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Trump move to end health insurer payments may cost feds billions more

Trump move to end health insurer payments may cost feds billions more

Even as President Donald Trump urged Senators on Monday to find a bipartisan deal on short-term fixes to the Obama health law, the consensus among health insurance experts is that Mr. Trump’s decision last week to no longer make payments to insurance companies to cover the health-related costs of some Americans might actually cost the federal government billions more in the years ahead. At issue is the “Cost Sharing Reduction” payments that had been made by the Obama and Trump Administrations – that money helps subsidize insurance costs of some consumers in the Obamacare exchanges. Those payments were never expressly approved by the Congress, leading many Republicans to charge that the spending had been illegal, and spurring the President to block the payments. And that’s where the subject gets a bit complicated. “The Congressional Budget Office estimated that not funding CSR would lead to a net increase of $194 billion in more spending over the next decade,” said health care researcher David Anderson of Duke University. Repealing CSR could increase federal deficit. No CSR = Higher Premiums = Higher APTC = increased federal deficit. https://t.co/NPWFjAKGUw — Thomas Tsai (@Thomasctsai) October 13, 2017 But wait – how would halting an expected $10 billion in payments in 2018, a move that would save Uncle Sam money – how would that lead to such a big cost for the feds over the next decade? “While the federal government would save money by not making CSR payments, it would face increased costs for tax credits that subsidize premiums for marketplace enrollees with incomes 100-400% of the poverty level,” wrote officials of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which focuses on health care policy matters. In other words, different subsidies doled out under the Obama health law would go up as insurance companies raise premiums to deal with the loss of the CSR federal payments – those are known as “Advance Premium Tax Credits,” which can go to families of four with a yearly income of up to $97,000. Who Bears the Brunt With the End of ACA Cost-Sharing Subsidy Payments? https://t.co/pMhUQwvpeC by @larry_levitt — Kaiser Family Found (@KaiserFamFound) October 16, 2017 “The biggest effect from the termination of cost-sharing subsidy payments is that premiums are going up to offset the loss,” said Larry Levitt of Kaiser, who labeled the impact of the Trump CSR decision, “confusing and complicated.” One example of that started to appear on Monday in in Pennsylvania, as state officials said health coverage “rates will increase by an average 30.6 percent in the individual market ,” instead of by 7.6 percent. One recent story from the Miami Herald found that the Trump move on CSR payments would mean a big increase for Florida in the amount of federal dollars spent to subsidize those who get their health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges in that state. Some experts argue that Mr. Trump’s decision will have the biggest negative impact on insurance rates in states that are normally in the Republican column – especially if those states did not move to expand the Medicaid program during the Obama Administration. In recent months, a bipartisan group of Senators had been working to figure out a way to tinker with the Obama health law, and make sure the CSR payments were made by Congress, led by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who told reporters on Monday evening that he had already spoken with the President about his CSR decision. Alexander on his call with TRUMP: 'He said 'I don't want people to suffer.' Those are his words.' — Peter Sullivan (@PeterSullivan4) October 16, 2017 Some GOP Senators have grumbled in recent weeks about the talks between Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), worried that it will contain little in the way of concessions by Democrats on the operations of the Obama health law. That’s a concern for Republicans in the House as well, and could lead to a stalemate in Congress on any short-term effort to deal with the Obama health law. “At this time, in my opinion, doing nothing is an acceptable outcome for liberal policy preferences while doing nothing moves policy further away from stated conservative policy preferences,” said Anderson of Duke University. “I want to get healthcare that’s much more affordable and much better healthcare, and that’s what we’re doing,” the President said on Monday when asked about the CSR payments decision. What that exactly means for the President is still not clear.

You can even buy a HOUSE on Amazon

You can even buy a HOUSE on Amazon

Careful with that 'one-click ordering' on Amazon. You might accidentally order a HOUSE. PopSugar.com came across a company on Amazon that modifies shipping containers into a fully-functional, fully furnished 360-square foot house. It comes complete with heat and AC, a kitchenette with appliances, and a bathroom with toilet, shower, and sink. If you've got the land, you can buy the house for $36,000. But if you’re really interested, do your homework on local zoning laws. Some online reviews caution that some towns and cities don’t allow the container houses. You can read more about the story here.

