by Countable | 5.5.17
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Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said on Friday that a Senate plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare should pass the "Jimmy Kimmel test," after the comedian revealed his son was born with a heart defect.
"I ask, does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test? Will a child born with congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in the first year of life? I want it to pass the Jimmy Kimmel test," Cassidy told CNN when asked if he could support a plan that included yearly or annual insurance caps.
He added that the "simple answer [is] I want to make sure folks get the care they need."
Read more at The Hill.
To understand the Jimmy Kimmel reference, read up at Countable.
The Senate Intelligence Committee, seeking to accelerate its broad investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election, has asked a number of high-profile Trump campaign associates to hand over emails and other records of communications and dealings with Russian officials and businesspeople.
The requests, made in letters sent by the committee in the past 10 days, are a preliminary step and open the way to subpoenas for anyone who does not comply, said two officials with knowledge of the Senate investigation. They said Senator Richard M. Burr, a North Carolina Republican who is chairman of the committee, was prepared to compel the Trump associates to turn over their records.
Read more at the New York Times.
Employers added a robust 211,000 jobs in April after boosting payrolls by just 79,000 in March. That kept the three-month average in payroll growth at 174,000 a month, within a fairly stable range over the past six months. The report appeared to back up Fed officials’ view in their policy statement Wednesday that recent softness in economic growth would prove "transitory."
In 2015 and 2016, the Fed scrapped its plans to raise interest rates more than once, but the employment report likely bolsters its plans to lift borrowing costs around three times in 2017. It already raised its benchmark short-term rate in March by a quarter-percentage point, to a range between 0.75% and 1%, and penciled in two more moves this year.
Read more at the Wall Street Journal.
On Friday, Politico's Dan Diamond reported that the White House will gut funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the executive branch agency coordinating efforts to fight the opioid epidemic that has swept through rural areas of America over the last few years.
Diamond reports that Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for the office by 95 percent, drastically cutting staff and eliminating a program that helps communities fight addiction at the local level.
Read more at the Washington Post.
After growing criticism from leading Democrats, civil rights advocates and even some members of his own party, President Trump's pick for Army Secretary, Mark Green, has withdrawn his name from consideration.
Green had previously offended both the LGBTQ community and Muslims with a number of comments and policy positions seen as offensive and discriminatory -- including comparing transgender people to ISIS militants.
Read more at NBC News.
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It has become apparent from the issues of this week that we need a single payer healthcare system. As President Trump said, he never realized healthcare could be so complicated, now that the Republicans in the House see that it is very complicated too! I don't care what you call it… Medicare for all, single payer, or the Australian system, that Trump remarked on it's better than American system, it's time to work towards that.
I agree. I think Obamacare would pass the "Jimmy Kimmel test" and thus any replacement of the ACA should meet the same standard. Period. No parent in America should have to decide whether they can afford to pay for a sick child's necessary medical procedure.
The plan should cover the Jimmy Kimmel test with certainty and should be one that the U.S. Congress wants for themselves!
And after eight years..EIGHT YEARS...of criticizing, complaining, lying, obstructing, whining, harassing, blocking, condemning, threatening, sabotaging, mocking, ridiculing, gloating, disrespecting, hating, boasting, crusading and more, this..T H I S ! ..is what we get ??! This is what our so-called representatives and leaders bring to us, push on us ? Such a sad pathetic waste of resources, of time, energy, money, potential. I can't help but consider the role of hate, greed and carelessness in all of this. SAD...we are, and should be, so very much better.
Rewrite the bill. Take what works from ACA and fix the rest. There is not much or nothing in the Ryan/Trump bill to consider. Be the deliberative, thoughtful body our Founders envisioned. And, do not attack women's health and deny women care. Too much Republican war in women. Why not use data and what works to craft a good bill? Or, do as Mr. Trump suggests and give us Australia's health care. He said its better than ours. Single payer.
I am depending on YOU to keep Trump and his corrupt administration from doing irreparable harm to our Nation. Do not normalize him or his actions. Investigate his holdings around the world as there are conflicts of interest that would not be acceptable for any other president. Call him on his lies. His obvious affinity for dictators is also alarming. He is not making America better. He is making it worse. Healthcare needs to be accessible for all, and yet he and his cronies are trying to line their pockets at the citizens' expense. Please do your job and work for us, not him. Thank you.
I heard that republican speak and he is a rabid privatizer and he evaded questions and gave circular answers. And this whole pre-existing condition issue is not being fully vetted. My understanding is that it only serves those with pre-existing conditions who already carry insurance. The rest of you will pay dearly. I am utterly against privatized insurance especially with no regulation. No thanks you Congress. Single Payer is the only fair and simple solution and our elected officials need to stop scaring people away from it. And we, the compassionate people have to roar about it until we get the change.
