Aetna, the third-largest insurance company in the United States, will be leaving participation in the Affordable Care Act – commonly known as Obamacare – in 11 of the 15 states in which it now provides health insurance. The company cited losses for its withdrawal from the market in those states. Those currently with Aetna will have to switch to another ACA insurer in their state, or go to a private insurer not involved with the program. Obamacare participants get a tax credit that helps offset their premium costs; those with no health insurance face a tax penalty.
FBI GIVES HILLARY E-MAIL INQUIRY PAPERS TO CONGRESS
On Tuesday, the FBI released to a Congressional committee documents from its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server when she was serving as secretary of state, according to The New York Times. Included are notes from the FBI’s lengthy interview with Clinton covering her electronic correspondence. While FBI Director James Comey did not recommend criminal charges against her, he called the use of a private serve and e-mail address “extremely careless.”
PENNSYLVANIA ATTY. GENERAL TO RESIGN
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will resign her post , she announced Tuesday, after being found guilty of nine criminal charges, including two felony perjury counts. According to the Washington Post, she said “I have been honored to served the people of Pennsylvania and I wish them health and safety in all their days.” Kane was convicted for lying to a grand jury about her efforts to leak damaging information about a political rival to the news media. Kane, 50, faces up ti seven years in prison.
USA LENGTHENS LEAD IN MEDAL COUNT
The American Olympic team continued to pile up the medals on Tuesday and is now far ahead of other nations at this 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro. As of Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. had 83 medals, 28 of them gold. In second place is Great Britain with 50 (19 gold), followed by China with 50 (17), Russia with 38 (12) and Germany with 26 (11).
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