FROM Genevieve Kenney
States Still Divided on Obamacare "Obamacare," the Affordable Care Act , is the biggest expansion of America's social safety net since 1965. It still faces challenges, but the President's re-election means that repeal is less likely than ever. Meantime, the first of many deadlines for implementation comes the day after tomorrow. That's when states have to decide if they'll create so-called "exchanges," new marketplaces where uninsured Americans can buy subsidized coverage. How deeply rooted is the continued opposition? What are the prospects for affordable coverage for 30 million uninsured Americans?
Obamacare: the Battle Continues Mitt Romney would try to repeal the Affordable Care Act , the biggest expansion of America's social safety net since 1965. But the President's re-election means that repeal of "Obamacare" is less likely than ever, and states have until this Friday to decide if they'll set up "exchanges" where 30 million Americans can buy subsidized health insurance. About one third of the states have already have said, "No," meaning the federal government will step in. Meantime, crowds of special interests are demanding change. What about the impact on Medicare and Medicaid and the rising cost of medical treatments?
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
100 days of executive action: Accomplishment or posturing? President Trump's first 100 days have featured a flood of high-profile executive orders. Which ones do what he says they do, and which ones don't? How are Trump voters feeling now?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.