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Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress 23.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. Trump’s GOP allies control Congress, but they’ve been unable to send him a single major bill as his presidency faces the symbolic 100-day mark on April 29 — the very day when the government, in a worst-case scenario, could shut down. Feelin...
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Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress 22.4.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. Trump’s GOP allies control Congress, but they’ve been unable to send him a single […]
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Saudi Arabia plans a future beyond oil 22.4.2017 Washington Post
Faced with a crash in crude oil prices that began in 2014, the world’s premier petro-state has a vision for economic reinvention that includes selling a chunk of its crown jewel, the state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco.
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Trump administration to Congress: Stop us before we hurt the poor 22.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Facing a government shutdown on its 100th day, the Trump administration has floated an offer that it’s hoping Democrats in Congress can’t refuse. White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney says the administration would be willing to fund crucial subsidies in Obamacare for the working poor, but only...

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Why House Republicans Seem Fine Risking Humiliation Again In Pursuit Of An Obamacare Repeal 21.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The House Republicans ’ zombie health care overhaul bill rose from the dead once more Wednesday night , with moderates and conservatives coming to a tentative agreement on draft language. Immediately, though, it became clear that the new bill faces even tougher odds than the one that was already laid low in the House and that caused no shortage of political damage to Republicans. All of which raises a vexing question: Why are they doing this to themselves again? After all, their first effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act  went up in dramatic flames in an embarrassing fashion, raising questions about Speaker Paul Ryan’s ability to manage his caucus, President Donald Trump’s ability to inspire votes, and the viability of the rest of the GOP agenda. It left the Freedom Caucus wounded and at war with the president, while moderates had to suffer an outpouring of intense opposition back home. Since then, Obamacare has only grown more popular and the pathway to its demise more narrow in the ...
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White House team’s push for revised health-care bill gets cool reception 21.4.2017 Seattle Times: Local

The latest version of the proposal would maintain popular benefits in former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement, such as preserving the ban on insurers rejecting customers with pre-existing medical conditions.
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Trump is making a new push for an Obamacare repeal plan, even as House votes remain elusive 21.4.2017 LA Times: Nation

Approaching the 100-day mark in office without action on the Affordable Care Act, President Trump is pushing again for a vote on the sweeping House bill to roll back the 2010 law.

But even as House Republicans and administration officials continue to discuss potential changes to the legislation,...

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New GOP health proposal could ditch protections for people who are sick 20.4.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The proposal allows states to put people with pre-existing conditions into high-risk pools and get rid of minimum health benefits for health insurance plans if they choose.
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New GOP Health Proposal Could Ditch Protections For People Who Are Sick 20.4.2017 NPR News
The proposal allows states to put people with pre-existing conditions into high-risk pools and get rid of minimum health benefits for health insurance plans if they choose.
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Stapleton housing crawls toward affordability goal while Denver housing market stays on fast pace 20.4.2017 Denver Post: Local
Stapleton had 425 affordable for-sale homes completed or under construction — about half of its commitment to 10 percent.
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L.A. stiffens rules for replacing rent-controlled units 20.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Los Angeles lawmakers voted Wednesday to stiffen city rules surrounding the demolition of rent-controlled apartments, aiming to ensure that more affordable housing is built.

But business groups have challenged whether the plan is fair — and whether it will stand up in court.

Under a California...

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Denver apartment rents among nation’s least affordable for teachers, report says 19.4.2017 Denver Post: Local
Denver was the 11th-least-affordable metro area out of the 50 that ApartmentList examined in terms of whether teachers could afford the average apartment without spending more than 30 percent of their incomes on rent.
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Republicans base their new Obamacare repeal on a Maine program they call a success. Don't believe them 19.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

When our hard-working members of Congress return to work next week refreshed from their 18-day Easter recess, they’re planning to take up healthcare reform again.

This time, their Affordable Care Act repeal effort has been dressed up with a new provision known as “invisible risk sharing,” based...

