Top News Stories for Today – Aug 11, 2017
Healthcare uncertainty could lead to higher costs
Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act may be dead for now, but the fight over health care is far from over, and the uncertainty could lead to higher insurance costs in Florida and across the country.
The Trump administration “has been very clear: They want to see Obamacare implode,” said Mark Pafford, former Democratic state House member and a board member of Florida Chain, a health-care access advocacy group. “So can they do that? Absolutely. They can defund it; they can destabilize it.” Trump has already killed funding for groups in Orlando and other cities that have helped people sign up on the exchanges. Supporters of the law think it’s already having an effect on the insurance market. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation also asked insurers to submit contingency rates based on the potential elimination of subsidies by the Trump administration. A Kaiser estimate from April projected a 25 percent increase in premiums if the subsidies were eliminated. Orlando Sentinel
Unarmed Russian air force jet over DC
An unarmed Russian Air Force aircraft overflew the US Capitol, the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency and Joint Base Andrews at low altitude on Wednesday as part of a longstanding treaty that allows the militaries of the US and Russia to observe the other from the air, according to two people familiar with the flight.The flight was part of the Treaty on Open Skies, which allows military aircraft from the United States and Russia and other nations to fly aerial observation flights to observe military sites of the 34 signatory nations.
The Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 on Wednesday afternoon passed at around 3,700 feet over downtown Washington and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Air Force One is based, according to tracking website Flightradar24. A law enforcement source told CNN that the plane also overflew Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains, the Trump National Golf Course in Virginia, and Mount Weather, one of the US government’s secret relocation bunkers. US Air Force personnel were on the flight and the aircraft is capable of a variety of intelligence gathering, one of the people said. CNN
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