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Wellness visits to struggling parents face budget cuts 19.4.2014 Seattle Times: Health
A federal program authorized by the 2010 Affordable Care Act sends nurses, social workers and others into homes where outside help might improve a child’s future. The expiration of the nurse-visit program has been looming at the end of the current fiscal year in September.
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Republicans Aren't Moving On From Obamacare 19.4.2014 Politics on
The Republican National Committee sent a message to President Barack Obama Friday: the GOP is not moving on from Obamacare. The Republicans' message came in the form of a web video , posted one day after the president announced 8 million people had signed up for private health insurance using the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. During the announcement, Obama said it was time for Republicans "to move on to something else," and chastised states that chose not to expand Medicaid "for no other reason than political spite" against him. "You have 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states, zero cost to these states, other than ideological reasons, they have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens," Obama said during a press conference Thursday. "That's wrong. It should stop. Those folks should be able to get health insurance like everybody else." Republicans argued that "Americans don't think it's time to move on" in the video. ...
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In The Age of Faux Populism, Where Are the Real Pitchforks? 18.4.2014 Views
Robert Borosage

Americans are in a surly mood, confronting rules they feel are rigged against them. President Barack Obama captured this populist temper in his re-election campaign.

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Obama: Health plan ‘is working’ and many enrollees are young 18.4.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
President Obama announced Thursday that 8 million people had signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and that 35 percent of them were under the age of 35, countering those who predicted that it would attract mainly older and sicker people.
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Obama touts 8 million health care sign-ups 18.4.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
Countering the critics’ predictions, about 35% of new enrollees are under 35.
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Obama: Affordable Care Act enrollment hits 8 million 18.4.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
"This thing is working," he told reporters at a White House briefing on Thursday.
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Steamboat single-family home supply low under $450,000 17.4.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Recent analysis from Zillow , a real estate website, shows that while the affordability of homes nationwide is better now than before the real estate bubble, prices in certain major metros are departing from what’s affordable with area incomes. In Steamboat Springs, prices for single-family homes have faced upward pressure in the past year and increasingly are concentrated above the threshold for what’s considered affordable. The standard definition for affordable is spending less than 30 percent of income on housing. The area median income for Steamboat Springs is $64,400 per year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. At that income level, a mortgage payment would need to be about $1,600 or less to be considered affordable. While mortgage rates remain historically low, they’ve started to show signs of creeping up, and down payments in the neighborhood of 20 percent of the purchase price are more likely to be required now than during the bubble. According to Zillow’s mortgage rate calculator, a ...
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Bill seeks to ease California's affordability housing crisis 16.4.2014 LA Times: Business
SB 391 would fund more than 10,000 subsidized homes a year through a new fee on recording real estate documents. Critics say it unfairly saddles homeowners and businesses with added costs. Most Californians can't afford their ...
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Settlement Prevents Apartments' Foreclosure 15.4.2014 Wall St. Journal: Policy
The owners of 1,700 below-market apartments in New York City have struck a deal with their lenders and the state attorney general's office to rescue the portfolio from ...
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Obamacare cost forecast is reduced 7% by U.S. fiscal watchdog 15.4.2014 LA Times: Business
Lower-than-expected health insurance premiums will save the federal government $104 billion in subsidies over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office says. WASHINGTON — Lower-than-expected health insurance premiums under Obamacare will help cut the long-term cost of the program 7% over the next decade, according to the latest report from the Congressional Budget ...
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In many cities across the U.S., rent is growing out of reach 15.4.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
An analysis for The New York Times by Zillow found 90 cities, including Seattle, where the median rent — not including utilities — was now more than 30 percent of the median gross income.
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There's Something Oddly Familiar In This 1853 Article About NYC Rent 15.4.2014 Yahoo: Business

There's Something Oddly Familiar In This 1853 Article About NYC RentIt's no secret that New York City rent is too damn high.

