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The Daily Countable: Obamacare Changes, U.S. Withdrawal from Key Int'l Group, and Real American Heroes

by Countable | 10.12.17

Good Thursday, friends, from all of Team Countable and from me, Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook.

On the Radar

Executive Order Shifts Healthcare Law

Big news today, folks. President Trump signed an executive order that could challenge the fundamentals of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Some people are thrilled that this expands Americans' choices for healthcare, and others worry it could lead to a loss of health insurance by thousands of people. Don't miss our Executive Action Tracker, where we record many of the most important changes lead by the Trump Administration.

U.S. Withdraws from Key Global Org

The State Department announced that the U.S. will withdraw from UNESCO — the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It's best known for designating and protecting "World Heritage Sites," of which there are many in the United States, including the Grand Canyon and the Florida Everglades. Read more about why the Trump Administration is withdrawing from UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The Real People Who #MAGA? Local Heroes

The flood-bound midwife who rode an inflatable swan to deliver a woman's baby. The loving NorCal neighbors who are sheltering horses and other animals, fleeing from wildfires. The crowd-sourcing of critical emergency maps in Puerto Rico. You don't want to miss these stories of real Americans, Making America Great -- Always.

Your Gov At A Glance 👀

The White House: Trump in DC

  • President Trump will sign an executive order related to healthcare choice and competition in the morning.
  • In the afternoon, the president will announce the Secretary of Homeland Security nominee.

The House of Representatives: IN Session

The Senate: OUT

  • The Senate will return Monday, October 16.

And In the End...

As always, Countable thanks you for the time you take to engage in your government. The only path to making our representatives more accountable is through regular civic engagement — that's why our aim is to make that meaningful and easy. Keep in touch, and more tomorrow.

— Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor

Keep in touch with Countable and Andrea via Twitter.

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  • Chris
    10/12/2017
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    I’m really tired of this administration and Congress not representing the will of the American people! We have a corrupt administration that is making very poor decisions based on no government experience whatsoever. Our government is half staffed and the half that are there don’t know what they’re doing. We have a Congress that is watching this train wreck happening. Well we are watching too and are voting in 2018.

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  • The-science-man
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    The president's actions against international preservation of important and valuable sites is a disgrace to this country from the views of other nations and the citizens of this country and world. Also his actions which undermine the key aspects to the important healthcare system president Obama put important will be harmful to many Americans. I beg that you my representative do your part in reminding the president the harm of the actions he is taking and introduce bills to counter his decisions.

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  • Maria
    10/12/2017
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    Stop this maniac president wanna be from ruining our reputation in the world!

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  • Marianne
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    Please do not allow the withdrawal from UNESCO

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  • John
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    This is idiotic! What gives with this very sick President? We must stop him from destroying our United States and do it now. Bring articles of impeachment. The man is paranoid, hypersensitive to his own image, grandiose, I'll-informed and exhibits no qualities of a leader. He is a tyrant who wants to be like Hitler, Kim Jung Ho, and Putin. He has absolutely no idea how or why our democracy works!

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  • Bill
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    He's gone after everything at this point: monuments, citizens, poor and huddled foreign masses... The time to impeach Trump was months ago. Impeach him now before we become North Korea: Part 2.

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  • Rudy
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    Please do not allow the withdrawal of the US from UNESCO.

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  • Nick
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    Thank god someone’s doing something about this mess. All you butt hurt liberals keep crying it’s fucking hilarious!!! I love reading your comments it’s nothing but a bunch of people trying to say they know what’s going on in the government but they have no idea. They just think trump is a racist bigot lmao stfu and grow up. If Hillary won (thank god she didn’t) but if she did I would support her you know why? Because i don’t give a fuck WHOS in office. I want my country to prosper idc what they do to get it there just make it better than this pas dumbass president!

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  • Esther
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    I am so tired of this divisive and destructive administration. I'm very concerned about the lack of care about the environment, diplomacy, and loss of respect from other nations. And I'm also concerned about the attempt to control the media. We have a president who is seriously lacking in basic knowledge of how our government operates, how the economy works, and how our diversity makes us so great. We are so far down the rabbit hole that I don't know if we can find our way back.

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  • JTJ
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    Hey Obama, take your terrible socialist healthcare program and shove it!

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  • Danielle
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    Do not take away my healthcare.

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  • James
    10/13/2017
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    As a licensed insurance agent for the past 14 years, I have been against Obamacare since I first started to hear about it in 2006. Without competition, we the consumer, lose. This was a bill written for insurance companies, by insurance companies. They wrote the bill in such a manner that there would be no competition in any state. I agree that we needed to reform the system; however, Texas had already implemented a program.

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  • Feint
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    Please take action to keep the USA in UNESCO. Withdrawing from this puts us on the same level as ISIS who destroyed world heritage sites in Palmyra.

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  • Deborah
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    I'm disgusted with trump and his Administration lack of concern for the American People period. If they can't pass a healthcare bill they find another way to take away your healthcare and increase the poor and middle class taxes while they continue to enrich themselves

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  • Colleen
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    I am hoping that most people sharing comments on this string and others are feeling as angry, frustrated and motivated to get this moronic, evil, narcissistic, psychotic and corrupt a**hole and his cronies the hell out of office! As for Congress, I feel like they’re sitting back collecting their salaries and pensions and doing ZERO in the way of stopping this nut job. This country is being held hostage by this wack job who’s been the most divisive Presidents of all time! Removing us from the Paris Climate Agreement, ignoring climate change after four hurricanes and out of control wildfires and drought! Pushing offshore drilling in the Arctic, attacking a woman’s right to choose, attacking minorities, defending white supremacy, pushing drilling in our National Parks, pushing to increase the number of nuclear weapons, attacking Obamacare, Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, insulting our allies, removing us from UNESCO, ignoring what’s happening in Puerto Rico and insulting people who are suffering, choosing abominable swamp monsters to run the agencies, etc, etc etc....all for his own enjoyment and that of his base. Those of us that care about this country need to make their opinions known to their Representatives and Senators. Sign petitions. Attend marches. And most important of all VOTE, VOTE, VOTE - 45, his cronies, and sycophant Congress out of office! We are the majority! #ImpeachTrump

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  • Vera
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    I am so sad and disgusted with the president and his administration. Beyond words as to how our withdrawal will do anything for USA besides making us look even more ridiculous 😞

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  • Nick
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    Hey Chris... yes you dumb fuck. The American people voted for trump. That means a majority of American people don’t want obama care. God your fucking retarded

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  • Jeff
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    Finally! As the nation already doing the most towards environmental preservation of any in the civilized world, we don’t need to associate ourselves with openly genocidal Israel-hating second and third world Barbarians. This should especially satisfy leftists, who claim to be against racism in any form — IF they are honest about that, that is. So VERY happy about this; That we now have a POTUS unbeholden to either party who thinks and acts like the rest of us patriots across America!

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  • Jona
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    Shameful withdrawal from UNESCO

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  • Cindi
    10/13/2017
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    Are there rules on this page for appropriateness, truthfulness, language? It doesn't seem so...

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