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West Wing Reads for 8/3/17

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Each day we round up the best stories the West Wing is reading and share them with you.

West Wing Reads

"Why Trump Is Right about Immigration"

- Mark Krikorian, The National Interest

Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, writes in the National Interest, that the immigration plan the President set forward yesterday with Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue is a step in the right direction. With the so-called RAISE Act, “Senators Cotton and Perdue have done an exceptional job of restarting the debate over the shape of the federal immigration program,” he pens, adding: “And President Trump is to be praised for moving beyond the easy issue of enforcement.” Fixing our immigration system “to admit fewer unskilled workers, phase out chain migration, and simplify the admission of truly exceptional talents would be an enormous accomplishment,” Krikorian writes.
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USA Today reports on the Trump administration’s efforts to expand veterans’ access to telehealth services around the country, especially in rural areas, via mobile phones or computers, which is “intended to improve medical care especially for those needing mental health and suicide prevention services.”

Jim Geraghty in the National Review writes of some “easily-overlooked good news” in that two bills aiming to help veterans are heading to the President’s desk for signature. One that will fund Veterans Choice to seek the care they prefer, and another which is a series of reforms to veterans’ education benefits.

Further evidence that Obamacare is imploding: Axios reports that Molina Healthcare is pulling out of the Obamacare exchanges in Utah and Wisconsin, while “in the areas where Molina is staying, the insurer will hike premiums for its ACA plans by 55% on average.” And the Washington Examiner reports on how Aetna will “completely withdraw from the Obamacare exchanges in 2018, after seeing its profits soar from reducing its participation this year.”

In positive economic news, NPR reports that “the Dow Jones industrial average finished above 22,000 for the first time,” saying the stock market index is “now up 11 percent for the year and more than 20 percent since President Trump’s election in November.”