News organizations are split on this afternoon’s news. In the last 24 hours, Donald Trump announced he would end the federal subsidies that keep the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces afloat, then followed that up today by announcing he will not certify the Iran deal. Both decisions lack sound rationale and a vision for what comes next.
Starting with the ACA – The New York Times heads into the weekend with the headline story, “Trump to Scrap Subsidies Seen as Essential to Obamacare”
The lede: President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His plans were disclosed hours after the president ordered potentially sweeping changes in the nation’s insurance system, including sales of cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers.
Other news sites headlining healthcare:
The Washington Post: “Throwing a bomb into the insurance markets, Trump now owns the busted health-care system”
Yahoo News: “Dems. condemn Trump’s ‘spiteful act’”
The other major headline is Trump’s decision do away with the so-far successful Iran deal. Let’s start with USA Today, “Iran president: Tehran will abide by nuclear deal for now, says U.S. ‘isolated’”
The lede: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Friday that Iran will “stick to” the international nuclear weapons agreement as written and that President Trump’s efforts to scuttle it leave the United States “more isolated than ever.”
Trump said on Friday that he would not re-certify the two-year-old agreement to Congress because Iran is allegedly not living up to the spirit of the deal and has committed “multiple violations.” Trump says that if Congress can’t come up with new legislation, he will terminate the Obama-era pact.
Other news sites headlining the Iran deal:
The Wallstreet Journal: “Trump Vows to End Iran Deal Himself if Congress Won’t Act”
MSNBC: “Trump threatens to cancel Iran Nuclear Deal” (Link to NBC story)
And Iran is the top trending story on Google: “Trump makes his move on Iran nuke deal” (Link to The Hill)
Other news headlines include the following:
Fox News is out in left field, choosing to bypass Iran and the ACA with the headline story: “Greedy North Korean dictator builds opulent palace as his people starve, face nuclear war”
HuffPost is going with the Representative who encouraged his mistress to have an abortion while promoting anti-abortion legislation: “CAPITOL HELL: INSIDE TIM MURPHY’S TOXIC OFFICE”
CBS News is piecing together the Las Vegas timeline: “Las Vegas police again change timeline of mass shooting”
Drudge Report: “CONSUMER SENTIMENT HITS 13-YEAR HIGH” (Link to Bloomberg)
Take a few minutes this weekend to take action in some way. The solutions to this week’s problems are going to need to come from the people.