Republicans have rolled out their long-awaited bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act
, and there is a LOT to unpack. The American Health Care Act would eliminate the individual mandate, which requires most everyone to have health insurance or pay a penalty. It would also make changes to things like Medicaid and health savings accounts. People who seem likely to benefit from the new plan
are young people, healthy people and the country's highest earners. Older people, those with pre-existing conditions and lower-income Americans may not like it so much.
In case the health care bill wasn't enough excitement, President Trump also signed a new executive order on immigration
, effectively replacing his hugely controversial travel ban with ... another travel ban. This one does not include Iraq
, and also exempts people from the remaining six countries who have valid US visas or permanent resident status. Even though this order is more lenient than the previous one, critics are still calling it discriminatory
because it again targets Muslim-majority countries.
On a related note, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly told CNN
the department is considering separating children from their parents at the border. He said the plan would help combat child exploitation, since currently adults found crossing the border with children are typically allowed to stay in the US.
3. North Korea
It's a mess. Follow this: Three North Korean nationals wanted for questioning in the murder of Kim Jong Un's half brother Kim Jong Nam are said to be hiding out in the North Korean embassy in Malaysia. In response, North Korea barred all Malaysian citizens from leaving the country
. Malaysia said the move means North Korea is basically holding Malaysians hostage, so its leaders in turn barred North Koreans from leaving THEIR country until the Malaysians in North Korea are guaranteed safety.
Oh, and North Korea is waving its missiles around. So, the US has sent a missile defense system to South Korea
. President Trump also talked to the leaders of Japan and South Korea
about North Korea's latest actions.
Bad times ahead for employees of General Motors and ESPN. GM has announced it's cutting 1,100 jobs in Michigan
. That's the fourth round of layoffs the company's had since November. ESPN also announced layoffs
, but these are way different: The sports giant says the cuts will affect "talent," a.k.a. people who appear on TV, radio and online. The move will apparently help trim millions of dollars from the channel's budget.
Good-bye, Robert E. Lee. A statue of the Confederate general, along with monuments to two of his comrades, will finally be removed from prominent places around New Orleans
. A federal appeals court rejected requests by historical groups to keep them up. Supporters wanted to add plaques to explain the statues "in the context of their time."
The City Council two years ago voted to remove them after the mayor, moved by the church slayings in Charleston, South Carolina
, pushed the effort.
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Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies host, has died
On the bright side, there's going to be a mini-sequel to 'Love Actually' (!!!)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less..."
Dr. Ben Carson, offering an alternative perspective on slavery
, during an address to employees at the Department of Housing and Urban Development
AND FINALLY ...
And possibly piano-playing goals. This impromptu recital in the Mayo Clinic atrium will get you going. (Click to view