FROM Jon B. Hurst
ObamaCare, RomneyCare and Presidential Politics The US Supreme Court will make a decision on healthcare reform before the next presidential election, but Republicans plan to use it against President Obama whatever the Court decides in the meantime. The federal reforms Republicans call "ObamaCare" are similar to the plan adopted when Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts — and that could cost him his party's nomination. Neither plan originated with liberal Democrats. In fact, they're based on the ideas of conservatives, who want to retain private insurance. But after five years, how is the Massachusetts plan working? What about cost, outcomes and access to quality care?
ObamaCare, RomneyCare and Presidential Politics The main provisions of federal healthcare reform won't go into effect until 2014, but Republicans plan to use it against President Obama in next year's re-election campaign. GOP front-runner Mitt Romney signed off on a similar plan when he was Governor of Massachusetts, and that could cost him his party's nomination. Neither plan originated with liberal Democrats. In fact, they're based on the ideas of conservatives, who want to retain private insurance. We look at how Romney's plan has developed over the past five years. What about cost, outcomes and access to quality care?
Trump reversing Obama's climate change legacy President Trump has vowed, in his words, to "turn the EPA from a job-killer into a job-creator," and today, he's announcing his order for "energy independence." We look at the prospects for putting his promises into effect by ripping up the Obama legacy on climate change.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Is America turning its back on the world? President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?