pull all HHS funding here crosses it,"Engelmayer wrote, adding that the rulemaking "was sufficiently shotthrough with glaring legal defects."

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Critics worried the rule would curb access to health care forLGBTQ patients, and states worried they wouldn't be able to provideeffective health care.

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"Everyone deserves to access the health care they need," PlannedParenthood acting president Alexis McGill Johnson said of thedecision. "This rule put patients' needs last."

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.