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Scouts Honor: Trump Vows To Fire Price (During Boy Scout’s Speech) If Healthcare Bill Fails

(SL) – Trump threatened to fire his Health and Human Services secretary, Dr. Tom Price, during a speech to the Boy Scouts, which he promised wouldn’t be political and would be about finding personal success.

Trump pulled Price onstage, saying that he ‘lives the Scout oath’ by keeping ‘millions of Americans strong and healthy’ in his role, before bringing up an important Senate Obamacare repeal vote tomorrow, and suggesting it would be the cabinet member’s head that would roll if Congressional Republicans came up short.

‘By the way, are you going to get the votes?’ Trump asked Price. ‘He better get them,’ Trump told the crowd. ‘He better get them. Otherwise, I’ll say “Tom, you’re fired.”‘

Pay Attention: While Trump Is Attacking CNN, Threatening Action Against North Korea and Soft Words For Russia, The Dismantling Of Medicaid Could Be Happening Behind Closed Doors

(SL) –  Politico reports, Senate Republicans are highly unlikely to vote next week to repeal Obamacare and are tentatively preparing for a vote in approximately two weeks, according to senators and officials on Capitol Hill and in the White House.

The Congressional Budget Office is reviewing legislative language sent by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; the Senate parliamentarian must weigh in on controversial proposals; and GOP leaders still have not forged a bill that can get 50 votes. Those factors are likely to push the pivotal roll call closer to the end of July than immediately after the July 4 recess.

“There’s a lot of moving pieces. My sense is the week of the 17th is when we start moving on it,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in an interview Thursday morning.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said on Wednesday evening that such a vote is “several weeks away,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

A White House official said there would be no health care vote next week and that the White House and Senate Republicans would consider nominations on the floor until the health care vote is ready. Republican leaders in the House and Senate originally hoped for a repeal vote as early as January.

A spokesman for McConnell said no final decision has been made.

“We are discussing the legislation with members and the CBO, but we haven’t announced” a schedule yet, said Don Stewart, a McConnell spokesman.

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Taking A Child’s Life, Court Rules Against Charlie Gard’s Parents

(SL) – European Court Of Human Rights (ECHR) reportedly is ruling against letting terminally ill Charlie Gard’s parents bring him to the United States for treatment??? Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition and brain damage.

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His parents raised over a million dollars to bring him to America and the European Court allegedly wants to take him off life support and let him ‘die with dignity’. Pulling the plug should be the last option! Give the baby a chance! #CharlieGard

Backstory From The Sun

Who is Charlie Gard?

Charlie Gard is just ten months old, the fight for his life has touched the world.

major fundraising campaign was set up to pay for pioneering treatment in the USA which his mum and dad, Connie and Chris, hoped would save his life.

The tot is in the “terminal stages” of a disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, after both of his parents were unknowingly carrying the faulty gene.

Charlie is said to be one of only 16 people to ever have the condition and his desperate mum and dad have been unable to find a treatment in the UK for him.

Doctors at Great Ormond Street said Charlie should be allowed to die in dignity and applied for permission to have his ventilator switched off.

But his parents and supporters have been fighting for him to be given a final chance, and raised £1.3million so he can be sent to America for treatment.

His dad made a desperate plea with the court to save his son, begging: “He deserves this chance”.

Clutching his son’s toy monkey, Chris Gard told the High Court: “My son is the apple of my eye and I would do anything for him.”

Charlie’s mum and dad say he is a “prisoner” in hospital and Great Ormond Street’s treatment has been “inhuman”.

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His devastated parents broke down in tears after revealing their final wish that their little boy would die at home has been denied.

Describing his baby boy as a “trooper” and “soldier”, dad Chris wept as he said: “He will fight to the very end but we’re not allowed to fight for him anymore.

“We can’t even take our own son home to die. We have been denied that.”

Mum Connie said they had always vowed to have Charlie come home if doctors ruled he would no longer be treated

She said: “We chose to take Charlie home to die. That is our last wish, if it went this way, the way that it’s gone.

“We promised out little boy every single day that we would take him home. That is a promise we thought we could keep.”

