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  • Mar 19, 2020 05:51 PM
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    This is definitely good news, especially since this virus is disproportionately affecting the elderly population. My only concern is what happens for the handful of people (hopefully only a handful) who will require more than 60 days of hospitalization and don't have secondary coverage.

    Telehealth is going to be vital in the coming days and months and I'm happy to read that CMS is taking that aspect very seriously. If a senior (or anyone, for that matter) is only experiencing mild to moderate symptoms then telehealth is a far better option than going to the ER.

  • Mar 20, 2020 05:35 PM
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    Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced today that the normal tax filing deadline of April 15th will be pushed back three months due to the rapidly spreading Coronavirus that has now reached all 50 states. The new tax deadline is now July 15th.

    Tax filers are still able to file their taxes before the new deadline and the Secretary encouraged people to do so, especially if they are anticipating a refund, saying "I encourage all taxpayers who may have tax refunds to file now to get your money." But if you aren't anticipating a refund or would rather just wait a little longer to file then you can wait to file until mid-July.

    This is a smart move by the Secretary and Trump Administration. It will allow the IRS to focus more of their energies on managing the all-but-certain stimulus package that will be coming out of Congress in the coming days and not on sending letters out to Americans who didn't file their taxes in time.

  • Mar 17, 2020 01:47 PM
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    Ohio postponed their Presidential primary indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic that has brought large swaths of the United States to a standstill. While three other states went ahead with their scheduled primary elections, Ohio was an outlier and decided to err on the side of caution.

    The decision capped a tumultuous and confusing couple of days in the state that brought about a number of lawsuits challenging Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton's decision to scrap the primary indefinitely. A candidate for a county judgeship challenged her order, which was rejected by the state Supreme Court. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine asked to have the primary moved to June, but was also rejected by the court. Dr. Acton's order remains in effect until the state of emergency has been lifted.

    Desperate times call for desperate measures and I have a feeling we're going to be seeing more states following Ohio's lead. My main worry is what we will do if this crisis, as it very well may, extends into November. What will we do then? I've seen some ideas thrown around about instituting a nationwide vote-by-mail program, but that is something that would have to be instituted in the next month or two max because it would take time to draw up rules and regulations on it.

    I think the initial fog of this crisis is beginning to be lifted and we're beginning to see how much life in America is about to change for the next number of months and likely much longer. Ohio may be a harbinger of things to come.

  • Feb 26, 2020 04:41 PM
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    The World Health Organization officially declared that the coronavirus outbreak spreading throughout the US and the world is now a pandemic.

    While the organization stressed that there is still time to prevent a worst case scenario while at the same time imploring governments to do more to keep this from spiraling out of control. WHO Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that "[A]ll countries can still change the course of this pandemic. If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response."

    There are simple things everyone can do to help prevent the spread of this pandemic, and it all starts with washing your hands. Often. If you are one of the unlucky people that weren't able to purchase Clorox wipes before they were all bought up, there are a myriad of other household EPA Approved cleaning items that do just as good of a job and aren't nearly as wasteful as an individual wipe.

    It's not time to panic, but it is time to start getting smart.

  • Mar 10, 2020 01:35 PM
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    There's no sugarcoating it - Bernie Sanders had about as bad a night as humanly possible last night. He got clobbered in a state he won in 2016 (Michigan), essentially tied a state he dominated in 2016 (Washington), and was obliterated in a state he basically tied in 2016 (Missouri). It's not a good day to be a Sanders supporter, that is for sure.

    Honestly, I just don't see how Bernie can come back from this. He has insisted he is the most electable candidate to take on Donald Trump and pointed to the states he won in 2016 as proof. Last night basically light that argument on fire.

    The only question, at least in my opinion, is whether Bernie stays in till the bitter end like he did in 2016 or if he bows out gracefully and gets behind Biden as he focuses on the general. His decisions now may have a profound impact on what happens in November.

  • Mar 05, 2020 06:10 PM
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    After last night the prospect of a brokered convention is all but impossible. Joe Biden is going to be the Democratic nominee. The only question now remaining is how much longer Bernie Sanders will stay in the race.
  • Mar 10, 2020 01:35 PM
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    Everything looks a lot different than it did one week ago, but, perhaps ironically, the Democratic field is exactly where so many predicted it would be when this whole thing started back in the early part of 2019.

    As six states head to the polls to cast their primary votes one week after Super Tuesday, the Democratic field has winnowed down to two (realistic) candidates - Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden. The progressive versus the establishment. Sound familiar? As Yogi Berra famously said, "“It's deja vu all over again.”