Messer is misguided, like Price. Far from providing coverage for every American, the AHCA would result in upwards of 24 million Americans losing their health insurance because of premium increases and the bill’s $880 billion Medicaid cut. And Price’s remark about being able to “select the kind of coverage that they want” is code for the bill’s provision allowing states to sell insurance plans that don’t cover services currently mandated in every plan under the ACA, such as maternity care and hospitalizations.
Sounds to me like there are a number of GOP reps now regretting their actions.
Jimmy Kimmel couldn't have expressed the need for a affordable health care plan for all people, rich or poor. Could the Republicans be anymore arrogant and cold? Their plan will eliminate insurance to 24 million people. How many people will die or suffer due to their plan so that the millionaires and billionaires can get a 35 % tax break. Shame on them. How do they sleep at night?
Agree wholeheartedly. I am a Maternal Child Nurse since 1983 and I am devastated by the cruelty and ignorance of what Trump and the GOP have done. My current life goal? Help vote them all out and get Trump, Pence and Ryan removed from office because they are liars and hippocrates who work for the uber wealthy.
That is a concern jimmy kimmel has and it was just a narrowly focused plea, rant or emotional outburst. And, jimmy was correct, since he did say something about a moral imperative at this discussions base. The right to health services is a right not a privilege. This right comes with the imperative that insurance be affordable to all and quality/ volume of services be the same to all. Universal provision of services may be an alternative.
The Jimmy Kimmel test? What?! That's one of the most asinine statements I have seen period. All who condone this truly have no business in running the country period. How about good old fashioned common sense. If it's not working get rid of it. People should decide what they want not the government period. Heartstrings aside it's time to face reality and get rid of it.
Far from providing coverage for every American, the AHCA would result in upwards of 24 million Americans losing their health insurance because of premium increases and the bill’s $880 billion Medicaid cut. And Price’s remark about being able to “select the kind of coverage that they want” is code for the bill’s provision allowing states to sell insurance plans that don’t cover services currently mandated in every plan under the ACA, such as maternity care and hospitalizations.
Hearing so many politicians talk about how bad it is that the ACA covers a set of minimum coverages makes no sense to me. This is what helps keep people healthier and in the long run drives costs down. They are basically taking everything away and somehow saying it will be better? Single payer
This shows how out of touch the Senator is. This child will need a surgery when he is in his teens as stated By Kimmel. I worked with these children and families at our state. Children with congenital heart disease can grow slower and have problems getting enough calories in so they can be at a healthy weight for surgery. These is not an easy fix. This man said health care for the first year of life. So what happens when the teen needs surgery for a preexisting condition. Answer me that.
It is refreshing to be able to agree with something Senator Cassidy said. I hope you genuinely believe what you said, Senator.
5 Things You Need To Know About The Hospital Where Jimmy Kimmel Took His Son, And Why It's Not A Case For Obamacare By Aaron Bandler, May 2, 2017 By now, Jimmy Kimmel's tearful monologue about his newborn baby son needing surgery to fix a heart defect has gone viral. Kimmel used his son's situation to plead for Obamacare to stay in place. http://www.dailywire.com/news/15987/watch-jimmy-kimmel-talks-about-his-new-babys-heart-elliott-hamilton The Daily Wire's Michael Knowles summed up the situation perfectly: Praying for Jimmy Kimmel's son. And a reminder: no one in the United States is refused treatment for lack of money or medical insurance. — Michael J. Knowles (@michaeljknowles) May 2, 2017 Indeed, everyone wishes Kimmel's baby all the best but it is not a case for Obamacare. Here are five reasons why: 1. The hospital that treated Kimmel's baby is a private charity hospital. My daughter had open-heart surgery at the same hospital with same surgeon as Kimmel's son. Not a case for Obamacare. https://t.co/sWYfkVt3rd — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 2, 2017 CHLA is a private charitable hospital with a $233 million budget. Yes, charity works and matters. — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 2, 2017 Indeed, the Children Hospital Los Angeles' website states: Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution that provides pediatric health care and helps our patients more than 528,000 times each year in a setting designed just for their needs. Our history began in 1901 in a small house on the corner of Alpine and Castelar Streets (now Hill St. in Chinatown) and today our medical experts offer more than 350 pediatric specialty programs and services to meet the needs of our patients. CHLA is a provider of more than $232.6 million in community benefits annually to children and families. As the first and largest pediatric hospital in Southern California, CHLA relies on the generosity of philanthropists in the community to support compassionate patient care, leading-edge education of the caregivers of tomorrow and innovative research efforts that impact children at our hospital and around the world. The hospital has also received mostly stellar reviews on Google and Facebook. http://www.chla.org/about-us https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensLA/ 2. What that means is that private charity is a valid solution to help those who are in need, which is the point that Shapiro makes in his response to Kimmel's monologue. "None of this means we shouldn’t