Essential Health Benefits

What you heard: Paul Ryan et al. tried to get the Freedom Caucus on board with the AHCA by eliminating Essential Health Benefits. What it is: Paul Ryan (R-WI) is currently the Speaker of the House; he’s served in Congress since 1999 as a member of Wisconsin’s delegation (unfortunate home-state shout-out to you, Wisco). You…

Republican healthcare hypocrisy

Some of the things you’re hearing now sound a bit different than what you’ve heard for the past eight years. On how long the bill is in Congress Then: The ACA was “written in the dark of night and rushed through Congress.” – House Ways and Means Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) Democrats started holding hearings…

Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch

What you heard: President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, which has had a vacancy for nearly a year. What it is: Judge Neil Gorsuch currently sits on the 10th Circuit US Court of Appeals. He’s highly educated (Columbia, Harvard Law, Oxford), clerked for a few Supremes (White, Kennedy) a few decades ago, and…

the Mexico City Policy

What you heard: President Trump signed an executive order reinstating the Mexico City Policy. What it is: Read all about executive orders here. The Mexico City Policy (also known as the Global Gag Rule, which is a far more horrifying and also far more accurate term, so I’ll be using it moving forward) was introduced…

Gutting the individual mandate

What you heard: President Trump signed an executive order that could gut the individual mandate. What it is: An executive order stems from the “grant of executive power” given to a president by the Constitution. Presidents use it to bypass Congress, which can’t overturn an e-order but CAN pass a law to cut federal funding for implementation. BUT,…