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  • Jan 12, 2017 01:46 PM
    Last: 5d

    Senate Republicans voted along party lines 51-48 to begin the process of repealing Obamacare. The vote in and of itself does not repeal Obamacare, but it does green light the process known as budget reconciliation that will allow the Senate to repeal vast swaths of the law with a simple majority.

    Republicans have set a self imposed deadline of January 27th to repeal Obamacare and come up with a replacement to the law, which might be far easier said than done. Many Republicans are already expressing cold feet about rushing through the repeal process before having a clear replacement plan, but it is unknown if enough will go against their party leaders and actually prevent a repeal vote from going forward.

    This is a very touchy subject, but I'm interested to see what people are thinking now that the repeal process is actually under way. Roughly 20 million Americans health insurance plans are on the line and I just hope that Congress takes a deliberate approach towards this because peoples lives are on the line. If Republicans are able to come up with a plan that will be better than Obamacare then I am all for it, but if millions of Americans lose or are priced out of their coverage then I have to admit that I will be sorely disappointed because peoples lives shouldn't be a pawn in a political game between the two major parties.

  • Jan 08, 2017 07:17 PM
    Last: 10d
    I have to agree with you. Far too many seniors have become reliant on their Social Security checks for their only source of income and I'm not sold that allowing the free market to determine the size of their monthly check is the best option out there.
  • Dec 30, 2016 02:14 PM
    Last: 19d

    Donald Trump promised big changes to the Department of Veterans affairs as President during the campaign and whether or not those changes become a reality rely in part of whether or not Congress wants to go along with him.

    Mr. Trump has suggested major changes to the way the department is run with some likely to easily pass and others possibly being more difficult. For example, Mr. Trump wants to establish a 24/7 White House hotline for veterans to voice complaints about the VA and to form a commission that will look into “all the fraud, cover-ups, and wrongdoing that has taken place in the VA.” Both those can be done without Congressional approval and can be up and running on day one if Mr. Trump wishes.

    Other promises will prove to be more difficult because it will require Congressional approval. Mr. Trump has promised to make it easier to get rid of VA employees, which is much easier said than done due to the bureaucracy of the department. He's also promised to make it easier for veterans to get the care they need "wherever and whenever they need it," but that will also require the Congress to completely overhaul the current structure of the VA and will prove to be a herculean task, to say the least.

    The hardest promise that Mr. Trump will be able to deliver on is the "wherever and whenever" promise due to the way the system is set up, but it is within Congresses authority to change that system if they so choose.

  • Dec 16, 2016 11:50 AM
    Last: 1mo

    The Republican Party will hold both houses of Congress and the Presidency come January and that means there are potentially big changes coming to the Medicare program that millions of seniors rely on.

    While we don't know exactly what the Trump Administration and the Republican Congress have planned for Medicare, we do know that Tom Price, the person he nominated to head the Department of Health and Human Services, is a strong proponent of privatizing the program and giving seniors a fixed dollar amount to buy health coverage instead. If President Trump and Congress went along with that proposal than that would effectively end Medicare as we know it.

    Anything can happen in Washington once a police proposal is formally submitted and it's far from clear if the Republicans really want to use the political capital they currently have to push through such monumental changes to a largely popular program, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if we see some big changes coming to Medicare sometime in the next two to four years.

  • Dec 12, 2016 06:36 PM
    Last: 1mo

    This is unfortunately a tiny drop in the bucket and I don't see it having that much of an effect on the people who need it the most. The most recent estimates show that there's currently $1.2 trillion (with a T!) in student debt and a $108 billion forgiveness program isn't going to have any substantial impact in bringing getting that number under control.

    I'm personally of the belief that the Department of Education needs to completely reevaluate what institutions they give this money to. If a for profit online university has less than a ten percent graduation rate then why are they still eligible to operate and receive Federally guaranteed student loans?

    Just about any businesses would be shut down if it had a 90% fail rate. Why are predatory universities the exception to this rule?

  • Dec 05, 2016 03:27 PM
    Last: 1mo

    Applying for financial grants at your college or university can sometimes feel overwhelming, but a few simple tricks can make the whole process much easier for all involved.

