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Donald Trump Urges Senate Republicans to ‘Not Let the American People Down’ on Health Care

Donald Trump Urges Senate Republicans to ‘Not Let the American People Down’ on Health Care

Donald Trump Urges Senate Republicans to ‘Not Let the American People Down’ on Health Care.
Some senators have already voiced displeasure with the health care bill that cleared the House last week, with Republicans providing all the “yes” votes in the 217-213 count.
They cited concerns about potential higher costs for older people and those with pre-existing conditions, along with cuts to Medicaid.
Collins also complained that the House rushed a vote before the Congressional Budget Office could complete its cost-benefit analysis. “Republican senators will not let the American people down!”
Trump has said the current system is failing as insurers pull out of markets, forcing costs and deductibles to rise. “I think that the Republican Party will be rewarded,” said Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price argued that states will get more freedom to experiment with the program and make sure that people who rely on Medicaid get the care and coverage they need.
Some House lawmakers have been challenged by the public over the House vote.
Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”

Democrats lose elections because of belief America is flawed
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Democrats lose elections because of belief America is flawed

Democrats lose elections because of belief America is flawed.
Hillary Clinton recently asserted she was cheated from victory in the final weeks of the presidential campaign by Jim Comey’s decision to reopen the FBI investigation into her emails and Russian interference.
This is terribly sad because it encourages congressional Democrats to continue denying the legitimacy of President Trump and obstructing efforts to improve health care, reform taxes and improve economic opportunity for all Americans.
Both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump were far from perfect candidates but as a former senator and secretary of State, she was better experienced for the demands of the presidency.
Yet, the campaign remained close enough into the final weeks for the Comey announcement to perhaps tip the outcome — I am hardly convinced Russian efforts changed many votes — because Mrs. Clinton misread the primal values of historically Democratic voters from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin and in other places.
Mrs. Clinton saw unfairness too but blamed American society — the burdens imposed by accidents of birth and enduring racism, sexism and other prejudices.
Simply, they don’t want government inspectors intruding so much in college admissions or business hiring decisions or ever bigger benefits programs but simply the chance to work and the dignity of paying their own way.
This is financed by a profoundly progressive tax structure — the top quartile earns about 69 percent of the income but pays 89 percent of the income tax and some 45 percent of Americans pay no income tax at all or receive payments through the earned income tax credit.
However, Mr. Trump promised to deal with how Washington has let the world treat America and its workers.
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John Kasich Says GOP Health Care Bill Is ‘Inadequate’

John Kasich Says GOP Health Care Bill Is ‘Inadequate’

John Kasich Says GOP Health Care Bill Is ‘Inadequate’.
Ohio Gov.
Kasich, who challenged President Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican primary, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the Republicans “were just trying to fulfill a campaign promise” and “should’ve worked with the Democrats” on the American Health Care Act.
Kasich said 700,000 people in Ohio use Medicaid, and many them have a mental illness, drug addictions or chronic diseases. “I don’t have a problem trying to move the Medicaid expansion, which gives an enhanced match from the federal government, to a more traditional match, but you can’t do that overnight,” Kasich told CNN. “How do we think that the mentally ill have the ability to pay the deductible on an insurance policy that they have that they can buy for $3,000?”
On “State of the Union” earlier Sunday morning, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price defended the cuts to Medicaid, saying they will give “states greater flexibility” under the bill.
However, Kasich is wary the cuts would make it difficult for states to provide enough resources.
The bill will now face the Senate, and Kasich hopes senators rewrite the bill to be more comprehensive. “I’m concerned about how this is going to affect people who find themselves in a very difficult position,” Kasich added.

