Uninsured rate rose in Donald Trump’s first year: Gallup poll

An estimated 3.2 million Americans became uninsured during President Trump’s first year, Gallup said Tuesday in a survey that says rising premiums, declining competition in Obamacare markets and confusion over the GOP’s repeal plans drove the losses. The polling company said the uninsured rate stood at 12.2 percent at the end of last year, an increase… Please follow and like us:

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Democrat Doug Jones’ victory poses a threat to Senate Republican agenda

WASHINGTON — The election of Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate complicates — and could all but doom — Republican efforts to score any big wins for President Donald Trump. The narrowing of the Senate Republicans’ already-slim majority represents a huge loss to the GOP, which failed this year to deliver on a campaign promise… Please follow and like us:

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Small tweaks to GOP tax bill would make huge difference

The Senate-passed tax bill is a policy triumph that will provide a shot of performance enhancing drugs into the veins of the economy. It’s not perfect, but the combined effect of cutting business tax rates, eliminating the state and local tax deduction, and repealing the ObamaCare individual mandate tax, means we are at the precipice of… Please follow and like us:

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Occupational Licensing Is Just Another Form of Cronyism

Occupational Licensing Experts in the field of political marketing periodically tell me that you need to have sympathetic victims when trying to change policy. When pushing for Obamacare repeal, highlight a family who lost its health plan and now has to pay twice as much for insurance. When advocating for repeal of the death tax, publicize… Please follow and like us:

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Trump Heading to Capitol Hill to Rally Support for Tax Vote

U.S. President Donald Trump is heading to Capitol Hill to meet Tuesday with Republican senators as he rallies support for a tax reform bill set to come to a vote later this week. After talks with the president on Monday, Senate leaders confirmed their intention to vote on the massive plan that would permanently cut corporate… Please follow and like us:

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Trump pushes Republicans on tax overhaul as Congress faces a busy month

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will welcome key Republicans to the White House on Monday to push a tax reform plan that has become complicated by a year-end legislative sprint in Congress. Several Republican senators are expressing reservations about the tax overhaul, a $1.5 trillion package that could become the most significant achievement of Trump’s first… Please follow and like us:

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Obamacare insurance markets open this week amid confusion and uncertainty

WASHINGTON — Health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act begin accepting 2018 applications Wednesday amid mounting concern that the Trump administration’s repeated attacks on the law will dramatically depress enrollment. The marketplaces — a centerpiece of the law commonly called Obamacare — continue to provide coverage for some 10 million people. And they remain… Please follow and like us:

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How AI Can Improve Health Care in Africa Before U.S.

While American politicians quarrel over the Affordable Care Act, the United States—one of the few industrialized countries without universal health care—still spends twice as much per person per year on health expenditure as the U.K. and Canada. For all the debates over Obamacare, however, America boasts 38 MRI machines per one million people: Nigeria, a country… Please follow and like us:

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Stock market ignores Donald Trump distractions, rallies on strong economy

The stock market has rallied and roared since Americans for the first time sent a billionaire businessman to the White House, with the Dow Jones industrial average setting 62 record-high closings since the Nov. 8 presidential election. Nothing has seriously discouraged investors – not the most deadly shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, not a series… Please follow and like us:

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John McCain owns Obamacare

The following editorial appeared in The Gazette on Sunday, Sept. 24: ——— Don’t call it Obamacare. President Barack Obama served his country and quietly left office. The Affordable Care Act survives as the legacy of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. He led the charge against repealing the law in July and pledges to defeat another repeal this… Please follow and like us:

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Legislative Logjam Threatens Early Economic Momentum for Trump

Despite sluggish legislative progress on big-ticket agenda items, new numbers suggest the Trump administration has continued to inject confidence into the U.S. economy. The U.S. economy grew at a rate of 2.6 percent from April 1 to June 30, according to the federal government. President Donald Trump wants economic growth of at least 3 percent to… Please follow and like us:

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John McCain ‘no’ vote kills Obamacare repeal effort in Senate

Drained by self-inflicted wounds, shifting aims and unrelenting protests, Republicans’ push to kill off President Obama’s signature health law sputtered out of gas early Friday, as Senate leaders failed to rally the votes for a significantly pared-down repeal bill in a vote after midnight. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who stormed back to Washington after… Please follow and like us:

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Market levitation slows Thursday, politics gums up the works

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2017 – We’re back today after another summer hiatus, which found us this time back up in Cleveland, Ohio to attend a wedding, after which we visited relatives in Pittsburgh, Pa. Frankly, it’s a breath of fresh air to leave Washington for a few days, leaving most, if not all this city’s dysfunctional… Please follow and like us:

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Intellectual property rights enforced by strong patent rules

A deteriorating intellectual property regime in the U.S. has been quietly unfolding over the last decade and has contributed to the declining standard of living for middle class Americans, the stagnant economy, and the outsourcing of high-tech manufacturing. The Great Recession of 2008 technically ended in June 2009, but normal recovery never got traction in the… Please follow and like us:

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Shift in White House Press Strategy Puts Focus on Policy

President Donald Trump’s new communications strategy appears to be bearing some fruit. The Trump White House has gotten more on-message, getting out its narratives and avoiding being bogged down by negative hits from the media. Despite a Tuesday setback on the Obamacare replace bill in the Senate, the month has seen a marked shift from the… Please follow and like us:

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