A few key news topics this week include a change of a federal administrator, rising campaigns and questions for the upcoming midterm elections and an attack on a potential presidential candidate.
Health and Human Services
Kathleen Sebelius, head of the department, has stepped down from her position as secretary. She was key in the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, and quickly became its key defender, amidst many technical problems. She resigns after many glitches in the healthcare.gov website, though it has been dubbed a victory by many as it surpassed its goal of seven million Americans enrolled. Though Sebelius is not responsible for all of the flaws or the victories, she will be remembered for every twist and turn the ACA has taken. Sebelius was once a rising star in the Democratic Party, but the hard-to-forget failures of the roll-out may be detrimental to her political career.
To replace Sebelius, President Obama has announced that he will nominate Sylvia Matthews Burwell, which would put her in a position to oversee all of the ACA. Burwell is currently head of the White House budget office, giving her plenty experience. Democrats in congress seem very optimistic about Burwell taking over the position.
As campaigns for the midterm elections are well under way, many are starting to contemplate what the future congress will look like. Some wonder what will happen if there is a party switch in the house and senate. If Republicans hold a majority in senate, the ACA could face a very realistic threat of repeal. Others argue that some Republicans are in great danger, as there is a great rift within the party. Key Tea Party members within congress could face replacement if the Republican Party continues to view the tea party as a threat to its existence.
Attack on Hillary Clinton
On Thursday, Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Las Vegas. During her speech, a shoe was thrown at her from an audience member. Clinton originally thought it was a bat, but it was revealed to be a shoe. The woman charged in the incident was Alison Ernst, a resident of Phoenix. She is the same woman who was escorted for an outburst during the hearing of the Colorado shooter, James Holmes. Clinton was not hit by the shoe, and seemed only briefly shaken by the event.
The events of the week seem to play a key role in the upcoming midterm elections and the 2016 presidential election. It is clear that health care is still a key and controversial issue, as if the structure of the Republican Party, which may be facing its own civil war.