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  • Mar 07, 2017 01:57 PM
    Last: 6d

    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
    Last: 3mo
    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
    Last: 12hr

    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
    Last: 3mo

    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
    Last: 4mo
    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
    Last: 6mo

    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.

  • Dec 05, 2016 03:27 PM
    Last: 6mo

    I'm a former admissions counselor for a college in Illinois and it's amazing how much money is out there if students know what to look and ask for. Federal and state grants help out tremendously, but many colleges have grants available.

    The main difference about school specific grants is that they are often on a first come, first serve basis so it's important to fill our your FAFSA and get the process started as soon as you can. That way you will have a better shot at receiving a school specific grant if you are eligible.

  • Nov 29, 2016 09:55 AM
    Last: 3mo

    I can only hope that the next Congress will find a way to fix this.

    Why is there a minimum requirement for assets in the first place? Our veterans are not financial planners. They were soldiers who served our country.

    I understand having to serve a minimum number of years in the service in order to receive a pension, but that's about it.

  • Nov 30, 2016 05:50 PM
    Last: 6mo

    Donald Trump's election has many people, including myself, worried that the huge strides forward we made in ensuring as many people as possible can receive healthcare will all be for naught. That fear is even more exasperated by Donald Trump's choosing ardent Obamacare critic Tom Price to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the federal department tasked with overseeing Obamacare. While I am very concerned about what lies ahead, I think it's very important to make sure President-Elect Trump, Tom Price, and Congressional Republicans understand that taking away healthcare from millions of Americans sounds great in theory, but it will very likely come back to bite them where the sun don't shine in reality.

    It is no secret that Congressional Republicans don't like the Affordable Care Act. It's easy to do so when you are in the minority. But now Republicans will soon be in control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency and will actually be able to dismantle the program. That is a very scary prospect for millions of Americans who may see their insurance taken away from them simply because they aren't rich enough to afford care.

    Republicans have been promising that they will keep the popular portions of the law while doing away with the unpopular ones, but the problem here is that they aren't explaining how they will pay for anything. It's great to do away with the tax penalty for not getting coverage in theory, but what happens when healthy people don't sign up for coverage?

    So I hope Republicans will remind themselves of the prophetic words of Colin Powell shortly before the Iraq invasion: if you break it, you own it.

  • Nov 08, 2016 02:40 PM
    Last: 7mo

    I come from a family of straight ticket Republicans (with me being the exception) and this year seems to have really shook many of my family members to their core. My parents and brother lean more on the economically conservative side and not on the "burn everything down" side of the Republican Party.

    My mom told me that she is crossing the aisle to vote for Hillary, but my dad and brother have kept quiet about how they plan to vote. I have a feeling there are a lot of conservative/Republican families out there that are struggling with the same issue this year.