II. While Reading Activities
- decade |ˈdekād| noun-a period of ten years: he taught at the university for nearly a decade.
- subsidy |ˈsəbsədē| noun (pl. subsidies) a sum of money granted by the government or a public body to assist an industry or business so that the price of a commodity or service may remain low or competitive: a farm subsidy | they disdain government subsidy.
- stability |stəˈbilədē| noun-the state of being stable: there are fears for the political stability of the area.
- assurance |əˈSHo͝orəns| noun-a positive declaration intended to give confidence; a promise: [ with clause ] : he gave an assurance that work would not recommence until Wednesday.
- ACA abbreviation (in the US) Affordable Care Act or (in full) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. See also Obamacare.
- to pull the rug (out) from under somebody-Idiom-to suddenly take away important support from someone. [Source:The Free Idiom Dictionary]
- imperative |əmˈperədiv| adjective-of vital importance; crucial: immediate action was imperative | [ with clause ] : it is imperative that standards be maintained.
- achieve |əˈCHēv| verb [ with obj. ]reach or attain (a desired objective, level, or result) by effort, skill, or courage: he achieved his ambition to become a journalist | [ no obj. ] : people striving to achieve.
- chronic |ˈkränik| adjective-(of an illness) persisting for a long time or constantly recurring: chronic bronchitis. Often contrasted with acute.
- Declaration of Independence |ˌdɛkləˈreɪʃən əv| a document declaring the US to be independent of the British Crown, signed by the congressional representatives of the Thirteen Colonies, including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams, and ratified on July 4, 1776.
Reading Comprehension: Word -Recognition
“The president and Republicans have promised their replacement plan will be able to provide wide access to coverage and will be cheaper, by offering more options. They liken Obamacare to a big fixed-price buffet, with its required preventive health benefits for every plan and tax subsidies for low-income Americans.”
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
People are worried they’ll lose their coverage.
The administration offered no details for a replacement.
Many people will need to have a lot of money set aside.