Today’s News & Commentary — March 7, 2017
House Republicans publicly released their long awaited health care plan. The Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal each offer details on the new plan. Vox and Forbes offer more in depth analysis. Two of the most significant provisions of the plan will replace the individual mandate with tax incentives, and replace means-tested insurance subsidies with one that scales according to age.
The Senate voted today to repeal the Obama administration’s rule requiring that federal contractors disclose labor violations, according to the Los Angeles Times. The rule required contractors to disclose violations of 14 labor laws, including those pertaining to workplace safety, wages and discrimination, and allowed federal contracting agencies to take violations into account when assigning bids.
Over the weekend, the New York Times reported on Uber’s Greyball project, which it uses to evade authorities around the world. Uber set up what essentially was a fake version of its app so that city authorities could not take a ride with the company. Uber identified city officials using location data, observing which of its users opened and closed its app near government buildings, and then tagged those users in a way that prevented them from using its service. Critics and city officials claim this was done to avoid local regulations; Uber claims it uses Greyball mainly to identify users who violate its terms of service agreement.