Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Republicans Face Opposition to Health care Bill

The long-awaited House GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was met with fierce opposition from across the political spectrum this week, with staunch conservatives denouncing it as “Obamacare lite” and Democrats warning that it would strip millions of Americans of coverage. The new bill, known as the American Health Care Act, keeps some popular Obamacare features, like prohibiting insurers from denying policies for pre-existing conditions. But it replaces the existing system of income-based premium subsidies with age-based tax credits of $2,000 for a young person to $4,000 a year for those in their 60s. Because those credits are lower than most subsidies, analysts estimate that between 14 million to 24 million people will become uninsured because they could no longer afford coverage. The individual mandate, which imposes tax penalties on people who go without health insurance, will be scrapped and instead allows insurers to charge 30 percent higher premiums for new customers who go 63 days or more without coverage.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Oprah 2020: Could She Win?

It’s a question many Democrats have been giving serious consideration over the next few years, especially since the win of Donald Trump. In an interview released this month, Oprah Winfrey said President Trump’s unlikely election victory had her wondering whether she, too, could run the country. “I thought, ‘Oh gee, I don’t have the experience. I don’t know enough,’” Winfrey said. She later insisted she’d never actually run. But that hasn’t stopped many of her admirers from voicing support for an Oprah candidacy. Kimberly Atkins said in the Boston Herald "Why not?". In the “celebrity-thirsty world of politics,” Winfrey could be President Trump’s “kryptonite.” The talk-show icon has a genuine “rags-to-riches story,” having overcome “poverty, abuse, and bigotry” to become America’s first black female billionaire. She has “100 percent name recognition” and a proven ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Most important of all? “People trust her.”