The couple said they had even offered to pay privately to have Charlie to be returned to their home, to have a bath and sleep in his cot, but had still been refused by the hospital.

What is mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome?

Mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome refers to a group of disorders that cause affected tissues to suffer from a significant drop in mitochondrial DNA.

The DNA is found in the mitochondria of cells – an organelle found in most cells in which respiration and energy production occur.

This means, as in Charlie’s case, that sufferers do not get energy to their muscles, kidneys and brain.

MDS is typically fatal in infancy and early childhood.

There is currently no cure but some treatments have shown a reduction in symptoms.

What The New Healthcare Bill Means For You

(SL) – By all accounts the new healthcare bill will only help the rich and deepen problems for lower income families and the elderly. CNN breaks it down nicely and The Rolling Stone made it even more blunt.

People with pre-existing conditions
Republicans have been quick to emphasize that, unlike the House bill, the Senate version preserves Obamacare’s protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. It’s a misleading claim, though: The Senate bill still allows states to apply for waivers so they don’t have to cover the essential health benefits they were forced to cover under the Affordable Care Act – which, in practice, makes it possible for insurance companies to refuse to cover some treatments for individuals with certain health histories. The outcome is exactly the same.

Poor people
Senate Republicans’ bill would offer Americans less money to help pay for worse health care plans. The bill drastically alters the structure under which the subsidies poor people used to pay for health insurance are determined. As Vox’s Ezra Klein explains, under Obamacare’s “benchmark” or average plan, insurers had to cover at least 70 percent of health care costs. Under the Republicans’ benchmark, insurers would be responsible for only 58 percent – that’s 2 percent less than the ACA’s barest-bones plan. The Senate plan also “increases the percentage of your income you can pay for a benchmark plan before it’s deemed unaffordable and additional subsidies kick in.”

That’s not all. The new bill phases out the extremely popular expansion of Medicaid that Obamacare initiated and, even more insidiously, as Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein pointed out on Twitter, “It ends Medicaid as we’ve known it since 1965.” The plan also imposes caps on Medicare spending, something the program has never had. A spending limit would mean less money to cover the needs of enrollees, two-thirds of whom are poorer, younger families with children.

Old people
Right now, Medicaid provides insurance for some 4.6 million low-income seniors, but that number is expected to increase as Baby Boomers age. The bill’s proposed caps on Medicaid spending include annual increases pegged to inflation, and those increases don’t account for the increase of older enrollees or the fact that those enrollees will come with much higher health care costs, as AARP recently pointed out. Under the House bill, insurance subsidies were pegged to age – an ill-conceived proposition that would have increased premiums the most for the oldest, poorest Americans. Under the Senate bill, subsidies are pegged to income, age and location, which means that older Americans will still see dramatic increases in their premiums.

Women
Not only does the new Senate bill end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides everything from mammograms and cervical cancer screenings to STI testing and contraceptives to 2.4 million women and men every year – it also adds pregnant women to the list of individuals who are ineligible for Medicaid. The impact of this change can’t be overstated. According to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, more than half of all births in 24 states are financed by Medicaid.

With all of those people losing, you may be wondering: Who, exactly, “wins” under the new bill?

Easy: health insurance companies and the rich. The new bill eliminates taxes created under the ACA that helped pay for the subsidies for poorer American. Specifically, the Republican bill would repeal the 3.8 percent tax on investment income and the 0.9 percent tax on annual income for households making over $250,000. For the ultra-wealthy – that 0.1 percent of the population netting more than $3.7 million a year – that amounts to an average tax cut of $165,000, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. The bill also ends taxes imposed on tanning salons and pharmaceutical companies, and repeals an existing rule banning health insurance companies from deducting more than $500,000 in CEO pay.

People under 26

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Can get insurance through a parent’s plan or buy independently.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Stays the same.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Stays the same.

