We’re all about objective fact here at The Big Smoke, so each week we’ll bring you TrumpFact: a simple measure of the good and ill the man creates. We won’t judge. That’s your job.
How did Trump do this week? No opinion, just fact.
Fact one: Donald Trump signs two bills that will focus on women and their work in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math fields.
Bill 1 was the H.R 225 – the Promoting women in Entrepreneurship act – with the aim to authorise the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurial programs for women. Bill 2 was H.R 321 – the INSPIRE Women Act – the act to direct NASA to encourage women and girls to study technology, science, engineering and maths and to pursue careers in aerospace.
Trump said: “We need policies that help support women in the workforce, and that’s going to be addressed by my administration over the years. We want American women who graduate from college with STEM degrees to be able to get STEM jobs that can support their families and help these American women to live out the American Dream, which they are so qualified to live out.”
Fact two: Donald Trump starts to overhaul America’s healthcare system, following on from his campaign promise to dismantle Obamacare.
You can read the entire bill here. The key highlights include Medicaid reductions and smaller tax credits, and experts are warning it will leave millions of lower-income Americans uninsured. Younger Americans could possibly see their annual premiums go down, with those under 30 getting a refundable tax credit while older Americans will see premiums rise by around 22%. The bill, however, does not change the Obamacare provision that limits how much enrolees have to pay out of pocket. As of 2017, the maximum is $7,150US.
Trump said: “Obamacare is collapsing, and it’s bad shape, and we’re going to start acting. There’s going to be no slowing down, and there’s not going to be any more excuses for anybody.”
Fact three: Trump signs new travel ban, Hawaii sues.
With Trump’s new executive order temporarily banning the entry of refugees (for 90 days) from selected countries, removing Iraq from the list of previously banned countries. The other countries include Syria, Libya, Iran, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. However, Hawaii announced they will be the first state to sue Trump over the revised travel ban. The travel ban will go into effect on March 16th, 2017. The new order will honour all existing visas and valid green cards.
Trump said: “I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America – we don’t want ’em here.”
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