President Donald Trump has made it explicit: He is taking Obamacare hostage to try to force Democrats to work with him on health care reform.
The president has a real basis for the threat. A lawsuit working its way through the courts right now threatens crucial subsidies that help lower costs for millions of people who bought their insurance through Obamacare. Those subsidies are known as cost-sharing reductions. The Obama administration had been defending the subsidies,...Read more
If Tom Ward had to die from his work, he’d rather fall off a scaffold than endure the slow death his father did from the debilitating lung disease silicosis. “I would choose to go much quicker,” he said, “rather than to have my family watch me suffer.” Ward fears that other workers will face the same suffocating illness as his father, thanks to the regulatory rollback underway by the Trump administration.
Ward’s father spent several years working...Read more
The husband of an Indiana woman who voted for Donald Trump and supported his hardline immigration policies has been deported back to Mexico, according to CNN.
Roberto Beristain, now 43, entered the U.S. in 1998 to visit his aunt, but ended up staying after he met his U.S.-born wife, Helen Beristain.
The couple married and lived happily in the U.S. together until a trip to Niagara Falls in 2000, when Beristain and his wife were both detained by...Read more
A group of black and Latino fourth graders from Pleasant Run Elementary in Indianapolis won a regional robotics challenge — and were in turn taunted by lesser-ranked competitors and their parents with cries of "go back to Mexico!" The five-person Pleasant Run PantherBots, three of whom are Latino and two of whom were black, became the target of the racist bullying at both a school auditorium and parking lot at the Plainfield, Indiana, competition, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is skeptical that Mexico will pay for the wall President Donald Trump promised to build along the U.S. border.
When Politico Playbook asked McConnell if he thought that Mexico would pay for the wall, he replied, “Uh, no.”
Having Mexico foot the bill became a rallying cry at Trump’s campaign events last year.
“And who’s going to pay for it?” he would ask. “Mexico!” the crowd would shriek in reply.
Yet it became clear just days...Read more
The father of an American soldier killed in Iraq who came under criticism last year from then-candidate Donald Trump said he has canceled a speaking engagement in Toronto after being notified that his U.S. travel privileges were under review.
Khizr Khan, an American citizen born in Pakistan, had planned to speak at a luncheon in Toronto on Tuesday in a discussion about President Trump's administration, according to Ramsay Talks, a speaker series based in Toronto hosted...Read more
White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to assure Americans on Sunday that anyone currently covered under the Affordable Care Act would not lose their coverage under President Donald Trump’s health care plan. Sanders repeatedly dodged the question on ABC’s “This Week,” saying Trump had promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it “with something that’s better.”
Host George Stephanopoulos pressed Sanders on why, if Trump was so intent on replacing the law with something better,...Read more
Belsy Garcia Manrique (left) and Cesar Montelongo are classmates at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Having entered the U.S. as children of undocumented immigrants, they worked hard and long toward their dream of a medical career, but now fear deportation under President Trump.
The past few years have been an emotional roller coaster for Belsy Garcia Manrique.
The 26-year-old undocumented immigrant from Guatemala studied biology, chemistry and math at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia,...Read more