States with the Shortest Unemployment Benefits

States with the Shortest Unemployment Benefits

Here is a look at how and why that net has weakened – and what is being proposed to strengthen it.
(Think you might be headed for a layoff?
How Unemployment Compensation Has Dwindled For several decades, all 50 states provided workers with a minimum 26-week period of unemployment insurance.
During times with a high jobless rate, the federal government has generally extended that window even further.
Meanwhile, only two states, Massachusetts and Montana, provide benefits for more than 26 weeks.
Eight states now provide fewer than 26 weeks of unemployment benefits.
The real problem, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), an anti-poverty research group, is that many of the states that are now cutting back had severely under-funded their jobless-benefit funds prior to the downturn.
Now, those reserves are running dry, and legislators see a cut in jobless benefits as the solution.
The primary source of funding for these state-administered unemployment benefits is a tax on employers.
Many in the party contend that longer unemployment benefit windows act as a disincentive to find work.

HHS Secretary Tom Price Defends AHCA’s $1 Trillion Medicaid Cut

HHS Secretary Tom Price Defends AHCA’s $1 Trillion Medicaid Cut

Cutting nearly $1 trillion from Medicaid will give states the freedom to tailor the program to suit their needs, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Sunday, as he defended a narrowly passed House bill that aims to undo parts of the health care law enacted by the previous administration.
The bill’s passage buoyed President Donald Trump, but the measure appeared headed for an overhaul in the Senate.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate Republican whose vote will be critical in getting a bill to Trump’s desk, voiced concerns about potential higher costs for older people and those with pre-existing conditions. “The House bill is not going to come before us,” she said.
CBO’s analysis highlighted an $880 billion cut to Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor and disabled, which Price sought to cast as a way to give states more leeway to experiment with the program.
Price said the changes will make sure that people who rely on Medicaid get the care and coverage that they need.
It would dilute consumer-friendly insurance coverage requirements, like prohibiting higher premiums for customers with pre-existing medical conditions.
The measure would also water down the subsidies that help consumers afford health insurance. “Republican Senators will not let the American people down!”
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said he expected the Senate will improve the House bill, which represents the culmination of seven years of promises by Republicans to repeal and replace what’s become known as “Obamacare.”

When Do Most Americans Claim Social Security?
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When Do Most Americans Claim Social Security?

When Do Most Americans Claim Social Security?.
Most Americans claim Social Security retirement benefits before reaching their full retirement age.
When do Americans claim their Social Security benefits?
Of those who don’t claim benefits before full retirement age, most claim benefits exactly at full retirement age.
Age % of Men Claiming % of Women Claiming 62 32% 37% 63 6% 7% 64 6% 7% 65 to full retirement age 10% 10% Full retirement age 34% 28% 67-69 9% 7% 70 3% 5% Data source: Social Security Administration 2016 Statistical Supplement.
When you only consider people who chose their Social Security claiming age, we find that an even greater percentage claimed before full retirement age — 64% of men and 72% of women.
What is your full retirement age?
Your Full Retirement Age Is… 1954 or earlier 66 years 1955 66 years, 2 months 1956 66 years, 4 months 1957 66 years, 6 months 1958 66 years, 8 months 1959 66 years, 10 months 1960 or later 67 years The effects of claiming Social Security early (or late) When determining your Social Security benefit, your earnings throughout your career are indexed for inflation and applied to a formula.
If you claim Social Security before you reach your full retirement age, your benefits will be permanently reduced by the following percentages: 6 2/3% per year, or five-ninths of 1% per month, for up to 36 months before reaching full retirement age.
When should you claim Social Security?

