Tuesday March 14, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Tuesday March 14, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Tuesday, the Northeast is being slammed by winter storm Stella. From Philadelphia to Maine. Stella is dumping snow that will have totals in feet of snow. In areas, such as Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, those areas are facing sleet, freezing rain on top of snow that has already fallen. The weight of the snow and frozen rains could cause power outages due to the weight on power lines. School and businesses have closed for the day as governors across the Northeast are urging their citizens to stay off the roads unless they are emergency personnel.

2. Monday afternoon, the Congressional Budget Office released their analysis of the Republican plan for healthcare for the nation. The CBO’s report states that twenty-four million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 under the GOP’s American Health Care Act. The analysis also states that the GOP plan would lower the deficit by $337 billion during that time, because there would be a lessening of spending on Medicaid and government aid for people buying health plans on their own. The CBO also states that in only a year’s time, fourteen percent of Americans would lose their healthcare by next year. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Monday outside the White House said that “we disagree strenuously with the report that was put out.” Yet, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, told reporters of the GOP’s plan will cause “thousands of Americans will die if this legislation is passed and we have to do everything that we can to see that is defeated.”

3. President Donald Trump’s accusation that the Obama administration wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower during the campaign has not been proved yet but the Justice Department has asked he chairman and vice chairman of the House Intelligence Committee for “additional time” to collect evidence. Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement, that, “This afternoon, the Department of Justice placed calls to representatives of the chairman and ranking member of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to ask for additional time to review the request in compliance with the governing legal authorities and to determine what if any responsive documents may exist.” So far there hasn’t been any evidence that the President was correct in his allegations against former President Obama.

4. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, on Monday, walked back the allegation that President Trump had tweeted that Press Obama has “wiretapped” then candidate, Donald Trump during the presidential election season. Spicer said Monday,” He doesn’t really think that President Obama went up and tapped his phone personally.” Continuing Spicer said, “I think there is no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election. That is a widely-reported activity that occurred back then.” Spicer also stated that “the president used the word wiretap in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities during that.”

5. While Americans are learning what the GOP healthcare bill effect will have on their families, a separate bill could spell a real danger for them. A separate bill could compel employees to participate in workplace wellness programs that collect their and their families’ health and genetic data. The bill, Preserving Employee Wellness Program Act, was introduced in the House on March 2 by Representative Virginia Foxx, (R-NC). the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act protects an applicant from being denied employment due to their health concerns but many say this new bill is an end around those protections. The bill would compel employees to participate in workplace wellness programs that collect their and their families’ health and genetic data and employers would be able to penalize those who do not take part in the workplace wellness programs.

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