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Archive for May 11th, 2018

What happened with Ronan Farrow and NBC? Some answers may be coming

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11 May 2018 at 8:51 pm

Ask a Pundit: Why Does Scott Pruitt Still Have a Job?

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11 May 2018 at 8:49 pm

Americans are starting to suffer from Trump’s health-care sabotage

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The Washington Post editorial board writes:

IT IS a tribute to the resilience of the United States’ public and private institutions that, despite President Trump’s incoherent management, the country has, by many measures, continued to improve, notching its lowest unemployment rate since 2000 in the latest federal employment update. But the effects of the president’s underinformed instincts, enabled by the ideologues in his administration, are beginning to show up in some of the numbers, representing real pain that Americans are suffering for Mr. Trump’s deficient leadership.

The Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit foundation focused on health-care issues, announced last week that the rate of working-age Americans without health insurance in the group’s annual survey rose to 15.5 percent, up about three percentage points since 2016. Things are worse in the 19 holdout states, such as Virginia, that have refused to expand their Medicaid programs: The rate of uninsured working-age Americans hit 21.9 percent in those areas, up nearly six percentage points over two years. Nationally, the spike has been particularly bad at the modest end of the income scale, rising nearly five percentage points since 2016 for low-income, working-age Americans.

Obamacare critics regularly describe all problems as the inevitable result of a poorly designed law. But the numbers suggest that the critics’ sabotage efforts are to blame. After impressive declines during President Barack Obama’s second term, the fund found that the uninsured rate increased in both of the years Mr. Trump has been in office. During the campaign, Mr. Trump regularly complained that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) left too many Americans uncovered. The result of nearly a year and a half of Mr. Trump’s leadership is 4 million people added to that group.

Obamacare was never perfect. But Commonwealth Fund analysts noted that, rather than fixing the law’s problems, Republicans have done concrete things to worsen them. “These include the administration’s deep cuts in advertising and outreach during the marketplace open-enrollment periods, a shorter open enrollment period, and other actions that collectively may have left people with a general sense of confusion about the status of the law,” they wrote. “Signs point to further erosion of insurance coverage in 2019: the repeal of the individual mandate penalty included in the 2017 tax law, recent actions to increase the availability of insurance policies that don’t comply with ACA minimum benefit standards, and support for Medicaid work requirements.”

Former health and human services secretary Tom Price, an architect of the GOP’s anti-Obamacare campaign, admitted last week that repealing the law’s requirement that all Americans carry health coverage means that “you’ll likely have individuals who are younger and healthier not participating in that market, and consequently that drives up the cost for other folks within that market.” Indeed, the fund found that 5 percent of non-elderly adults plan to drop coverage in response to the mandate repeal. That number may seem small, but if it is younger and healthier people dropping out, it will raise costs for everyone else.

States must do their best to fill gaps. They can  . . .

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11 May 2018 at 12:03 pm

Dual Lock Fastener Tape

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11 May 2018 at 11:20 am

Posted in Daily life

Trump will not call for negotiation on Medicare drug prices despite his campaign promises

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Rich Lowry has a column this morning chastising those who are critical of Trump for pulling out of the Iran deal with absolutely no plans for what to do next, saying that such people shouldn’t criticize Trump for doing what he promised to do during the campaign.

Of course, Trump also promised a healthcare plan that would cover everybody with greater benefits, lower premiums, and lower deductibles than Obamacare offered. Instead he has wrecked Obamacare as much as he could so that people are faced with rising premiums.

And he promised that Medicare would negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to reduce drug prices, another promised made and now broken. Peter Sullivan reports in The Hill:

President Trump’s drug pricing plan will not include a call for Medicare to negotiate drug prices, a leading Democratic idea that Trump previously supported, a senior administration official said Thursday.

“We’re not calling for Medicare negotiation in the way that Democrats have called for,” the official said on a call with reporters previewing Trump’s speech on drug prices scheduled Friday.

However, the official said there will be other proposals to increase competition in Medicare, likely using private sector players rather than Medicare directly negotiating prices.

Democrats have been pressuring Trump ahead of his speech to renew his call for Medicare to negotiate drug prices, something that Trump touted on the campaign trail in 2016, in a break with Republican party orthodoxy.

“We’re setting a high standard and hope that his proposal will meet that because we’d love to work in a bipartisan way to reduce costs,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said at a press conference on drug prices Thursday ahead of Trump’s speech. . .

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Trump’s promises are worth their weight in hot air.

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11 May 2018 at 9:49 am

New update to “My current diet advice”

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I continue to update my now-lengthy post on diet and basic cooking. This morning I added this paragraph:

A good cutting board/prep surface helps a lot, and end-grain hardwood works best in providing a good surface and treating kindly the knife’s edge. I have had a variety of cutting boards, and the Ironwood Gourmet 28217 14″x20″ acacia end-grain prep station is by far the best of the lot: it’s stable (with plastic feet) and it’s large enough to provide plenty of work room. (It has a few negative reviews about a glue problem, but those are from some years back, and it seems as though the manufacturer paid attention: no problem at all with my board). I also have tried a variety of board treatments to preserve the wood, and I like John Boos Butcher Block Board Cream best. Once the food is prepped (sliced, chopped, minced, whatever), this little rimmed food scoop makes it easy to move it from the prep board to bowl or pot. I find I use it constantly.

Written by LeisureGuy

11 May 2018 at 9:30 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Recipes

Chiseled Face brush and Sherlock, with the Dorco PL602

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I really like this Chiseled Face synthetic, which is no longer on offer, and his Sherlock shaving soap produced a fine lather with a very nice fragrance:

It is a warm tobacco-based scent blended with toasted caramel, black pepper, moist dirt, and finished with a touch of leather, moss, mandarin, honey, and rose.

Well-lathered, I used my highly esteemed Dorco PL602 and in three passes I had a perfectly smooth and undamaged visiage, to which I applied a good splash of Sherlock aftershave, ending the work week on a fine note.

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11 May 2018 at 8:46 am

Posted in Shaving

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