It’s been a rocky few months for the health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.
Even if you’re not one of the roughly 11 million Americans who rely on these online markets to get your health insurance, you’ve probably seen the headlines about rising premiums and insurance companies pulling out of the system.
Last week, national insurance giant Humana announced it would stop selling plans on the marketplace. Aetna’s chief executive claimed the marketplaces are in a “death spiral.” Republicans say the marketplaces are Exhibit A that Obamacare is collapsing.
The Trump administration wants to overhaul the tax code by August, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday, laying out an aggressive timetable in his first significant public comments since taking office last week.
“Our economic agenda, the No. 1 issue is growth, and the first most important thing that will impact growth is a tax plan,” Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC.
“So we are committed to pass tax reform,” he said. “We want to get this done by the August recess.”
They came by the hundreds, in big cities and rural hamlets, to heckle, plead, badger and, in some instances, to protest the protests themselves.
Congress is in recess this week, and a citizenry suddenly spurred to action used the opportunity to let their returning lawmakers know just how they feel about the tempestuous last month in Washington.
“Winners make policy and losers go home,” a taunting Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, told an invitation-only gathering in his home state of Kentucky, as about 1,000 protesters gathered outside.
The Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era directive Wednesday aimed at protecting transgender students’ rights, questioning its legal grounding.
Under the guidelines, schools had been required to treat transgender students according to their stated gender identity, and either allow access to restrooms and locker rooms for the gender they identify with or provide private facilities if requested. The Obama administration had said that students’ gender identities were protected under Title IX requirements, which prohibit federally funded schools from discriminating on the basis of sex.
But officials in the Education and Justice departments said that their predecessors failed to make their case, citing “significant litigation” spurred by the policy.
Mexico will reject any “unilateral” effort from the United States to impose immigration or other policies on the Mexican government, the country’s foreign secretary said Wednesday.
“I want to make clear, in the most emphatic way, that the government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept measures that, in a unilateral way, one government wants to impose on another,” Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray said in public comments. “That we are not going to accept.”
He spoke a day after the Trump administration unveiled tough new measures to enforce immigration laws and deport people who are in the country illegally — proposals that were widely portrayed in the Mexican media as a prelude to massive deportations.
The eyes of men in crisp blazers darted toward passing faces and identification badges, looking for a familiar face, a famous name. As Fox News host Sean Hannity prepared to broadcast a live show from a ballroom, a brief chant burst out from the audience: "U-S-A! U-S-A!"
It's that time of year again: Hundreds of Republicans began arriving Wednesday at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md., just south of Washington, for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. CPAC, as it's best known, is a place for conservative political figures and activists to gather, schmooze, hammer out new ideas and audition for starring roles in the Republican Party.
And this year, CPAC attendees have a lot to talk about. Their party is in control of Congress, the White House and dozens of state governments across America, and yet not at all at peace with itself.
"Speaking just yesterday, President Trump called this a horrible and painful act. And so it was. That along with other recent threats to the Jewish community centers around the country," said Pence, who was visiting the headquarters of the Fabick Cat machinery company. "He declared it all a sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil. We condemn this vile act of vandalism and those who perpetuate it in the strongest possible terms."
The vice president said it was "inspiring" how the "people of Missouri have rallied around the Jewish community with compassion and support."
For President Trump, commenting on social issues — such as same-sex marriage and abortion — has never seemed much of a priority.
Indeed, throughout the campaign, Trump hardly discussed the topics.
When asked about transgender bathroom access at a town hall in April 2016, Trump said people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose. He then moved on from the question, offering little else.
Now it appears his administration is set to wade into the controversy.
It's a topic the conservative media loves to explore.
Here are some of today’s headlines:
Return to normalcy: Trump readies reversal of transgender bathroom lunacy in public schools (Daily Caller)
What will the Trump administration do about transgender bathroom access?
The Caller highlights White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s pronouncement on the issue: “This is a states rights issue and not one for the federal government,” Spicer told reporters.
The ‘lunacy’ referred to is the federal guidance President Obama issued prior to leaving office directing schools that receive federal funding to allow transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identities.
Several states filed suit to overturn the directive, and a federal judge issued a temporary injunction barring its enforcement, which remains in place.