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Trump Is Playing Chicken With Millions of Health Plans. The Result Might Be a Government Shutdown. 18.4.2017 Mother Jones
Members of Congress are home in their districts until next week, but when they come back to town they'll be facing an imminent government shutdown—unless they manage to pass last-minute legislation to keep federal programs funded. A shutdown now appears a little more likely thanks to some gamesmanship from President Donald Trump over Obamacare that prompted Democrats to issue threats of their own last week. The showdown involves an Obamacare program know as "cost sharing reduction," which requires insurance companies to offer discounted copayments and deductibles to low-income people who buy health plans on the individual market. In return, the federal government makes payments to compensate insurers for this expense. Last week, Trump threatened to stop making these payments to insurers—a move that could lead to massive price spikes for millions of people and cause insurers to flee from the individual marketplaces. By issuing the threat, Trump was attempting to scare Democrats into agreeing to repeal ...
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Assembly Democrats say addressing the housing affordability crisis is next, but hurdles loom 18.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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Why The Affordable Care Act Hasn’t Gone Far Enough 17.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Robert Scheer interviews Dr. Paul Song, a radiation oncologist and an outspoken critic of the current U.S. health-care system. Read the full transcript of the conversation below. Song argues that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, does not go far enough in insuring Americans and keeping health-care costs down. “It did do a tremendous amount of good, but we need to take one step back to realize that there were 3,300 registered health care lobbyists for the 535 members of Congress, and more was spent in the run-up to the Affordable Care Act than what was spent on the Bush-Kerry election,” Song explains. “That’s why large parts of the Affordable Care Act look like [they were] written by the private insurance industry or the pharmaceutical industry.” Song, who supported Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential election, explains how he has seen many patients go bankrupt because of high health-care costs under the “corporate welfare” of ...
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Voters Back Home Don't Mind If Mark Meadows Bucks Authority 17.4.2017 NPR: Morning Edition
Rather than resent Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C, for rebellious moves like torpedoing the GOP's replacement for Obamacare, voters outside Asheville are showing support for the legislator.
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Gritty Urban Chic and the Politics of Backlash 17.4.2017 American Prospect
(Photo: Flickr/Aurelien Guichard) New York City Pittsburgh, New York, and Newark may signal rust belt chic to some, but this troika of iconic urban places were touchstones for Richard Florida, a self-proclaimed urban diagnostician. Resurrecting gritty industrial Pittsburgh by harnessing its heritage, parks, neighborhoods, and universities to a strategy of attracting a new generation of talent was the secret sauce for The Rise of the Creative Class, his bestselling work on the knowledge economy. Unhappy as an undergraduate premedical student at Rutgers University, Florida’s ah-ha moment came courtesy of an urban geography class assignment to document New York neighborhoods—the East Village, the West Village, Soho, Tribeca. Florida was entranced by a city emerging from the dismal funk of the 1970s and into its own frenetic revival paced by artists, punk rockers, and new wavers among others. He dispensed with the sweat, blood, and guts of pre-med for concrete, asphalt, and parks of urbanism. However, the ...
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In Alaska, anxiety grows as debate over health care rages 16.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Juneau, Alaska • Going without health insurance is a risk. Going without it in Alaska can be a gamble of a much higher order, for this is a place unlike anywhere else in the U.S., a land of pitiless cold, vast expanses and dangerous, back-breaking work such as pulling fishing nets from the water or hauling animal carcasses out of the woods. And yet many people on the Last Frontier do not carry insurance. For them, the Affordable Care Act just isn’t working. For reasons that have a lot to do with...
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Newest affordable housing project in Steamboat Springs sees first move-ins 15.4.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Even before she moved furniture into her new apartment at The Reserves at Steamboat Friday afternoon, Gabriela Valdez set up her kitchen. A trio of decorative plates painted with images of roosters hangs over the kitchen sink. “I’m so happy,” Valdez said. “This is amazing.” Valdez and her family are among the first five households to move into the income-restricted affordable apartments on Elk River Road on the west side of Steamboat Springs. On Friday, Emelanio Castro was helping Valdez move furniture she acquired from the Ptarmigan Inn into the apartment. The Reserves is a collaboration between the city of Steamboat Springs through their funding of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, as well as $400,000 in cash support from the city and Routt County. YVHA owned the building site just north of U.S. Highway 40, but the breakthrough that allowed construction of the 48 two and three-bedroom apartment came in the form of federal income tax credits awarded to the project by the Colorado Housing Finance ...
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