Trending News Today: State Legislators Prepare to Fight ACA Repeal

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Gov Jerry Brown (D-CA) recently vowed to protect the state’s residents from the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Brown plans to fight alongside other governors and senators to continue the gains in health insurance achieved under the ACA, according to California Healthline. Through the ACA, 5 million individuals from California obtained health insurance through marketplaces and Medicaid expansion, which would be in jeopardy if the health law is repealed.

During an annual policy retreat in Philadelphia, Congressional Republicans outlined ambitious goals for the first 200 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. The lawmakers plan to repeal the ACA by the end of March, and rewrite the tax code by August, The New York Times reported. Increasing the borrowing limit, writing an infrastructure package, and increasing funds for defense and border issues were also discussed.

President Donald Trump failed to consult with federal lawyers and lawmakers prior to creating multiple executive orders, according to Politico. Without consulting these individuals, Trump may have created orders that are unenforceable or illegal. Specifically, the administration did not consult with the State Department to review the order regarding the Keystone XL pipeline, which has caused great controversy.