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Travel ban signed; health bill revealed

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (Photo by Michael Vadon).

A new executive order on travel into the United States from six majority Muslim nations was signed by President Donald Trump on Monday. The new order excludes Iraq from the previous action. It will go into effect in two weeks and will apply only to those not already on their way to America and those seeking new visas. It completely halts the U.S refugee program for 120 days.

Enforcement of Trump’s original order of Jan. 27 was stopped by a federal appeals court. Critics of the new action, including the American Civil Liberties Union, promised to fight this version in court. The nations affected by the ban are Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.

Also on Monday, a draft bill aiming to replace the Affordable Care Act – commonly know as Obamacare – was unveiled by Republicans in the House of Representatives.

The proposed new law would eliminate the mandate for people to have health insurance and replace it with tax incentives to buy health care on the open market. It keeps the requirement that people with pre-existing conditions can’t be denied coverage, but put a cap on Medicaid expansion in 2020.

It’s not known how many people would be covered under the new proposal. “Obamacare” provided insurance for over 20 million Americans.


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