Washington Free Beacon
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Former Aetna CEO Ronald Williams said that the Affordable Care Act was flawed and that the exchanges are unsustainable, in an interview with CNBC. Many insurers began pulling out of the exchanges last year, citing that there were not enough young, healthy individuals signing up for coverage to compensate for sicker enrollees. "I think [Obamacare] was flawed," Williams said. "In health care you really need a balance of people who need health care today, tomorrow, and in the future." Additionally, "the rate structure was set in a way that those who needed health care today got the most affordable premiums. That means typically older citizens got a much better deal." Williams said that younger individuals paid more for coverage and didn't see the value in it so they didn't sign up. "We're missing their premiums and that's causing the overall rate of increase to be greater and to help make the insurance pool unsustainable financially," he explained.
Politico
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“That’s really the job of the regulator, and the process that we engage in in adopting regulation is very, very important because it sends a message. In his previous job, Pruitt had sued to block Obama's EPA landmark rules on climate change and the reach of the Clean Water Actregulations that the White House is expected to seek to gut with executive orders in the coming days. Pruitt delivered his remarks to about 100 employees gathered at the agency's headquarters, an event that also included a conspicuous handful of security personnel. The new administrator, who is also expected to seek a 24/7 security detail according to a report Monday, promised the group he would be a good listener. Pruitt also implicitly criticized the Obama EPA, sticking to a conservative critique that it was imperative the agency respect the “rule of law.” He said the agency had at times skirted the administrative process by using consent decrees and pressing its regulatory guidance, calling those actions abuses that happen sometimes.
Lincolnshire Echo
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A PSCO has warmed the hearts of people across the country after he was photographed helping an old lady with her shopping. The woman had got lost on her way to the bus stop when PCSO Dave Bunker came to her aid. Police Inspector Colin Haigh posted a photo of the kind act on Twitter and said: Community Policing at its best, @PCSO_Bunker helping a lady who's lost her way and can't find the bus stop. He later joked: I was going to carry the shopping bag but it was really...
Techradar - Reviews
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In device settings, we currently have the lower right corner of the trackpad set to act as a right-click. Weve errantly triggered it, however, near the top right of the trackpad, with no plausible explanation, on multiple occasions. Weve had to consciously remind ourselves when pressing on the trackpad to stay on the left side of it as much as possible. That hinge, though This may sound weird, or maybe it just means were weird, but lets take a moment to point out the hinge on the Inspiron 15 7000 as the best hinge on any Windows laptop this writer has used. Somewhere along the way, manufacturers quit caring about how stiff of a hinge they use. Its important to keep a laptops screen in place, particularly when a user is typing. As such, weve become increasingly annoyed as screens wobble and shake while we pound away on the keyboard.
Forbes
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The Patient Freedom Act hasn't gotten much traction in the healthcare debate precisely because it is that thing hated in early 2017 -- a compromise. But as the prospects of "victory" for each side diminish, we ought to look seriously at the bill's ideas -- and figure out how to reduce its costs.
ScienceDaily
an hour
Ashford Herald
2 hours
Gordon Ramsay's brother-in-law and other family members have been arrested as part of a police computer hacking sting, Operation Tuleta. Adam Hutcheson, of Wrotham Heath, Sevenoaks is the brother of Ramsay's wife Tana. The 46-year-old has been charged under the Criminal Law Act, 1977 in relation to computer hacking offences. The TV star chef's father-in-law and other family members have also been charged. Read more: Police have confirmed the body of a man was found at Knole Park in...
TIME - Top Stories
2 hours
I've been guilty of leaning on it myself. But the Democratic resistance and the Tea Party actually differ in a number of important ways, each of which tells a different story about where our country is and where our politics may be headed. For starters, the Tea Party was forged as an opposition to a societal reality in our country, while todays resistance is opposed to a political reality. The Tea Party began before the election of President Obama, as a reaction to President Bush and the bank bailouts of 2008. Tea Partiers believed that society and the economy had all left them behind. The movements anger was stoked by the realization that the country had changed to the extent that it would elect someone like Barack Obama and support his liberal policies like the Economic Recovery Act (the so-called stimulus) and the Affordable Care Act (scornfully dubbed Obamacare).
Politico
2 hours
IOWA FALLS, IowaWhat a difference eight years makes. More than 100 Iowans on Tuesday packed into a small farm town community center by 7:45 a.m. to urge Sen. Chuck Grassley not to repeal Obamacare, and to air their opposition to President Donald Trump’s agenda, his Cabinet nominees and his Supreme Court pick. It was here in Iowa in the summer of 2009 that Grassley faced cantankerous crowds — the nascent Tea Party — from the other end of the political spectrum. As he was negotiating with Democrats over legislation that would become the Affordable Care Act, protesters crashed his town hall meetings to decrygovernment-runhealth care. Within weeks of that onslaught, Grassley pulled out of the bipartisan talks. The ensuing partisanship surrounding Obamacare has never subsided. Now Grassley has a central role in the repeal and replace debate as a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee.
Digital Trends
2 hours
Bumblebees fitted with microchip backpacks have offered researchers a unique glimpse into the hidden world of colonies. As it turns out, when it comes to carrying the workload, bees behave a lot like human beings. The post Microchipped bumblebees show that worker bees act a lot like humans appeared first on Digital Trends .
