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State lawmakers and advocates for the poor warn that Trump’s budget will hit hard for California's most vulnerable 24.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

President Trump’s proposed budget would likely result in billions of dollars of cuts to vital health and human services programs in California, state Democratic lawmakers and advocates for the poor said on Tuesday.

“It’s unconscionable and un-American,” said Gov. Jerry Brown in a written statement.

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Trump Threatened To Let Obamacare 'Implode.' That's One Promise He's Keeping. 24.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Donald Trump has been telling us all along that he believes his best course politically is to do what he can to ensure that Obamacare breaks. What you may not have noticed is that he’s actually been executing that plan. The Affordable Care Act has had its share of problems, some them serious ― like health insurance premiums that middle-class families can’t afford, and swaths of the country with little to no competition among insurers. Since the beginning of the year, the actions of Trump and his team have exacerbated those problems. And unless they start doing something different, much of what some consumers don’t like about Obamacare is going to be even worse next year. Premiums will be higher than they would have been. Fewer insurance companies will sell policies to people who buy their coverage directly or through an exchange like HealthCare.gov (as opposed to people who get health benefits at work or from a government program like Medicare or Medicaid). “We could see less progress in ...
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Unique partnership plans Central District affordable- apartment project to slow gentrification and displacement 24.5.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

The 520-unit project planned for the prominent corner of 23rd and Union is the first apartment development in Seattle to use a local community ownership model for 20 percent of the units.
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Here's How Trump's New Budget Screws Everyone but the Filthy Rich 24.5.2017 Mother Jones
In a plan entitled "The New Foundation for American Greatness," the Trump administration released their full budget proposal on Tuesday morning, which outlined an extreme schedule of tax cuts for the next 10 years amounting to a total of $3.6 trillion paid for primarily by targeting programs that low-income and middle-class families depend on. "We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs," White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Monday about the budget's cuts to safety net programs. "We are going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we help get off of those programs and get back in charge of their own lives." The budget proposes a combination of $1.4 trillion in cuts to nondefense discretionary spending—including a 31 percent cut to the EPA —and drastic cuts to Medicaid and other safety net spending (food stamps, disability insurance, and more), cuts to student loan programs, the repeal of Obamacare, and ...
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Agency-by-agency look at Trump's budget 24.5.2017 AP Politics
How President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion federal spending plan would affect individual government agencies....
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Advocates slam Trump plan to reduce aid for college students 24.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Education organizations are lashing out at President Donald Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate subsidized student loans and loan forgiveness programs. They say the plans contradict his promises to make college more affordable at time when student debt is ballooning. The 2018 budget, unveiled Tuesday, seeks to save over $1 billion by eliminating subsidized student loans. Another $859 million would be saved by ending student debt forgiveness for those who enter public service. The b...
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Trump Budget Deals 'Devastating Blow' To Low-Income Americans, Advocates Say 24.5.2017 NPR News
The administration's motive is to get as many people back into the workforce as possible in an effort to spur economic growth, said OMB Director Mick Mulvaney.
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HUD secretary hints that housing agency may ease terms for condo mortgages 23.5.2017 Washington Post
HUD secretary hints that housing agency may ease terms for condo mortgages
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What's The Senate To Do With The House Health Care Legislation? 23.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The party in power often overreaches. House Republicans did just that when they voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a flawed alternative that threatens the health coverage of millions of Americans. The Republicans’ replacement would make insurance more expensive for most seniors, limit federal assistance to those middle-income families who struggle the most to pay for coverage and give states the ability to cover fewer people under Medicaid. Instead of threatening coverage for those Americans who need to most help securing health insurance, Republicans would have been smarter to fix some of the obvious flaws in the Affordable Care Act. And Democrats would have been just as wise to join them. First, eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board. IPAB was established to slow the growth of Medicare. The Affordable Care Act gives the panel broad discretion to reduce Medicare spending once the program eclipses a certain threshold. IPAB is unnecessarily bureaucratic and should be ...
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The Health 202: Obamacare was supposed to make CHIP unnecessary 23.5.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Trump's budget would slash safety net programs by $1 trillion over 10 years
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Health insurers plan big Obamacare rate hikes — and they blame Trump 23.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Health insurers across the country are making plans to dramatically raise Obamacare premiums or exit marketplaces amid growing exasperation with the Trump administration’s erratic management of the program and its conflicting signals about the fate of aid for low-income consumers and other key...

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Conservative group runs ads thanking California GOP for health care vote 23.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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Uncertainty grows as Trump delays a health care decision 23.5.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Uncertainty over the future of health care is growing deeper for millions of Americans who buy their own policies. While insurers released a blueprint Monday for stabilizing wobbly markets, the Trump administration is leaving in limbo billions of dollars in federal subsidy payments. The administration and House Republicans have asked a federal […]
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White House Seeks Delay in Suit Over Health Law Subsidies 23.5.2017 Wall St. Journal: Policy
The Trump administration requested a 90-day delay in a lawsuit over billions of dollars in federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, but insurers say they need more certainty before deciding whether to offer 2018 policies.
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Trump to poor Americans: Get to work or lose your benefits 23.5.2017 Washington Post
Trump to poor Americans: Get to work or lose your benefits
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GOP bill could undercut self-employed insurance gains, report says 23.5.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
The insurance coverage was critical last year when doctors suspected Harvey might have developed a pituitary gland tumor — a condition her mother died from — and she had to undergo a series of tests that would have been unaffordable without insurance. Harvey is one of about 1.5 million self-employed Californians and workers at small businesses across the state who gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act — and could lose coverage if Congress adopts a House-passed measure to repeal the health law, according to a new analysis from the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. The health care law provided many of these entrepreneurs and workers with subsidies to buy insurance on the state exchange, Covered California. The law’s “mix of more government regulation, mandates and controls, increased taxes, and ramped up government subsidies and spending ... mean increased costs, dampened job creation, and diminished economic growth,” according to the Small Business and ...
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Insurers seek stability as Trump delays health care decision 23.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Uncertainty over the future of health care for millions grew deeper Monday as insurers released a blueprint for stabilizing wobbly markets and the Trump administration left in limbo billions of dollars in federal payments. At the federal courthouse, the administration and House Republicans asked appeals judges for a 90-day extension in a case that involves federal payments to reduce deductibles and copayments for people with modest incomes who buy their own policies. The fate of $7 ...
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King County exec wants to more than double levy for veterans, seniors, homeless 23.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

King County Executive Dow Constantine is proposing to more than double the size of the Veterans and Human Services Levy to increase affordable housing and add services for seniors.
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What 'school choice' means in the era of Trump and DeVos 23.5.2017 Washington Post
What 'school choice' means in the era of Trump and DeVos
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Trump, House GOP ask appeals court to delay decision on Obamacare subsidies 22.5.2017 Washington Post
The request would allow Affordable Care Act cost-sharing payments to continue at least another 90 days, but created uncertainty for insurers as they decide whether to stay in ACA marketplaces in 2018.
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