Keeping it brief: five things to know for the week of March 6-12
Republicans announce Obamacare replacement
Republicans in the House of Representatives have revealed their alternative to the current Affordable Healthcare Act. The bill aims to still help those with pre-existing conditions and would keep children on their parent’s health insurance until age 26. The House will vote on the bill on Wednesday. To learn more about the bill, click here.
2. Great Lakes advocacy group concerned about funding
The White House plans to cut the EPA’s budget by about $2 billion. This would reduce the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program by 97 percent. The program is aimed to eliminate the large problems that threaten the Great Lakes. Click here to read the statement released by Alliance for Great Lakes.
3. “Beauty and the Beast” announcement causes controversy
The remake of the Disney classic is receiving some serious backlash after announcing that minor character LeFou (Josh Gad) will be openly gay, Disney’s first openly gay character in a film. To read more about Gad’s take on his character, click here.
4. North students take the stage
North’s spring musical “The Addams Family” opens Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC. Other performances include Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. Tickets for students are $10 each and can be purchased at the door. To see the poster, click here.
5. Supreme Court refuses transgender rights case
The Supreme Court has decided to not pick up a case over bathroom rules for transgender students. The court is still awaiting its ninth member. After refusing this case, the court will most likely not rule on transgender rights for another year or two. Click here to read more about transgender issues.