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Q&A on GOP Health Care Bill

Jul 11, 2017
NPR

This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay. Governor John Kasich has expressed concern about how this bill would affect Ohioans, particularly low-income residents and people who depend on Medicaid for their health care.  The Kasich administration has estimated as many as 500,000 Ohioans could lose their healthcare under the bill.  Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

U.S. Capitol
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Wednesday was another big day of testimony before two Congressional committees investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 Presidential election. Notably, former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (under President Obama) appeared before the House Intelligence Committee. Members of Congress quizzed Johnson on the details of widespread Russian cyber-attacks that targeted U.S. elections systems last year, and so-called "active measures," a Russian information warfare strategy which includes spreading falsehoods. 

U.S. Capitol
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open hearing on Tuesday. Senators asked about his recusal from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and what if anything he knew about President Trump reportedly asking former FBI Director James Comey to ease off the inquiry into onetime national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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Inauguration 17
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President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9:00 PM Eastern Time. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

Inauguration 17
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On Friday, January 20th, Donald Trump will be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States.  NPR hosts Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish will co-host special inauguration coverage from the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, DC, overlooking the presidential platform, from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

The program will feature the swearing in of the President and Vice President, speeches, newsmaker interviews, live reports from around the Capitol and the National Mall, and analysis from NPR’s Political Team.

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On Friday, January 20th, Donald Trump will be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States.  NPR hosts Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish will co-host special inauguration coverage from the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, DC, overlooking the presidential platform, from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

Donald Trump campaigns in Columbus
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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 am ET/8am PT on Wednesday. We will be fact-checking and providing background to his remarks in real-time. We will be paying special attention to any comments about conflicts of interest, health care and national security.

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President Barack Obama speaks about affordable health care at an event in 2013 with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Despite controversy and a bumpy rollout, the president's signature bill enrolled more people than it had originally aimed for.
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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 9 pm ET. The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.

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