Adults under 65

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Can buy insurance on health exchanges, with tax credits and subsidies if they meet income requirements up to 400 percent of poverty level. Cost of insurance is based on tobacco use and age, with the people nearing 65 paying no more than three times what the youngest pay. Premiums can’t cost more than 9.5 percent of income. Those with very low or no income qualify for Medicaid.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Will see tax credits to pay premiums based on age, not income, and that max out at $4,000, much less than under the ACA. The oldest people under 65 can be charged five times more than the youngest, and maybe more depending on state rules. Medicaid cut after 2020.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

The oldest people under 65 would pay five times more than young people. Subsidies to help pay for insurance would end at incomes of 350 percent of poverty level, with adults 59-64 paying up to 16.2 percent of income. Medicaid would be cut starting in 2021.

Low-income nursing home residents

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Skilled nursing care covered by Medicare up to 100 days. Medicaid is available based on income.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Skilled nursing care covered by Medicare up to 100 days. Medicaid services could be cut as states see federal funding decline.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Skilled nursing care covered by Medicare up to 100 days. Medicaid coverage for long-term care could be cut as federal payments to states decline.

People with preexisting medical conditions

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Coverage cannot be denied or cost more.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

States can get permission to let insurers charge more for some preexisting conditions, and to exclude some people altogether. States would have access to federal money to help those with expensive policies or conditions.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Insurance companies would be required to accept all applicants regardless of health status. But the draft bill would let states ask permission to reduce required coverage, also called “essential health benefits,” which would give insurers some discretion over what they offer in their plans, and possibly change what they can charge consumers.

People who go to Planned Parenthood

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Federal programs reimburse for most Planned Parenthood services.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

A one-year block will be placed on federal reimbursements for care provided by Planned Parenthood.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

A one-year block will be placed on federal reimbursements for care provided by Planned Parenthood.

People with disabilities

The majority of Medicaid dollars go to people with disabilities.

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

May qualify for Medicare and also Medicaid.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Services covered by Medicaid could be cut as federal funding to states declines over time.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Services covered by Medicaid could be cut as federal funding to states declines over time. The cuts would be larger than those in the House bill.

People who use mental health services

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Covered by all plans under essential health benefits.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Could lose coverage in states that get waivers from covering essential health benefits.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Medicaid would not be required to cover mental health after 2019. For other types of insurance, requirements could change in states that request a waiver.

Working poor on Medicaid

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia offer expanded Medicaid coverage.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Federal funding for Medicaid expansion phases out, potentially affecting millions of people who are currently enrolled under the expansion.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Federal funding for Medicaid expansion phases out between 2021-2023. In addition, eight states would have a trigger clause — if the federal matching rate declines below the ACA-promised rates, the expansion goes away immediately. That would affect Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Washington. Further reductions would start in 2025.

The wealthy

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Pay extra taxes to support ACA.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Ends ACA taxes on corporations and cuts taxes for the wealthy by about $592 billion.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Similar to the House bill; would repeal ACA taxes on corporations and the wealthy that pay for insurance subsidies.

Curly Hair, Don’t Care! Miss District Of Columbia Survives Healthcare Slip, Crowned Miss USA 2017

(SL) – Back to Back by Drake should’ve rang out following the 2017 Miss USA Pageant. It was a good show with a very diverse group of ladies. But as they were informed by Pageant officials early in the week. They only needed one of the.

What’s more than their dresses, how fit they are those swimsuits and even their occupation or education status is where these young women come from. What they have overcome.  Kara McCullough definitely has a story to tell. Some of it was share through FB Mother’s Day dedication to her mother.

Happy Mother’s Day to the strongest woman on earth. You never allowed your circumstances to define or control you. I often think about how you raised and loved three children that aren’t biologically yours. And when people asked you how many kids you have you proudly respond, “Five.”Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and childve.” That’s a true testament of a mother’s love. Thank you for taking me and my siblings around the world to experience worldwide culture. Thank you for having my back even when I was wrong. Thank you for teaching me to never limit myself. Thank you for calling me every morning to talk before class and work. Thank you for instilling qualities of a leader, team player, and lover. I love you forever and always. Just know everyday is YOURS. I LOVE YOU.

