Apr 02 2019
When Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives with a net gain of 40 seats in the 2018 midterms, it became obvious that Republicans in Congress would not have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare, in 2019 or 2020. Critics have called association health plans "junk insurance" that provide skimpy coverage.
The GOP turmoil over health care has come as a boon to Democrats, who are looking to change the subject from special counsel Robert Mueller's conclusion that the Trump campaign did not conspire with the Russian government to sway the 2016 election.
A federal judge in Texas ruled in December that the entire law was unconstitutional due to its insurance mandate, since Congress and the president already reduced the penalty for failure to get insurance to zero. Under the administration's rule, they would in effect be counted as having 51 employees. "Who knew health care could be so complicated?".
Under the rule, businesses and individuals can team up to create group health plans that offer less expensive coverage without complying with numerous requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
But Trump has been obstinate in the face of those political warning signs, instead concerned that repealing and replacing Obamacare remains the one signature 2016 campaign promise he has yet to make good on.
House vote to stop Trump's border wall plan likely to fail
Republicans said Trump was merely exercising his legal authority to declare emergencies and said Democrats were going too far. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks to the press at Port of Entry #2 after touring the Texas-Mexico border, February 22, 2019.
Cesar Sayoc: US mail bombs suspect pleads guilty
Prosecutors said the evidence against Sayoc included DNA that linked him to 10 of the devices and fingerprints on two of them. Sayoc faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced on September 12.
Brexit: Petition to revoke Article 50 hits one million signatures
EU Council president and summit host Donald Tusk said the decision had been unanimous and that he was now presenting it to May. Corbyn was asked if he would consider revoking Article 50 and he did not rule it out.
U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled previous year that Obamacare is no longer constitutional because the tax reform - as enacted by Republicans -eliminated the health care law's penalty for not having health insurance.
New York, 10 other states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit challenging the Association Health Plan rule. All sides expect the case to go to the Supreme Court, which has twice before upheld the ACA.
U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote in his opinion late Thursday that so-called "association health plans" were "clearly an end-run" around consumer protections required by the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. He found that administration officials failed to account for coverage losses and other potential harm, and sent the Health and Human Services Department back to the drawing board.
The administration said it disagrees but hasn't formally announced an appeal. But in 2015, Romney finally claimed ownership of helping create the state law that laid the foundations for the Affordable Care Act.
"The administration will continue to fight for sole proprietors and small businesses so that they can have the freedom to band together to obtain more affordable, quality healthcare coverage", a Justice Department spokesman said.
Apr 01 2019
NBA star Kristaps Porzingis reportedly accused of rape in New York
The Post reports that she brought the claims to the NYPD this past Thursday, which consider her claims credible and "believable". The newspaper said the woman told police that after she entered the 7-foot-3-inch player's home he held her down and raped her.
Mar 31 2019
Tyronn Lue’s name most frequently cited as Lakers coach Luke Walton’s replacement
Cris Carter agreed with his co-host, going as far to say that Kidd's next job won't be in the National Basketball Association . Expectations were high when Luke Walton took over as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers .
Mar 31 2019
Florida Rep. Darren Soto files bill to make Puerto Rico a state
Darren Soto from Florida will present the bill that would automatically make the island part of the union if enacted. "We have seen time and time again that colonial status is simply not working", Soto said.
Mar 31 2019
Alonso: Bahrain test doesn't mean F1 return
McLaren want Alonso's views on how much their vehicle has changed since previous year , one of the worst in their history. If something happened and a great opportunity arrives, I probably will consider [it].
Mar 30 2019
Anti-stall system active before Ethiopian 737 MAX crash
Investigators believe it was the same system that led to a Lion Air flight to crash in Indonesia less than five months earlier. After the software update is approved, it would take about a day to deploy and an hour to upgrade each aircraft.
Mar 28 2019
Chicago Police running internal probe of leaks in Jussie Smollett investigation
And in semi-related news, "dozens" of workers were fried from a Chicago hospital after accessing Smollett's records were leaked . She said she never accessed the actor's chart, but simply scrolled past it when looking for another patient's name.
Mar 25 2019
$625 million dollar Powerball numbers to be picked Saturday night
The winning numbers for tonight were 24 - 25 -52 - 60 -66 and a red Powerball of 5. The Powerball jackpot was last hit in NY in the December 26 drawing.
Mar 24 2019
Smoking cannabis daily triples the risk of developing serious mental illness
The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry , looked at 901 people ages 18 to 64 who were first diagnosed with psychosis between 2010 and 2015.
Mar 23 2019
Special counsel Robert Mueller completes investigation
I think the public has the right to know, especially given all the time, money, and drama associated with Mueller's investigation. The prospect of no further indictments could present a massive boon to President Trump and many of those surrounding him.
Mar 22 2019
Trump says public should see 'ridiculous' Mueller report
There has been increasing speculation that Mueller has almost completed his investigation. Rosenstein appointed Mueller , a former FBI director, to conduct the investigation.
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