Top News Stories for Today – July 27, 2017
CBO:16 million could lose insurance under GOP bill
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that if the Senate Republicans’ “skinny repeal” bill passes, getting rid of ObamaCare’s individual and employer mandates, it could result in 16 million Americans losing their health insurance.
It’s not entirely clear yet what is in the “skinny bill,” as it won’t be released until after a voting session that is expected to start Thursday, but a senior Democratic aide told The Hill the CBO said if the bill includes defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing the Community Health Center Fund and Prevention and Public Health Fund, premiums would increase by around 20 percent every year than under the current law. Senate Democrats released the CBO’s estimate on Wednesday evening, after the Senate rejected in a vote of 45-55 a proposal to repeal ObamaCare without immediately replacing it. The Hill, The Week
Foxconn to build $10 billion plant in Wisconsin
Foxconn, the giant Taiwanese electronics manufacturer and a major supplier to Apple for iPhones, will open a 20-million square foot plant in Wisconsin, the company announced Wednesday. Over four years, the company will invest $10 billion to build the plant, which could employ up to 13,000 people and will make LCD display panel screens.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said the state will award $3 billion in incentives for the project, with the package needing approval from state legislature. During a ceremony at the White House with Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou, President Trump took credit for the plant, saying, “If I didn’t get elected, he definitely wouldn’t be spending $10 billion…this is a great day for America.” Reuters
Trump to ban transgender from military service
President Trump on Wednesday said he would ban transgender people from any military service. Trump made the announcement, which would represent a major shift in military policy, on Twitter. He said he had made the decision after consulting with “my generals and military experts.”
Trump made the surprise announcement with Defense Secretary James Mattis on vacation, stoking speculation about the Pentagon’s level of involvement in Trump’s decision. It wasn’t immediately clear what Trump’s announcement would mean for the approximately 250 transgender people now serving openly in the U.S. military. A Pentagon spokesman referred all questions about Trump’s statements to the White House. The Hill
Half of Trump voters falsely believe he won the popular vote
Half of those who voted for President Trump in the 2016 election falsely believe he won the nation’s popular vote, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday reveals. Among all voters, 59 percent correctly say Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but only 40 percent of Trump voters agree. Clinton received 2.8 million more votes than Trump, who claims without evidence that 3 to 5 million votes for Clinton were fraudulent. Trump voters are not the only ones to be conveniently misinformed, however. Nearly a quarter of Clinton voters — 22 percent — say she won the Electoral College vote. In reality, Trump won with 304 electoral votes to Clinton’s 227; that is why he is president. Politico, The Week
Republicans rally around Sessions after Trump criticism
Republican lawmakers have rallied to urge President Trump against firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an option Trump has repeatedly indicated he is considering. Sessions’ most eager defender may be Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who called Sessions “one of the most decent people I’ve ever met in my political life” and labeled Trump’s tweets about him “highly inappropriate.” Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Luther Strange (R-Ala.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) all stated their support for Sessions’ character, as did former lawmaker Newt Gingrich.
Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted his comments Wednesday morning, calling Sessions loyal, kind, and honest. Trump, meanwhile, launched a new attack on Sessions on Twitter Wednesday, asking why he did not fire acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe over his connections to Hillary Clinton. Politico, Business Insider
Senate to tackle ObamaCare repeal-only bill
On Tuesday, the Senate narrowly agreed to open debate on a bill to at least repeal much of the Affordable Care Act, and Tuesday night, nine Republicans and 48 Democrats rejected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. On Wednesday, the Senate is expected to vote on a measure to repeal ObamaCare without a replacement plan, which is widely expected to fail, too.
If so, the last plausible option for Senate Republicans is to pass what’s being called “skinny repeal,” scrapping ObamaCare’s personal and employee mandates and a medical device tax, but leaving everything else in place. Such a measure, the presumptive consensus point for Republicans, would be likely be used as a vehicle to put together a more comprehensive repeal plan in a House-Senate conference committee. Politico, Axios, The Week
Djokovic will not play again in 2017
Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will not play again in 2017 because of an elbow injury. Former world number one Djokovic, 30, retired injured during his Wimbledon quarter-final match against Tomas Berdych on 12 July. He claimed to have been suffering from an elbow problem for 18 months.
“Professionally this is not an easy decision for me, but I’m trying to look at the positive side,” said the Serb, who is the world number four. BBC
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