New York passes budget with workers comp reforms

New York passes budget with workers comp reforms

New York passes budget with workers comp reforms.
Workers compensation reforms were included in the final version of New York’s fiscal 2017-2018 budget, which passed the New York State Senate Sunday following an agreement between Gov.
Andrew Cuomo and leadership of the New York State Legislature.
The budget requires a workers comp formulary for prescription drugs, swift access to hearings for injured workers not receiving benefits and relief for first responders exposed to traumatic events on the job, according to a joint statement posted on the New York Division of the Budget website.
Specifically, the budget says the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board may not disallow a first responder’s claim for mental injury based on extraordinary work-related stress incurred at work if the stress is found to be not greater than that which usually occurs in the normal work environment.
“Concurrent with expanded worker protections, businesses will be achieving overall savings, bringing much needed relief to municipal and private employers.
“In particular, a formulary can help address the problem of opioid use and abuse, which unfortunately remains one of the most pressing issues facing workers’ compensation systems nationwide, including in New York,” Ms. Cooper said in a statement.
The budget also calls for workers comp coverage for rideshare drivers through enhancements to the Black Car Fund, a nonprofit organization created by the state in 1999 that provides wage replacement and medical benefits for rideshare drivers injured on the job.
The Black Car Fund currently provides coverage for black car and luxury limousine drivers who work with the fund’s affiliated members and is funded through a 2.5% surcharge on passenger fares.
New York’s fiscal year began April 1.

Health Act Repeal Threatens to Strike Economy’s Engine

Health Act Repeal Threatens to Strike Economy’s Engine

Three are hospitals.
The outsize economic role of the American health care industry heightens the risks posed by the Republicans’ effort in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010 under President Barack Obama, and it comes at a delicate moment for the broader economy.
“Reversing Obamacare is negative for the economy in the next year or two.” The cost of providing coverage to millions more Americans has its own economic consequences.
Health care now accounts for nearly a one-fifth of overall consumer spending.
Oscar Onteveros, 37, began working as a nursing assistant at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center three years ago, after working for years in factories and in temporary jobs.
The overall industry has benefited from the strong economy and the coverage expansions under Medicaid, he said.
About 20 million people gained coverage under the federal health care law.
Like other executives, Dr. Boutrous argues that health system groups need to find ways of reducing the overall cost of care.
“What’s been missing is what makes health care so expensive in this country,” he said.
But Mr. Gragnolati also worried about the health bill’s potential effects on patients, some of whom have gained access to care for the first time.

Steps to successfully apply for Social Security disability
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Steps to successfully apply for Social Security disability

Congress has been looking at possible reforms for years that could streamline the process without sacrificing the rigor necessary to nix fraudulent claims, said former Congressman Earl Pomeroy, a co-chair of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget’s SSDI Solutions Initiative. “[Applying] is almost like a job in itself,” Dunn said.
To improve your chances of a successful claim, make sure to gather as many of your medical records as possible in advance of filing your claim. “It’s possible [SSA] will make a decision while you’re waiting for these records to be sent.”
You want them to have as full a picture of your condition as possible, right from the start.
Claims examiners want to see that you’ve received medical care for your condition regularly and recently, said Laurence, who is also the editor of
(Per Social Security Administration data, 28 percent of final medical denials in 2013 were because the impairment was considered “not severe,” and another 31 percent because the applicant was still considered able to do other kinds of work.)
Include that with your initial SSDI application, said Laurence.
You’re telling unemployment that you’re willing and able to work but telling Social Security that you are unable to work.) “If you do get denied, you have to act on requesting an appeal quickly, within two months,” Dunn explained.

The Palestinian president visits the White House

The Palestinian president visits the White House

The Palestinian president visits the White House.
After months of speculation he unveiled a policy document meant to amend (though not replace) the militant group’s founding charter of 1988.
Most strikingly, it endorses the creation of a Palestinian state in just the West Bank and Gaza.
Hamas has never accepted it.
But now, it says, Palestinian statehood is a “formula of national consensus”, although it still thinks that peace with Israel is anathema.
The anti-Semitic language of the charter of 1988 is not repeated.
Good reasons for scepticism remain.
The new document was in part aimed at stealing his thunder.
In the short term, Mr Trump will therefore focus on bolstering the anaemic economy in the West Bank, where the official unemployment rate stands at 18%.
The last time they tried this, in Barack Obama’s second term, Mr Abbas eventually disavowed everything his envoy agreed to.