Improve your Vocabulary with ELTEC: BBC News item

Here’s a new series to improve a student’s vocabulary. I’ll present a news item, usually from BBC, and then explain words along with their usage. Let us LEARN some new words.

News Item:

“Some 23 million people would lose health insurance over the next decade under the revised Republican healthcare plan, says a non-partisan agency. Fourteen million people would be uninsured in 2018 alone, according to the congressional budget office. The analysis said federal deficits would fall by $ 119 billion from 2017-2026 under the proposal which is championed by President Donald Trump. House republicans were criticised for passing the bill before the assessment.”

“Wednesday’s rating lays down the gauntlet to Republican senators who are now crafting their own version of bill, which Democrats have labelled Trumpcare. House Republicans amended their American Health Care Act (AHCA) after it failed back in March to attract enough support to even win a vote in a chamber their party controls.”

Here is an audio for those who wish to listen and read.

Partisan: Supporter of a person or organisation. Non-Partisan, in this context, refers to a source that is not associated with any party.

Deficits: Income – Expenditure. When expenditure of a company or country is more than its income, it is said to be in DEFICIT.

Champion: (verb) To defend or support something.

Lay down the gauntlet: Gauntlet refers to a glove knights used to wear. Throwing down that glove meant challenging an opponent for a duel. So, throw down the gauntlet or lay down the gauntlet refers to challenging someone for a fight.

Craft: To make or manufacture.

Label: To put in a certain class.

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