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  • Mar 07, 2017 01:57 PM
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    Senate Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the Senates healthcare bill repealing and replacing Obamacare from the floor after realizing that he didn't have enough votes to pass it. He vowed to make some changes to the bill during the July 4 recess and bring it back up for a vote later this month, but that may prove to be much easier said than done.
  • Apr 17, 2017 04:03 PM
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    bryce28 Wrote:

    You should definitely contribute, if you can. Also, if you make below certain amounts annually, you can also deduct the 401k contributions from your taxes using what's called the Savers Credit.

    You can get anywhere from $200-$1000 credit toward your tax bill if you end up owing. But not money back. It just reduces your bill. Still, extra incentive for using a 401k.

    Here's more info on if you qualify and how much you can get off your taxes:

    What Is The Savers Credit?

    Thanks for sharing this! I wish I knew about that before I filed my taxes this year. I'll definitely take advantage of this next year if I wind up owing money.
  • May 15, 2017 02:24 PM
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    I have to agree. It's easy to promise something on the campaign trail, but it's a lot more difficult to rewrite something as complex as our tax code. I give Trump an "A" for effort, but I don't see many scenarios that lead us to a dramatic overhaul of the way we do taxes.

    Maybe we will at some point, but I think we're still a long way off.

  • Feb 28, 2017 02:01 PM
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    JaredS Wrote: The silver lining is that this proposal is almost certainly not going to become law, but it does show where the Administrations priorities are when it comes to funding Medicaid.
    I agree. I don't see any way where this becomes law. There are far too many Republican Senators in states that expanded Medicaid and it would be the end of their career if they voted to take away millions of their constituents healthcare.
  • Mar 07, 2017 01:57 PM
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    The Congressional Budget Office released their scorecard on this bill and it can very likely spell big trouble for its proponents. They predicted that 24 million Americans would lose their access to affordable health insurance in the next decade, 18 million of them in 2018 alone, if the bill were passed into law.

    I'd be shocked if Senate Republicans allow this to sail through after this report. The House may very well send it to them, but more than enough Republican Senators have expressed deep concerns about the bill that would make it nearly impossible to get through the upper chamber.

    Anything can happen, but I have a feeling the Senate is going to put the breaks on this and try to come up with their own bill that would get a better CBO score. The question then becomes if the House Republicans would be able to cobble together enough votes in their chamber to pass whatever the Senate sends them. And that's a big task concerning the various factions within the House GOP Caucus.

  • Feb 19, 2017 12:55 PM
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    One of my concerns has to do mainly with the question of who gets to decide what projects are prioritized. Every state has hundreds, if not thousands of projects they would love help getting done and I would worry that political decisions would play a major role in picking and choosing what major projects get the green light and which ones are pushed aside.
  • Feb 28, 2017 02:01 PM
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    I'm no fan of block grants because they will almost certainly not be fully funded and that leaves the most vulnerable among us with very little options if they get sick.

    To answer your question about what will happen - I continue to believe that nothing major is going to happen to Medicaid. It's too entrenched and Republicans in states whose populations rely disproportionately on Medicaid to receive healthcare will have a hard time voting to take away healthcare from their constituents unless they are prepared to commit political suicide.

    I won't be surprised if some minor tweaks are made to the program to try to give the appearance that the Republicans are doing something with the program, but I would be pretty surprised if they are able to do wholesale changes to the program because it's just too politically toxic to take away peoples healthcare (as Republicans are currently finding out with the Obamacare repeal debate).

  • Jan 12, 2017 01:46 PM
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    And now the House has followed suit.


    I share your concern about the prospect of 20 million people losing their health coverage. My fear is that the Republican Party will rush through this repeal and then realize that it's much harder to come up with a replacement than they anticipated.

  • Dec 16, 2016 11:50 AM
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    I'm surprised this isn't getting more discussion in the media since this really has the potential to dramatically change Americas healthcare system and we are so far only hearing crickets. I don't think many people understand what privatizing Medicare actually means and how much privatization will impact seniors, especially those who are on a fixed income.
  • Dec 06, 2016 06:10 PM
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    I'm just as excited about the future of online universities as well, but I think it's imperative for people to do their research before signing on the dotted line. The difference between for profit online universities and brick and mortars that offer online courses is vast.