OU students upset about street honoring KKK member

OU students upset about street honoring KKK member

DeBarr Avenue is named after Edwin DeBarr, a former University of Oklahoma professor and KKK grand dragon.  The Oklahoman reports that the university's student government association passed a resolution last month to support efforts to rename DeBarr Avenue.  Norman City Councilwoman Breea Clark also posted an online petition in March asking residents to help change the name.  DeBarr was one of the first professors at the University.   He became a KKK grand dragon while at the school and was forced out in 1923 because of his Klan involvement.   The university also removed Debarr's name from one of its buildings.    

The Herman Cain Live Lounge Listener Lunch has been rescheduled!  WHAT/WHO: A KRMG Live Lounge Listener Lunch with Herman Cain - presented by Travis Watkins Tax Firm WHEN: Wednesday, November 1st at 12pm (arrive early to claim reserved seating) WHERE: In our brand new KRMG Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Cue Performance Center (remember KRMG has moved to 26th and Memorial)  INFO: Lunch will be provided by Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Cue! PLEASE NOTE: A limited number of reserved seats have been made available for this event.  Please click HERE to request yours now. Herman Cain is an award-winning local talk radio host, author, business executive, syndicated columnist and 2012 GOP presidential candidate. Herman replaces long-time listener favorite and national Radio Hall of Fame member Neal Boortz, who retired in January 2013 after more than 40 years behind the mic.
The Herman Cain Live Lounge Listener Lunch has been rescheduled!  WHAT/WHO: A KRMG Live Lounge Listener Lunch with Herman Cain - presented by Travis Watkins Tax Firm WHEN: Wednesday, November 1st at 12pm (arrive early to claim reserved seating) WHERE: In our brand new KRMG Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Cue Performance Center (remember KRMG has moved to 26th and Memorial)  INFO: Lunch will be provided by Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Cue! PLEASE NOTE: A limited number of reserved seats have been made available for this event.  Please click HERE to request yours now. Herman Cain is an award-winning local talk radio host, author, business executive, syndicated columnist and 2012 GOP presidential candidate. Herman replaces long-time listener favorite and national Radio Hall of Fame member Neal Boortz, who retired in January 2013 after more than 40 years behind the mic.
The Herman Cain Live Lounge Listener Lunch has been rescheduled!  WHAT/WHO: A KRMG Live Lounge Listener Lunch with Herman Cain - presented by Travis Watkins Tax Firm WHEN: Wednesday, November 1st at 12pm (arrive early to claim reserved seating) WHERE: In our brand new KRMG Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Cue Performance Center (remember KRMG has moved to 26th and Memorial)  INFO: Lunch will be provided by Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Cue! PLEASE NOTE: A limited number of reserved seats have been made available for this event.  Please click HERE to request yours now. Herman Cain is an award-winning local talk radio host, author, business executive, syndicated columnist and 2012 GOP presidential candidate. Herman replaces long-time listener favorite and national Radio Hall of Fame member Neal Boortz, who retired in January 2013 after more than 40 years behind the mic.
The Herman Cain Live Lounge Listener Lunch has been rescheduled!  WHAT/WHO: A KRMG Live Lounge Listener Lunch with Herman Cain - presented by Travis Watkins Tax Firm WHEN: Wednesday, November 1st at 12pm (arrive early to claim reserved seating) WHERE: In our brand new KRMG Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Cue Performance Center (remember KRMG has moved to 26th and Memorial)  INFO: Lunch will be provided by Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Cue! PLEASE NOTE: A limited number of reserved seats have been made available for this event.  Please click HERE to request yours now. Herman Cain is an award-winning local talk radio host, author, business executive, syndicated columnist and 2012 GOP presidential candidate. Herman replaces long-time listener favorite and national Radio Hall of Fame member Neal Boortz, who retired in January 2013 after more than 40 years behind the mic.
Trump move to end health insurer payments may cost feds billions more

Even as President Donald Trump urged Senators on Monday to find a bipartisan deal on short-term fixes to the Obama health law, the consensus among health insurance experts is that Mr. Trump’s decision last week to no longer make payments to insurance companies to cover the health-related costs of some Americans might actually cost the federal government billions more in the years ahead.

At issue is the “Cost Sharing Reduction” payments that had been made by the Obama and Trump Administrations – that money helps subsidize insurance costs of some consumers in the Obamacare exchanges.

Those payments were never expressly approved by [More]