Mourning and acts of solidarity for the victims of the Charlottesville attack at a white nationalist rally

From New York to California, people join together at memorials and rallies to condemn the violent attack in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017. One person was killed after white nationalists clashed with counter-demonstrators and a car plowed into a crowd near the scene of the earlier melee, the mayor of Charlottesville said.

The clashes on Saturday morning prompted the governor to declare an emergency and halt a rally over removing a Confederate general’s statue from a public park. (Reuters)

(Photos: Win McNamee/Getty Images, Bebeto Matthews/AP, Tasos Katopodis/EPA/REX/Shutterstock, Jim Bourg/Reuters, Stephan Lam/Reuters)

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The Affordable Care Act changed women’s health care in some big ways: It stopped insurance companies from charging women extra, forced insurers to cover maternity care and contraceptives and allowed many women to get those contraceptives (as well as a variety of preventive services, like Pap smears and mammograms) at zero cost.

Now Republicans have the opportunity to repeal that law, also known as Obamacare. But that doesn’t mean all those things will go away. In fact, many will remain.

Confused? Here’s a rundown of what we know so far.

Here’s What GOP Bill Would (And Wouldn’t) Change For Women’s Heath Care

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Seven years ago…

Then-President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010.

“Today, I’m signing this reform bill into law on behalf of my mother, who argued with insurance companies even as she battled cancer in her final days,” Obama said.

Then-Vice President Joe Biden proclaimed it a big (insert expletive here) deal — near microphones, of course. (Photo: Win McNamee, Getty)

In 2005, when the most destructive and costliest natural disaster in the history of the United States struck New Orleans, tens of thousands of people would wait out the rebuilding of their city in Houston. Now it’s Houston’s moment in history to recover from an epic inundation.

Déjà vu is understandable. This week, we watch images of residents sloshing out of submerged neighborhoods, a convention center turned into an evacuation camp, orange Coast Guard choppers plucking people off of rooftops, and freeway overpasses turned into boat ramps for a spontaneous civilian-led rescue effort. Harvey produced, in some places, more than 50 inches of rain in five days, a rainfall record for a tropical storm in the lower 48.

But there are big differences between hurricanes Harvey and Katrina.

Harvey Feel Like Katrina Déjà Vu? Not So Fast

Photos: Kyle Niemi/U.S. Coast Guard;Win McNamee/Getty Images
Caption: (Left) Flooded neigborhoods can be seen in New Orleans in 2005. (Right) Flooded homes are shown near Lake Houston following Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 30.

Now that the rain has stopped and floodwaters are slowly starting to recede, government officials are figuring out where tens of thousands of evacuees in Texas and Louisiana can stay.

The White House estimates about 100,000 houses were affected by the storm. Many were destroyed or are too damaged to live in. More than 30,000 people are currently staying in emergency shelters and will soon be in need of permanent accommodations.

Based on the experience of people whose homes were damaged after Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, it could be months, even years, before flood victims will be able to return home.

At Least 100,000 Homes Were Affected By Harvey. Moving Back In Won’t Be Easy

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