opinion Tom Valenti Published 10:24 PM EST Nov 5, 2018 If you are a municipal employee of Sterling Heights, Kalamazoo, or Grand Rapids, you are earning $3,000-$5,000 more today than in 2010. Not true, you say? It is true. But, likely, you do not notice your bump in pay because it has come in the form of higher cost health care benefits instead of take-home pay. Those cities, just like most of the other cities, towns, and counties in Michigan, are each paying at least $3,000 more per employee to provide health benefits in 2018 than they were in 2010. Even more alarming to citizens and municipal leadership should be the fact that by the year 2040, Sterling Heights will spend 25 percent of its property tax revenue on active employee health care benefits, Kalamazoo 73 percent, and Grand Rapids 113 percent, assuming that both property tax revenue and health care costs continue to grow at the same rates they have since 2010 for each respective … [Read more...] about Opinion: The scary municipal employee health care reality
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Trump's negatives add upRe: "Trump says he erred in remark with Putin — Amid furor, he now says he agrees with intel agencies' view that Russians interfered," Wednesday news story. I have been a Donald Trump backer from the beginning. Skeptical now! Ever aware of the multitude of falsehoods he's spoken. But name a politician who doesn't misrepresent the truth — and often.Trump's accomplishments since he's been in office are overwhelming: jobs, tax reductions, economy, etc. But his appearance with President Valdimir Putin after their meeting showed the real Trump. He looked like a "whipped pup" when he entered the room. He wasn't the same old in-your-face, fiery, argumentative name-caller as before. His demeanor completely changed. He was soft-spoken, congenial and docile.Methinks Putin unloaded on him in the earlier private meeting, maybe making Trump aware that he had enough uncomplimentary information to completely destroy his personal reputation and … [Read more...] about Letters: Double negative, Democrats, Judge Kavanaugh, homeless in Dallas, health care, LGBTQ community
Paige Winfield Cunningham, The Washington Post Published 11:03 am PDT, Friday, July 6, 2018 A year and a half into the Trump presidency, Republicans haven't managed to dramatically remake the U.S. health-care system as they promised. That said, there's a whole bucket of smaller ways their rule is reshaping the way government health-care programs work and the coverage and care that is available to Americans. We've covered many of these efforts - from all the drama over cost-sharing subsidies to Medicaid work requirements to the White House's drug plan - hopefully demystifying complicated policy and politics. Here are some health policy questions to watch: 1. How are the Obamacare marketplaces shaping up for next year? Recommended Video: Now Playing: US President Donald Trump has sparked controversy by claiming Britain’s publicly-funded healthcare system was “going broke and not working”. He was using the National Health Service (NHS) to make a … [Read more...] about The Health 202: Here are the key health-care questions to watch in the months ahead
Prince Harry and Meghan Markel meet wellwishers as they visit Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, in London. The public has warmed to this refreshingly real royal-to-be, who seems to be having a positive influence on Harry. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty World On a sunny day this April, teenage girls from a local school were having a picnic in a park. I was on a bench near them, reading a book, until the noise got too much. The students were in uniform, easy with one another and bursting with adolescent enthusiasm. They reflected London’s infinite class, race and ethnic variety. Some had clustered around a lovely, mixed-race girl and were weaving wild flowers around her curly hair: “Straighten your hair,” one said. “You’ll look just like Meghan!” They took selfies, squealed over sites for bridal gowns and pored over celeb mags with pictures of Meghan Markle. Idolized and envied by them, she was the luckiest woman in the world. The girl with the … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle And Prince Harry: Can the Royal Wedding Change Centuries of Racism and Classism in Britain?
THE PROGNOSIS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise) The Trump administration is trying its darndest to rewrite Obamacare since Congress has largely failed to erase it. Officials yesterday took their biggest steps yet to roll back the health-care law’s regulations, showing they’re intent on dampening the law's effects wherever possible. States will get much more wiggle room in determining whether plans are generous enough to meet Affordable Care Act standards. Some insurers could be allowed to spend more on overhead. And more Americans may duck the law’s individual mandate to buy coverage. That's all according to a massive, final notice the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued late Monday afternoon. “Ultimately the law needs congressional action to repeal, but until the law changes we won’t stand idly by as Americans suffer,” CMS Administrator … [Read more...] about The Health 202: Trump health officials rewrite big Obamacare rules