Politico
3 hours
New EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt offered a conciliatory greeting Tuesday to employees of the agency that he frequently sued in his previous job as Oklahoma's attorney general — but he made clear he plans a sharp departure from the Obama administration in the agency's strategy. “Regulators exist to give certainty to those that they regulate, he told a group of about 100 agency employees. Those that we regulate ought to know what we expect of them so that they can plan and allocate resources to comply. That’s really the job of the regulator, and the process that we engage in in adopting regulation is very, very important because it sends a message. In his previous job, Pruitt had sued to block Obama's EPA rules on climate change and the reach of the Clean Water Actregulations that the White House is expected to gut with executive orders in the coming days.
The Economic Times
3 hours
US sets plan to act against all illegal immigrantsThe priority for deportation will remain undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes, but will also include anyone who has been charged or potentially faces criminal charges.
Washington Free Beacon
3 hours
Techradar
3 hours
Nintendo is providing one in the box with the Nintendo Switch, so you won't have to buy one separately. Is there a Nintendo Switch Pro controller? Yes and it doesn't come with the console. But you won't actually need one to play certain games, so don't feel pressured in to buying one. The Nintendo Switch Pro controller is a more traditional-style pad and will launch alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd. Pre-order prices aren't cheap though, starting at $69.99/64.99. We've seen no word of Nintendo Switch Premium Edition console with one included yet. Do I need to buy extra controllers for multiplayer on Nintendo Switch? Possibly not! Remember how the Joy-Con controller splits in two? Turn them sideways and you get two basic controllers, each with their own analogue stick and face buttons - the D-pad will act as face functions on the left controller.
Nottingham Evening Post
3 hours
Voice Of America
3 hours
Forbes
4 hours
The act of protest, where the Davis Museum covered or took away works of art donated by or created by immigrants, coincided with Day Without Immigrants.
Politico
4 hours
A federal tax credit scholarship program could be part of a larger tax reform bill and pass through the budget reconciliation process with only 51 votes in the Senate. Delays in repealing Obamacare, however, are complicating Republican plans to push tax reform through Congress. The White House did not respond to questions on the tax credit proposal or its status by deadline. Details of how the Trump administration might structure the plan remain unknown. But sources close to the discussions who were not authorized to speak publicly say the program might be capped at a level as high as $20 billion, and resemble legislation first introduced by Republicans Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana in 2013, called the Educational Opportunities Act. That bill, which has never passed either chamber, would have created a federal tax credit of up to $4,500 for individuals and up to $100,000 for corporations who make donations to nonprofitscholarship-granting organizations,” or SGOs.
Washingtons Blog
4 hours
By constitutional lawyer John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute . “What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security... This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.
Washingtons Blog
4 hours
Politico
4 hours
Washingtons Blog
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By James Howard Kunstler, Kunstler.com The gaslighting of the American public continues, with Gaslighter-in-Chief, The New York Times , whipping up a frenzy of Russia paranoia.* It reminds me of an old gambit in fly fishing called the “artificial hatch.” Trout like to gorge on mayfly nymphs as they rise out of a stream and shuck their nymphal shells to fly away as winged adults. The bugs do this in bunches, at a particular time of day, according to sub-species. This “hatchdrives the trout into a feeding frenzy. A lot of the time, of course, there’s no action on the stream, so the bored fly fisherman whips his line here and there around a particular pool, trying to create the simulation of a mayfly hatch so the trout will wake the fuck up. It is, to be frank, a crude dodge, really an act of desperation. But at least it gives the fisherman something to do for a while besides worry about missing another mortgage payment.
Techradar
4 hours
Nintendo is providing one in the box with the Nintendo Switch, so you won't have to buy one separately. Is there a Nintendo Switch Pro controller? Yes and it doesn't come with the console. But you won't actually need one to play certain games, so don't feel pressured in to buying one. The Nintendo Switch Pro controller is a more traditional-style pad and will launch alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd. Pre-order prices aren't cheap though, starting at $69.99/64.99. We've seen no word of Nintendo Switch Premium Edition console with one included yet. Do I need to buy extra controllers for multiplayer on Nintendo Switch? Possibly not! Remember how the Joy-Con controller splits in two? Turn them sideways and you get two basic controllers, each with their own analogue stick and face buttons - the D-pad will act as face functions on the left controller.
MacRumors
4 hours
According to the court filing acquired by the BBC , the three news organizations claim that there is "no adequate justification" for the FBI to continue to withhold the information related to the cost of opening the iPhone. The information they ask for is also specified as not a risk to national security if it does become public, as they simply want "to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the event." "While it is undisputed that the vendor developed the iPhone access tool, the government has identified no rational reason why knowing the vendor's identity is linked in any way to the substance of the tool, much less how such knowledge would reveal any information about the tool's application," lawyers for the news organisations wrote in the filing to the US District Court in Washington. "Release of this information goes to the very heart of the Freedom of Information Act's purpose, allowing the public to assess government activity - here, the decision to pay public funds to an outside entity in possession of a tool that can compromise the digital security of millions of Americans.