Republican Health Care Replacement Bill Passes House

Republican Health Care Replacement Bill Passes House

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Government, Health | No Comments

For the past seven years, House Republicans have been struggling to repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as the ACA or “Obamacare.” After many failed attempts, they finally succeeded on Thursday when they narrowly passed a bill that will repeal and replace large chunks of the ACA. What Does the New Plan Look Like? […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Current Events | No Comments

You Decide! Is the 100 Days Metric Useful? For decades, it has become tradition to measure a new president’s effectiveness at governing by his or her first 100 days in office. This practice began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who, during his first 100 days, managed to sign 76 bills into law, declare (and then […]

Health Care Replacement–Take Two

Health Care Replacement–Take Two

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Current Events | No Comments

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story takes a look at congressional Republicans newest effort to replace the Affordable Care Act with their own national health care reform package. But their first effort–The American Health Care Act–didn’t go so well. What is different this time? April 29th marks an important day […]

New Health Care Plan Scrapped

New Health Care Plan Scrapped

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

Two weeks ago, btw reported on the new health care plan proposed by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Congressional Republicans, called the American Health Care Plan (AHCA). The AHCA was introduced as a replacement for the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act (the ACA or “Obamacare”). However, last Friday, the legislation was killed before […]

Republicans Reveal New Healthcare Plan

Republicans Reveal New Healthcare Plan

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Health | No Comments

On March 6, House Republicans released their replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. Like the ACA, the new plan–known as the American Health Care Act–is a way for the federal government to help people afford the high cost of health insurance. But in many other important ways, the new plan is radically different. So […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Maker of EpiPen Faces Harsh Criticism Millions of Americans suffer from severe food allergies, many of them children. To combat a reaction that could lead to anaphylactic shock, many carrying an EpiPen. This is an “auto-injector” filled with the hormone epinephrine. While epinephrine itself is not considered an expensive drug, the single dose of a […]

New Problems for “Obamacare”

New Problems for “Obamacare”

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Current Events | No Comments

Revisiting Obamacare The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as “Obamacare,” has been a contentious issue ever since President Obama made healthcare reform a major part of his campaign in the 2008 general election. Despite being signed into law in 2010, Congressional Republicans  have made several attempts since then to “defund” it. […]

Obamacare: Two Years In

Obamacare: Two Years In

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Government, Top Stories | No Comments

You have heard it called “Obamacare.” Ever since its official passage, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often shortened to the Affordable Care Act, or ACA), has had staunch supporters and harsh critics. The ACA’s supporters call the law a success because more Americans are insured than ever before. Opponents call it a failure because of high […]

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Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Ferguson: One Year Later August 9 marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis). The incident sparked a riot in that city that lasted several days and flared race relations across the United States. To mark the […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Be My Gaekkebreve? Valentine’s Day Around the World As Americans load up on chocolate or flowers and head out for nice dinners this weekend, people all over the world will celebrate their Valentine’s Days in other unique ways. Japan The Japanese turn the tables on traditional gender roles. Women in Japan spend this day lavishing […]