    It's almost impossible to not draw comparisons to 2016 and the ongoing debate among the party's two predominant wings. Both sides are certain they are "right" and look at the other not just with skepticism, but oftentimes outright disdain. And if there's another long and drawn out nomination, which is all but certain, and one side feels the system was "rigged" against them in the end then it can have disastrous consequences for the party in November.

    However, to state the obvious, this is 2020 and not 2016. Former Vice President Biden is not Hillary Clinton and the Democrats are not trying to retain the Presidency, but rather reclaim it. Many people in the Democratic Party and self-identified Independents, for reasons valid and not, did not like the former Secretary of State. Thirty years of relentless negative coverage in right-wing media will dampen anyone's credibility. That's not to say that the former Vice President has no faults, we all know he does, but the level of vitriol against him by the far-left is tame in comparison to what Secretary Clinton received.

    If I were Senator Sanders I'd be concerned how rapidly the establishment has lined up behind Vice President Biden. Two weeks ago he was written off by the media and much of the Democratic Party and now he has the most delegates of any candidate. Not just that, but now other moderate candidates won't be siphoning votes away from him. That, and the primary map is starting to look very favorable to him.

    The progressives are the loudest voice in the room, that is for certain, but it's beginning to appear they aren't the largest. How Sanders supporters handle that *if* he is not the nominee will determine whether President Trump is reelected or is a one-term President.

  • Feb 23, 2020 12:14 PM
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    Fresh off a blowout win that surprised even the most ardent Bernie skeptics in Nevada, the question must now be asked if it is Bernie Sanders nomination to lose.

    Sure, there have only been three contests so far and there's a long way to go, but momentum is a unique beast in politics and it's pretty difficult to reverse once a candidate has it. Bernie Sanders unquestionably has the momentum now. The only question is will he still have it after Super Tuesday.

    My prediction (which I should stress is as worthless as a $3 bill) is this: Biden will win South Carolina narrowly and get some much needed positive press for a few days, but Bernie will do very well in most Super Tuesday states while the moderates will continue to split the remaining 60-70% of votes. So Bernie may win a handful or more major states, but still only take home a plurality of the delegates due to the way Democrats apportion their delegates.

    Bernie will be the unquestionable front-runner, but if the moderates coalesce around one candidate then it's anyone's guess what will happen next. Bernie is obviously a favorite of the progressives, but he has yet to prove that he can win over middle-of-the-road Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents. If he wins even a small minority of that group then, at least in my opinion, it would be his nomination to lose.

  • Dec 05, 2019 02:50 PM
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    The Trump Administration has unveiled a major new regulation that could affect nearly one million Americans currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, otherwise known as food stamps. The new rule requires able bodied (which is not legally defined) people aged 18-49 years old without dependents who live in areas with less than a 10% unemployment rate to work 20 hours per week in order to continue receiving benefits. Current law already requires able bodied people without dependents to work, but the new regulation makes it so states can no longer apply for a waiver from the rule. The new rule is set to go into effect on April 1, 2020.

    While the Trump Administration is touting the new rule as a way to encourage able bodied people to work, numerous advocacy groups have denounced the new rule as unnecessarily cruel and short-sighted. Many states have claimed the new rules would put further stress on social service agencies already struggling under budget cuts and a litany of other issues. And private groups that help poor and lower middle-class citizens have decried that the new rule will make it so upwards of a million already struggling Americans will soon have yet another crisis on their hands.

    I personally think this new regulation will only hurt people who are already struggling to get by. There doesn't seem to be an exemption for individuals who simply can't find a job no matter how many they apply for. There also doesn't seem to be an exemption for individuals who have a job, but don't work 20 hours a week for no fault of their own. For those reasons alone, I am opposed to the new regulations. We are the richest nation in the world and we waste millions of tons of food a year. The least we can do is make sure everyone who lives here has food in their stomach.

    If you are currently receiving SNAP insurance and are unsure if this new rule will affect your benefits then you will need to contact the state agency that is in charge of the program to see what steps, if any, you need to take to ensure you continue to receive your benefits.

  • Feb 18, 2020 02:33 PM
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    I have a feeling the gloves are going to come off against Bloomberg at the debate. Senator Warren made clear she is chomping at the bit to engage with him on the stage and I'm sure others will jump in, as well.

    Bernie and Warren will likely go after him from the left while the more moderate candidates will probably be less harsh but still question his bona fides as a true Democrat considering he has been a registered Republican for the majority of his political career.