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Kara McCullough works as a physical scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In a recent interview with Refinery 29, McCullough was asked why she decided to go against the smooth blowout pageant trend. She said, “You answered it right there! With the paradigm shift of the competition, formerly a pageant, now a competition, we are highlighting aspects of a modern woman.”
The Top 3 Also Included:
Miss Minnesota and Miss New Jersey. NJ was a strong contender, but in the end it would be D.C. McCullough also funds a program called Science Exploration for Kids on her own. She tells the outlet, “I go to the schools to do science projects, tutoring, and presentations… I hope and pray these moments fuel tgettyimages-651939714hem for their entire lives.”
Deshauna Barber, the reigning Miss USA 2016, was originally Miss District of Columbia USA. She recently spoke to Fox about what it feels like to hand over the crown.
“Excited, but sad and anxious. Combination of feelings when you’re passing over your reign.
You feel accomplished and humble and thankful for the experience. I feel lucky to be able to crown the next winner of 2017.”

While there was plenty to celebrate in the final moments, the final three ladies went through several big tasks before a winner was crowned, but Kara was the one who walked away with the crown.

Miss Minnesota was the second runner-up and Miss New Jersey was runner-up for the title.

In the Final Question round, the final three woman were each asked, “What do you consider feminism to be?” One comment about Health Care had fans nervous for a moment. McCullough believes that Health Care is a privilege not a right. was asked whether affordable health care for all U.S. citizens is a privilege or a right, and she said it’s a privilege.

C_1MPwBXgAAA52nKara said, “I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I’m granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one, to have health care, you need to have jobs, so therefore we need to continue to cultivate this environment so that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs for all Americans worldwide.”

Girlllllll! With #MissUSA being a top trending item on Twitter, plenty of those tweets featured complaints about Miss D.C. losing the social media crowd by stating her beliefs that viewed affordable healthcare as a privilege.

Miss District of Columbia was amazing throughout the competition tonight…she definitely gets my vote!”

“I’m conflicted. I’ve been pulling for Miss DC from the beginning but her answers were… questionable. But Miss NJ killed that part…

“Even though D.C. just lost my vote, her dress is beautiful though .”

“Miss !! Brains&beauty. Nothing in life is free, healthcare = while we do strive to help as many Americans as we can!

“Let’s go ! You are fighting for your beliefs! It’s time to stop having politically correct beauty pageants!

“Miss District of Colombia would have my vote!

“I voted for Miss D.C. 55 times and then she said that healthcare was a privilege and not a right…bye .”

“Wasn’t a huge Miss D.C. Fan until I heard her answers. Now I’d be perfectly okay if she won. Loved her answers

“What!? D.C. STILL WON WITH ALL THOSE HORRIBLE ANSWERS!? Well I guessed right I guess

“Well that’s America today. A POS who says health care is a PRIVILEGE wins . I’m done.”

The Judges on the other hand weren’t swayed. Your Miss USA 2017 is Miss District Columbia, Kara McCullough

The Trumpcare Debacle That We Knew Would Happen And How Steve Bannon Wants Trump To Keep Enemies List Behind It

(SL) – Trumpcare had no chance of being implemented because simply put, Healthcare isn’t like turning on a light switch. It’s difficult and not something that can be constructed overnight.

New York Magazine reports,  The American Health Care Act is a truly horrendous piece of legislation. But it did not become the vehicle for the Obamacare repeal effort because Trump, or Ryan, or anybody insisted on it over some other option. It became the repeal bill because nobody in the Republican Party had a better idea.

Screen-Shot-2017-03-24-at-1.57.31-PM-800x430Reforming the health-care system is an inherently daunting project. What makes health care so resistant to change is that, the worse the system gets, the harder it is to change. More waste means more profit centers with an interest in protecting their income. And more uninsured people means more anxiety for those who do have insurance about losing it, and hence more resistance to change. The political miracle of Obamacare was its ability to design a way to cover the uninsured and to pay for the coverage in a politically viable fashion. The law found a way to solve a political problem that had frustrated would-be reformers for decades.

And they accomplished it against the ruthless opposition of a united party that has used every demagogic method to undermine it — in Washington, in the states, and in the courts.obamacare-trumpcare915If Republicans had not launched a legal battle to allow states to deny Medicaid coverage to their citizens, and then cruelly taken up the opportunity to do so; sabotaged small but crucial risk-corridor payments to encourage insurer participation; and denied funds for outreach to exchange customers, it would be functioning better than it is. Still, it is functioning.

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