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Amid California's housing crisis, last-minute bill would let Marin County limit home building 22.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

One of California’s wealthiest counties may continue to get a pass under the state’s affordable housing laws.

Lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow parts of Marin County to limit growth more tightly than other regions of California. The provision, inserted last week into a bill connected...

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High-rise for HC judges on affordable housing plot 22.6.2017 India – The Indian Express
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Senate Republicans set to release health-care bill, but divisions remain 22.6.2017 Washington Post: Politics
The proposal is an attempt to strike a compromise between existing law and a bill passed by the House in May.
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Happy Hour Roundup 22.6.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Happy Hour Roundup
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Draft of Senate health-care bill would roll back Obamacare taxes, rejigger subsidies 22.6.2017 Washington Post
A discussion draft circulating among aides and lobbyists would also dramatically roll back Medicaid, give states wider latitude in opting out of the Affordable Care Act's regulations and eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood. While the House bill pegged insurance subsidies to age, the Senate bill would peg them to income as Obamacare did.
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CEOs Say They'll Sell Health Insurance Next Year, But Are Flying Blind 21.6.2017 NPR News
Health insurers have to let the government know Wednesday if they'll be selling policies on the federal exchange next year. But Congress has yet to tell them what those policies will cover.
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Wealthy speculators drive up home prices in L.A. A new tax on them could make housing affordable. 21.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: You’re right that the free market can’t solve L.A.’s affordable housing problem, and public funds, via taxing developers, are an important part of a larger plan. (“Yes, we need a fee on developers to help pay for affordable housing,” editorial, June 17)

The city could also levy a...

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Kasich & Hickenlooper: A two-party approach to health care 21.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The fate of America’s health-care system, the focus of our nation’s most important — and most heavily politicized — public-policy debate is in the hands of the Senate, where senators get their turn to find a balanced and sustainable approach to health-care reform. It is clear that the bill passed by the House in May will not meet the challenges of our health-care system. This bill calls into question coverage for the vulnerable, fails to provide the necessary resources to ensure that no one is l...
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How doctors in Texas are trying to protect transgender patients from a persistent threat: HIV 21.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

When the Kind Clinic began offering free or low-cost hormone therapy for transgender people in March, word spread quickly here. Within days, the service was booked up until the end of June. Now the next available appointment is in December.

For the patients flocking to the clinic north of downtown...

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Here's what we know about the Senate GOP health care bill 21.6.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Senate Republicans will release a draft of their legislation Thursday, with a vote likely next week. Republicans have been coy -- or simply out of the loop -- on specifics. But it sounds a lot like the House bill.
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Fears mount that Obamacare repeal will put life-saving treatments for opioid epidemic out of reach 21.6.2017 LA Times: Nation

There weren’t always strollers jamming the lobby of First Step Home, one of this city’s growing number of drug treatment centers.

But as the opioid epidemic has swept through Ohio, mothers with babies and small children have flocked to an aging block of brick homes just outside downtown Cincinnati....

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The Daily 202: Democrats despondent, Trump emboldened after GOP victory in Georgia special election 21.6.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Nancy Pelosi was a real drag on Jon Ossoff and other takeaways from last night’s results in Atlanta.
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Trump seeks sharp cuts to federal housing aid, except for program that brings him millions 21.6.2017 Washington Post
The president’s proposed budget would leave intact a subsidy that is paid to private landlords — including Trump, who is a part-owner of the nation’s largest subsidized housing complex. While there is no indication that Trump himself was involved in the decision, it is an illustration of how his financial interests can directly rise or fall on the policies of his administration.
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Senate Republicans Don't Really Care About The Loathed AHCA Process 21.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans are speeding toward a vote next week on their Obamacare replacement bill, even as GOP lawmakers can’t answer simple questions about the legislation, express frustration with the brazenly secretive and closed process, and don’t appear to have the votes yet for passage. Republicans expected to get more details on their Affordable Care Act rewrite during a closed-door meeting Tuesday with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Instead, they got more vague happy talk from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and a speech from Price on what HHS has been doing to rein in Obamacare. With Senate Democrats badgering Republicans about how they’re ramming this bill through ― no hearings, no markups, hiding the bill from members ― some GOP lawmakers are now acknowledging that the process has been less than stellar. When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was asked whether this bill should be a template for lawmaking in the future, he sarcastically answered that “this is ...
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Here's What We Know About The Senate GOP Health Care Bill 21.6.2017 NPR News
Senate Republicans say they will release a draft of their legislation on Thursday, with a vote likely next week.
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Now Republicans Are Blaming Democrats For Secret Health Care Negotiations 21.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Republicans say you shouldn’t blame them for the rushed, secretive way they are writing health care legislation. They say you should blame Democrats. White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday got multiple questions about the legislation, now under consideration in the Senate, that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Almost nobody, including most Republican senators, knows exactly what the bill would do, because leaders have tapped a small group of members to write the legislation and have done their best to keep the details out of public view. They’ve submitted a version to the Congressional Budget Office for analysis and, supposedly, they will share text with their full caucus later this week ― which means details are likely to leak out to the public shortly thereafter. But the current plan is to hold a vote as soon as next week, with a minimum of formal public deliberation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his allies have come under withering assault for writing such an ...
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John Kasich and John Hickenlooper: Another one-party health-care plan will be doomed to failure 21.6.2017 Washington Post
John Kasich and John Hickenlooper: Another one-party health-care plan will be doomed to failure
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Senators to watch: These Republicans could make or break the effort to repeal Obamacare 21.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Senate Republicans have been working behind closed doors for weeks on their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

But not all GOP senators like the emerging legislation — which will be unveiled Thursday — and Senate leaders can’t afford to lose more than a couple when they vote, likely next week.

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Rep. Scalise's injury is a teachable moment — about the need for gun control and universal healthcare 20.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

As a necessary prelude to a necessary discussion, surely we all can agree that best wishes are due to the still-hospitalized House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who faces a difficult recovery from injuries suffered in the gun attack at a Republican baseball practice June 14.

The same goes...

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Likely Senate Plan For Medicaid Would Mean More Pain In The Future 20.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Senate Republicans apparently have decided the way to improve that “ mean ” House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is to make it even meaner, at least over the long run. The chamber’s GOP leaders have sent their repeal legislation to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for evaluation, with plans to hold a vote on the bill late next week . Although negotiations are ongoing, they have come up with a proposed compromise for one of the most complicated issues, Medicaid funding, according to reporting by Peter Sullivan of The Hill and Caitlin Owens of Axios ― and later confirmed to HuffPost by a health care strategist familiar with the proposal. The details remain fuzzy, and may be in flux. In normal times, it would make sense wait until confirmation of those details or, better still, a chance to read the bill itself before drawing firm conclusions about what the proposal would do. But Republicans are doing their best to keep legislative text a secret for as long as possible. On Monday night, as ...
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