Friday May 5, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Friday May 5, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. President Trump declared victory Thursday when the House narrowly passed his version to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The new plan has its critics as this bill allows states to opt out of expanded Medicaid programs that gave insurance to the elderly and the poor. Instead of subsidies to pay for their insurance program there would be tax credits. According to the Congressional Budget Office, project that 5 million fewer people will be covered under Medicaid; 2 million fewer people will be covered through their employer, and 6 million fewer will obtain coverage on the individual market, either through private insurers or exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The complete CBC score has not even taken place yet. The House voted on and approved the bill without it. The Senate will not even work on this bill until the CBC score is released. The Democrats may not have celebrated yesterday but they did warn those who voted in favor of the bill that they most likely will not be reelected as citizens have been warning elected officials at town halls they would not accept repealing the Affordable Care Act.

2. Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order called the Religious Liberty Act which turns back the function of the Johnson Act which disallowed houses of worship or members of the clergy to endorse political candidates or policy. “We are giving our churches their voices back,” Trump said. Another point of the executive order is that employers would not be forced, though, their insurance plan to cover the cost of birth control measures for women. For instance, Catholic employers will no longer cover the cost of birth control pills for their female employers as they say it goes against their faith. Only problem is, medications such as the pill are not only used as a method of birth control but for hormone replacement or to regulate their menstrual cycles. While the executive order signals, a promise kept, fully repealing the Johnson amendment would require Congressional action.

3. In what can only be called an ironic twist, hours after Congress passed the President’s and GOP’s replacement of the Affordable Care Act, President Trump praised the healthcare of Australia as their Prime Minister visited with President Trump Wednesday evening. “It’s going to be fantastic health care,” Trump said, referring to his new health care plan. “I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do.” In Australia, citizens are guaranteed universal health care system, known as Medicare, which gives citizens free access to doctors and public hospitals paid for by the government. Australian residents can see doctors and optometrists, and may undergo minor surgeries, usually free of charge. The partial cost of prescriptions are also covered under the separate program for medicine.

4. Hillary Clinton has not announced that she is running for any political office but she is ready to jump into the resistance of President Trump’s policies. The former secretary of state is creating a new political group to be called, “Onward Together,” which will focus on sending money to other organizations at a time that Democratic donors are largely unsure about how they should be spending their cash.

5. Friday, North Korea issued a report that states that the United States and South Korea have made attempts on the life of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a “bio-chemical substance.” Without any type of evidence, North Korea states that a “hideous terrorist group” conspired with the CIA and South Korea’s Intelligence Service (IS) to mount the attack. According to the report, there was a citizen from North Korea who worked on the plot to use “biochemical substances including radioactive substance and Nano poisonous substance” to target Kim Jong Un.

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