    For starters, you will not be able to apply for any grants before you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA. Once completed, you will then be able to apply for one or more grants.

    The most well known grant is the federal Pell Grant. This is a needs based grant that is granted to predominately undergraduate students attending a college or university that is recognized by the federal government. The grant amount is dependent on your financial need, the cost of the college or university you are attending, whether you are a full or part-time student, and whether you plan to attend for an entire year or less.

    Most states also have a state based grant that can help assist students even further. The requirements for these grants are set at the state level and can vary wildly. These grants are also needs based and dependent on a students or families income, among other factors.

    And lastly, many colleges and universities have grants specific to their school. To apply for these grants you will need to first be accepted to the school and have completed your FAFSA. Each school's admissions or financial aid department will then be able to assist you further.

    As you can see, there is a lot of money out there that can help assist you pay for college if you qualify.

    Has anyone gone through the process of applying for grants before? If so, then what was your experience like? If you haven't yet gone through this process then what are your concerns about moving forward?

  • Nov 28, 2016 11:09 AM
    Last: 2mo

    If you haven't yet signed up for Obamacare coverage in 2017 or are looking to change your current plan and want to make sure your coverage beings on January 1 then you need to make sure to sign up for your plan by December 15, 2016. The final day to sign up for coverage is January 31, 2017.

    The best place to sign up for coverage is through the official Healthcare.gov website. You will be directed to either take the first steps to apply if you don't already have coverage or to sign in to your current account. If you're signing up for the first time then you will then be directed to pick the state you reside in to begin the process of signing up for coverage.

    The sign up process is as easy as it's ever been, so don't procrastinate until it's too late to sign up for coverage.

  • Nov 08, 2016 02:40 PM
    Last: 2mo

    Donald Trump has put many Republicans in a very uncomfortable situation this election and is very likely to do irreparable harm to the Republican Party for the next generation or two should he lose this election.

    The Republican nominee has latched on to the fears and legitimate economic concerns of millions of Americans and has fanned the flames with xenophobic and sexist rhetoric instead of offering realistic policy proposals that could actually help those who have been negatively affected by the changing economy and technological revolution.

    Did you lose your job? Blame the immigrants! Did a woman get a promotion over you? Blame those anti-discrimination laws! Did your coal mine close down? Blame the environmentalists! Did your small town get hit hard by the great recession? Blame...someone!

    This is a very dangerous path to take and one that most common sense Republicans are loathe to take, but Donald Trump is not a common sense Republican. In fact, I offer that he's not a Republican at all. Donald Trump is a demagogue that only cares about Donald Trump and his supporters will be 10 times as angry should he win and leave them to fend for themselves.

    Think about this for a second. Donald Trump - a person who inherited his billions and has spent his entire life employing undocumented immigrants and screwing over anyone he does business with - is the "candidate of the common man." How is that? How was he able to hijack a major political party and convince millions of Americans that he alone can fix all of their problems? I hate to break it to any Trump supporter, but he can't and he won't.

    And if none of this convinces you to not vote for Trump then consider this: one person and one person alone has the ability to launch nuclear weapons in this country. Would you trust someone who can not take even the most minor criticism thrown his way with the fate of human kind?

  • Oct 31, 2016 05:41 PM
    Last: 2mo

    Oliver did a great job showcasing how outdated out current system is and I couldn't have agreed more with him.

    We should make it as easy as possible for every single eligible voter to be able to cast a vote. Democracy is about the will of the people, not the will of the people who are able to make it to the polls on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

  • Oct 31, 2016 10:28 AM
    Last: 2mo

    There are 34 Senate seats up for grabs this election, but only a handful of them are considered to be up for grabs. The rest of them are either held by a candidate who is overwhelmingly predicted to win or are in a state where one party (ie California) is overwhelmingly Democratic or Republican.

    The Senate races that will determine who controls the upper chamber are in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nevada, and Indiana. All of these races, outside of Indiana, are considered swing states in a Presidential election. That is important because many voters tend to vote "straight ticket" when they head to the polls.

    I'm interested to see what anyone who lives in any of these states has to say about their preferred candidate or whether or not they plan on voting on a strict party line or if they intend to split their votes up.