have social support for those who fall through the cracks — who lose their jobs during a pregnancy, for example. That’s what communities and churches and hospital charities are for, as a start," wrote Shapiro. "Obamacare doesn’t solve these problems, in any case — insurance companies have been opting out of the Obamacare scheme precisely because it bankrupts them, and Medicaid coverage has been shown to have little or no impact on life expectancy. That's why more options in health care decreases cost and makes health care more affordable to those who are poorer." http://www.dailywire.com/news/15965/no-it-isnt-immoral-be-sick-or-poor-it-immoral-ben-shapiro In other words, private charities like CHLA have proven to be more effective at providing healthcare to the needy than government-run schemes like Obamacare. What happened with Kimmel's baby is illustrative of that rather than a case in favor of Obamacare. 3. Prior to Obamacare, people were not dying in the streets as the result of being denied coverage for pre-existing conditions. Health care policy wonk Avik Roy pointed out in Forbes that employer-sponsored and government-run health insurance plans were already required to cover pre-existing conditions prior to Obamacare, which accounted for "90% of Americans with health insurance." The only place where such denials of coverage could occur was through the individual market, but even then it was a small number of people. Roy pointed to the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a program established under Obamacare to provide "heavily subsidized coverage under PCIP if they had documented proof that they had been denied coverage by an insurance company and had a pre-existing condition" from 2010 to 2014. The highest number of people who signed up for the program was 114,959 — suggesting that it was indeed only a small percentage of the population who could have been denied coverage on the individual market due to a pre-existing condition. https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2017/04/23/thanks-to-democrats-pre-existing-conditions-outweigh-the-uninsured-in-the-gop-replacement-deal/#d739f6561aa3 "For those 114,959 people, the PCIP program was no doubt important," wrote Roy. "But Democrats could have passed a 5-page bill allocating a few billion dollars a year to covering 114,969 people without upending the entire U.S. health care system. They, of course, chose a different path." 4. The pre-existing conditions mandate is one of the key factors in driving up healthcare costs. That's because a pre-existing conditions mandate creates an incentive for people to wait until they're sick to purchase insurance, the equivalent of waiting until your home burns down to purchase fire insurance. Naturally, this creates a pool of older, unhealthier enrollees, which in turn increases costs. The purpose of the individual mandate was to offset these costs by encouraging younger, healthier enrollees to enter the risk pool. But instead, many have opted to take the fine, therefore creating the death spiral of higher deductibles and premiums and insurers fleeing the Obamacare exchanges altogether. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442190/obamacare-pre-existing-conditions-provisions-repeal-health-care-laws-worst-component http://www.dailywire.com/news/13524/aetna-ceo-warns-obamacare-death-spiral-aaron-bandler http://www.dailywire.com/news/12146/11-biggest-problems-obamacare-aaron-bandler http://www.dailywire.com/news/15346/chart-shows-how-many-states-lost-obamacare-aaron-bandler 5. Kimmel did not provide an example of a baby getting denied care due to a pre-existing condition. Kimmel's monologue, while moving and passionate, made an illogical leap from what happened to his baby to the need for Obamacare. He made vague claims about people getting denied coverage prior to Obamacare because of a pre-existing condition and jumped to the conclusion that the same thing could have happened to someone else's baby. His argument may have carried more weight had he provided a concrete example but he did not, which suggests that Kimmel was thinking with his heart rather than his mind. It's hard to fault him for that after what he's been through, but thinking with one's heart does not usually translate to good policy. There are better solutions to help those with pre-existing conditions than a blanket mandate, but in the meantime Kimmel and all other Americans should unite behind helping private charity hospitals like CHLA to ensure that those in need are able to receive to good quality care. That should truly be something that people can agree upon regardless of partisan differences. https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/20-ideas-to-crush-obamacare-and-cure-americas-health-care-crisis Follow Aaron Bandler on Twitter. https://mobile.twitter.com/bandlersbanter http://www.dailywire.com/news/15993/5-things-you-need-know-about-hospital-where-jimmy-aaron-bandler?utm_source=dwemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=050217-news&utm_campaign=position1
Jimmy Kimmel makes millions of dollars each year. What does he know about healthcare? Give me a break! I know my premiums have tripled and my deductible has doubled since Obamacare was enacted. Roll back to pre-Obamacare at a minimum! Please
Millions of families have affordable health care for the first time in their lives. Families finally can have some dignity. People with life threatening conditions no longer have to worry that they have reached the maximum amount that their insurance company would cover. Bad news for everyone. Insurance companies aren't showing enough profit. Let's just separate the healthy young folks with no pre_existing conditions from the sick, poor, old people. They don't deserve affordable health care anyway. And don't forget women and their "I might get pregnant condition". All joking aside I hope and pray that we can rise above this inhumane, mean spirited, and just wrong poor excuse for a socalled health care replacement.