Photo: Congressman Bernie Sanders addresses a healthcare rally, January 15, 2017
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Brexit really means Brexit. That was made clear today by British Prime Minister Theresa May in a speech to European Union ambassadors in London — with the emphasis on slowing the rate of immigration. "The message from the public before and during the referendum was clear: Brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to Britain from Europe, and that’s what we will deliver."
Jeremy Cliffe, a columnist for The Economist, based in Berlin, says the move could come at the cost of some prosperity.
In the past six years, the Republican Congress has repealed the Affordable Care Act many times, but President Obama would never sign it. Now, with their own President about to take over the White House, Republicans have begun the process all over again. But having the power doesn't mean they can do it, especially when Donald Trump seems to want universal healthcare — at government expense. Customers give Obamacare mixed reviews, while experts warn that continued uncertainty may drive insurance companies out of the market. We hear about the need for mandates and coverage for pre-existing conditions, as the GOP pushes for health savings accounts and other alternatives.
Trump's 'insurance for everyone,' Obamacare replacement plan
CBO on how repealing portions of the ACA would affect health insurance coverage, premiums
Harvard analysis of Obamacare, rising worries over cost
Rovner on CBO, Joint Committee on Taxation analysis of GOP healthcare plan
Ginsburg on importance of retaining ACA provision of employer-sponsored healthcare plans
Cannon on how Trump could fix our healthcare system while cutting taxes
Georgia's Republican Congressman Tom Price will face a Senate Committee tomorrow as Donald Trump's nominee as Secretary Health and Human Services. But he's already facing charges that he may have engaged in a pattern of ethical violations — or even broken the law. Sam Frizell, political reporter for Time magazine, explains.
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Restoring public confidence in our institutions Are President Trump and allies in Congress eroding public trust in democratic government? Even a former Republican governor warns that attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller have gone too far. A constitutional scholar and a former FBI agent see real threats to both federal law enforcement and national security.
Has the ‘Year of the Woman’ finally arrived? Women’s Rights are still not guaranteed by the Constitution, despite generations of effort. Will #MeToo, #TimesUp and backlash against President Trump make this a year of liberation? More women are running for office than ever before. And black women are especially energized. We’ll hear how times may be changing for women--in culture and at the ballot box.
The shutdown highlights a broken system “To the Point” goes beyond the current blame game and explains the political calculations behind government shutdowns. You need to know, because the next one may be just weeks away. You’ll get the history of a self-defeating strategy the mainstream media don’t have time to tell you. On our Talking Point: the continuing Trump Campaign wears out the best of reporters.
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