How will the states figure all this out? Tara Straw at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities tells me, “Part of California’s protection of abortion services is wrapped up in courts’ interpretation of its constitution. That makes it all much more complicated for the state.” I queried University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley, a health-care expert, who floated some theories but no firm conclusions. “At a minimum,” he says, “you’d want an answer to that question before passing a major piece of legislation that could affect hundreds of thousands of Californians.” … [Read more...] about Health-Care Experts Keep Finding New Terrible Things in the Republicans’ Shoddy Repeal Bill
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Biden supports banning only new oil and gas permits, fracking included, on federal land. But most U.S. production is on private land — the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says production on federal land accounted for less than 10% of oil and gas in 2018. … [Read more...] about AP fact check: Trump, GOP distort on health care, voting fraud
When House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows confidently told reporters last week that Republicans were “growing closer to a consensus” on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, many eyebrows were raised. What, specifically, had produced a breakthrough in the deadlock between Freedom Caucus members, who want to gut the core requirements of the Affordable Care Act, and Republican moderates, who want none of that? … [Read more...] about Deal to Revive Zombie Trumpcare Keeps Slipping Away
Yet poor people will still get old and sick and need to go somewhere. Investors and owners will be just fine. The equity money will wander with them into the wider field of assisted living facilities (ALFs) where regulations are virtually non-existent, and Memory Care units where business is booming because of Alzheimer’s. In these facilities, COVID numbers are rarely counted, there are no staffing ratios, and workers get paid even less. Nursing homes will not go away, they will just get worse. As an essential over-flow valve for hospitals, they continue to provide post-acute care. But their residents will get sicker, the margins will get slimmer, and caregivers will suffer. … [Read more...] about Nursing Home Workers Were Underpaid, Overworked, and Denied PPE. And Then COVID Hit.
Your budget accounts for necessities like housing payments, groceries and insurance; factors in discretionary expenses like cable or ordering takeout; and leaves room for savings and debt repayment. (The 50/30/20 budget, which divvies up spending into those three buckets, can help you get started.) … [Read more...] about Millennial Money: Is moving now your best financial move?