June 29, 2017

Obamacare Struggles But State-Run Health Care Shines

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Uninsured Americans are having a hard time enrolling in private health insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov. The federal website is slow, unresponsive and at times provides inaccurate information about applicants’ eligibility for federal tax credits. Insurers, meanwhile, say they’re receiving duplicate enrollments, missing data fields, and other errors in the applications that consumers complete. State-run health care marketplaces in Kentucky, New ... Read More »

US Shutdown Ends, Costing Economy $24 Billion

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Here Is What Republicans Got For Shutting Down The Government By Igor Volsky After shutting down the government for two weeks, Republicans appear to have secured just one concession from a Senate-crafted deal to raise the debt ceiling and re-open the federal government: an income verification system for individuals who earn above 400 percent of the federal poverty line and qualify ... Read More »

Emerging Senate Deal May Slightly Change Obamacare

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As Congressional negotiators put the final touches on a deal to avert national default and re-open the federal government, lawmakers are considering two small changes to the Affordable Care Act: an income verification system for individuals and families receiving subsides and a one-year delay in the law’s “reinsurance tax,” a little-known provision designed to spread risk among health care insurers ... Read More »

How America is Transforming

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The government shutdown continues in the US and worries are growing about the looming debt-ceiling deadline, and whether the US will default. The media discussions are occurring around the clock about the evolving positions of the Republican and Democratic parties. However, so far they do not appear to be much different from what they were earlier, leaving little room for ... Read More »

Asia Gets on With it While America’s Out of Play

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Of course President Obama had no choice but to stay at home. It is certainly not his fault that the interests of the United States and its friends have been so seriously damaged by the lack of respect that has emerged in American politics for the core institutions and principles of its great democratic state. The culpability for this latest ... Read More »

Shutdown to Ax Food Stamps, Job Training Programs Funding

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After waging a noisy summer-long campaign to modify food stamps rules in the name of rewarding work, House Republicans have cut off funding to the job training programs that go along with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by shutting down the government. Those employment and training programs, known as SNAP E&T, are being left to their own devices during the ... Read More »

Deciphering Obama’s U.N. Speech

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President Barack Obama delivered an overarching speech at the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly session on September 24. The focus of the speech and the session at large remained on Iran and Syria, as was expected. However, Obama also laid out the broad contours for the future of American policy in the Middle East and North Africa. He had ... Read More »

Shutdown: Republicans’ 21 Demands

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  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action. Since the Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2011, they have repeatedly attempted to use the prospect of a government shutdown or a debt default as leverage. A shutdown would furlough close to a million federal workers and cut off essential services for millions more Americans, while a default ... Read More »

Shutdown: President’s Message to The Military

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Obama reassures military: You will be paid during shutdown (via Raw Story ) As the deadline passed to avert a shutdown of U.S. government operations, President Barack Obama’s administration released a video message to military service members in combat situations and Department of Defense (DOD) staffers reassuring them that… Read More »

Don’t Like The Shutdown? Blame The Constitution

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  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action. A little more than two years ago, Canada faced a budget fight much like the one facing the United States today. Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose party controlled a plurality but not a majority of the seats in Canada’s parliament, proposed a budget that was unacceptable to the opposition ... Read More »