CBO slightly lowers U.S. deficit estimates as health subsidies fall 15.4.2014 Health
By David Lawder and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will cost slightly less than previously thought, helping to slow down the forecast growth of U.S. deficits over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said on Monday. The non-partisan CBO, in revisions to its annual budget estimates, said the reduced subsidy cost estimates partly reflect lower premiums now being charged in government-run "Obamacare" exchanges and accommodations that allow previously canceled health plans to be extended. The reduced health cost estimates made up the bulk of a $286 billion reduction in CBO's cumulative deficit forecast for fiscal years 2015 through 2024, compared with a forecast in February, to $7.62 ...
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Newt Gingrich Slams Kathleen Sebelius, Democrats As 'Nut-Cake Ideologues' 14.4.2014 Politics on
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Newt Gingrich isn't holding back in his criticism of the Cabinet secretary and others behind the troubled rollout of the health care law.

The former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) and other Democrats are "nut-cake ideologues" and less than competent. Gingrich is among the prominent Republicans appearing at a gathering of conservatives in New Hampshire on Saturday.

Gingrich and other speakers attacked the health law — and a central piece of the GOP's strategy heading into the fall elections.

Sebelius just announced that she's leaving the Obama administration.

The White House says 7.5 million people signed up for coverage under the health overhaul despite the glitches.
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Triumph of the Drill: How Big Oil Clings to Billions in Government Giveaways 14.4.2014 Mother Jones
Advertise on Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. Once intended to jump-start struggling domestic drillers, these incentives have become a tidy bonus for some of the world's most profitable companies. Taxpayers currently subsidize the oil industry by as much as $4.8 billion a year, with about half of that going to the big five oil companies—ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP, and ConocoPhillips—which get an average tax break of $3.34 on every barrel of domestic crude they produce. With Washington looking under the couch cushions for sources of new revenue, oil prices topping $100 a barrel, and the world feeling the heat from its dependence on fossil fuels, there's been a renewed push to close these decades-old loopholes. But history suggests that Big Oil won't let go of its perks without a brawl.   There Will Be Subsidies How the oil companies hit a gusher of tax ...
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A Brief History of Big Tax Breaks for Oil Companies 14.4.2014 Mother Jones
Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. How it all got started: 1916 The petroleum industry takes off as Americans' love affair with the automobile begins. A new tax provision allows oil companies to write off dry holes as well as all "intangible drilling costs" in their first year of exploration. Over the next 15 years, oil and gas subsidies will average $1.9 billion a year in today's dollars. 1926 Congress approves the "depletion allowance," which lets oil producers deduct more than a quarter of their gross revenues. Texas Sen. Tom Connally, who sponsored the break, later admits, "We could have taken a 5 or 10 percent figure, but we grabbed 27.5 percent because we were not only hogs but the odd figure made it appear as though it was scientifically arrived at." 1937 Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau calls the depletion allowance "perhaps the most glaring loophole" in the tax code. ...
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A political scuffle over vacant Point Breeze lots 14.4.2014 News
PHILADELPHIA City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson said he recently stopped the sale of two vacant city-owned lots in Point Breeze to a developer because the parcels were a good fit for a new affordable-housing strategy.
Hunger growing among college students, schools find 13.4.2014 News

WASHINGTON -- When Paul Vaughn, an economics major, was in his third year at George Mason University, he decided to save money by moving off campus. He figured that skipping the basic campus meal plan, which costs $1,575 for 10 meals a week each semester, and buying his own food, would make life easier.

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For HHS hot seat, Obama chooses Burwell, a budget wonk - Washington Post 12.4.2014 Top Stories - Google News
For HHS hot seat, Obama chooses Burwell, a budget wonk Washington Post In selecting Sylvia Mathews Burwell to direct the government's largest domestic agency, President Obama did not turn to the ranks that have often filled the post of secretary of health and human services — members of Congress, governors, experts in ...
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Op-ed: Many low-income kids need more computer time, not less 12.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
As parents, we spend countless hours trying to keep our kids balanced, so that they get just the right mix of physical and mental stimulation. Sometimes that means limiting their computer and Internet time so they can play outdoors or focus on something other than a screen. I know I hear myself say this at least three times a week at home with my own two children. But what about kids who don’t have as much digital access as ours? What about kids who don’t own computers, whose families don’t su...
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