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June 22, 2017: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • The public will finally get a look at the highly-anticipated but secretly crafted alternative to the Affordable Care Act, hammered out solely by Senate Republicans. The Washington Post reports the measure "basically retains Obamacare's insurance subsidy structure, with just a few tweaks." The Post adds that the Republican plan would also allow "states to opt out of key protections for patients with preexisting conditions," upending a key provision of Obamacare. The plan calls for big cuts to Medicaid down the road, tying federal spending to a slowing growth index, "which in turn could prompt states to reduce the size of their Medicaid programs."
  • Idaho State Police report a Boise man was killed overnight in a two vehicle crash on State Street near Sycamore Drive in Boise. A motorcyclist was riding a 1995 Harley Davidson eastbound on State when it collided head-on with a 2000 Ford Focus. The motorcyclist was rushed to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center where he later died of his injuries. The driver of the Ford Focus was treated at the scene. ISP said the motorcyclist, identified only as a 63-year-old Boise man, was not wearing a helmet. The crash is under investigation.
  • Esther Simplot Park
  • The City of Boise has closed Quinn's Pond and all ponds at Esther Simplot Park after discovering concentrations of E. coli bacteria. Recent tests indicated the bacteria levels exceeded water quality standards. Signs have been posted at beaches to notify visitors about the closures while daily water quality tests continue. City officials said they had been in touch with the Central District Health Department and thus far, the health agency has not received any reports of sickness after swimming in Quinn's Pond or at Esther Simplot Park.
  • Amy Poehler joined her former Saturday Night Live cast member Seth Meyers on Meyers' late night NBC talk show Wednesday night to skewer the left and right in segment fashioned after their old Weekend Update feature "Really?!" chastising both ides of the aisle. The real gem of the most recent "Really?!" sketch is taking on a recent incident during a New York Shakespeare in the Park performance of "Julius Caesar" where protesters stormed the stage to protest the take of the production on the current President.

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