Work-for-health-care mandate is no answer

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post: Obamacare tried to fill that gap – and break the link between work and insurance – by opening up a subsidized individual market and by admitting millions of working-age adults to Medicaid.This was progress, both ideologically and substantively.And now the Trump administration proposes to undermine it by allowing states to require non- disabled adults to work for Medicaid benefits heretofore provided based on only income.This is a solution in search of a problem.The majority of the target population already work (60 percent) or live with a worker (79 percent), according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.So even if the official rationale for the new policy — the Department of Health and Human Services says work improves health — is valid, it’s superfluous in most cases.Of those who aren’t working, many have care-giving responsibilities that either they would have to abandon or states would have to accept as the equivalent of work outside the home, after a lot of complex and expensive administrative hassle. In contrast with those of other advanced industrial democracies, especially in Europe, the U.S. system of social insurance and income support distributes benefits based not only on membership in society, but also on work effort, past and present.In the realm of health insurance, this means that instead of adopting universal coverage as a national legal standard, then devising a unitary system to meet that goal, the United States cobbled together programs whose organizing principle, such as it is, is work.A plurality of adults get tax- subsidized insurance through their employers; most retirees get Medicare, paid for out of deductions from their past paychecks.Many others — poor children, people with disabilities — obtain insurance from programs whose premise is that the recipients are neither expected nor able to work, which is itself a work-related criterion.This makes no actuarial sense, because the need for health care and work are not necessarily connected.It created the impediment to worker mobility known as “job lock.”And it created a large and chronic coverage gap for working-age, non- disabled adults who lacked jobs, or whose employers did not provide insurance but paid their employees too little for them to buy it on their own.center_img Eight states have petitions pending for the relevant legal waiver that would allow them to impose work requirements.Of these, five expanded Medicaid through Obamacare, so the necessary effect would be to tighten eligibility for that population, ending coverage for at least some poor people who have it now.(A waiver for Kentucky, also an expansion state, has just been approved.)Of the other states that did not expand Medicaid, the new policy would, in some cases, add to administrative burdens without affecting work incentives for anyone except a relative handful of non-disabled adults.And, of course, people who can’t meet a work requirement will not cease seeking medical care;.They will get it as they used to before Medicaid, by showing up at emergency rooms, where they must be treated, often at higher expense than would have been the case if they had insurance.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Erdogan denounces ‘massacres’ committed against Muslims in India

first_imgAccording to a document seen by AFP the victims are a roughly even mix of Hindus and Muslims, based on their names.Erdogan, a devout Muslim, sees himself as a defender of Islam, often taking public stands on issues concerning the faith and its followers. He accused the mobs attacking Muslims of hurting children studying in private tuition centres with “metal sticks as if to kill” them.”How will these people make global peace possible? It is impossible. When making speeches — since they have a large population — they say ‘we are strong’ but that is not strength,” Erdogan added.The unrest is the latest bout of violence over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship law, which triggered months of demonstrations that turned deadly in December.Critics say Modi wants to turn the officially secular country into a Hindu state.Many of the 200 million Muslims in India fear the citizenship law — combined with a mooted citizens’ register — will leave them stateless or even sent to detention camps.Topics : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out Thursday against “massacres” of Muslims in India after communal riots in New Delhi left at least 33 dead.”India right now has become a country where massacres are widespread. What massacres? Massacres of Muslims. By who? Hindus,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara after violence broke out this week between mobs of Hindus and Muslims over a citizenship law.Over 200 people were injured and 33 killed since late Sunday in clashes that saw mobs of Hindus and Muslims fight running battles, armed with swords and guns. Thousands of properties and vehicles were touched in the violence.last_img read more

Andy Murray suggests Arsenal will need to sack Unai Emery and rues missing out on Jose Mourinho

first_imgAdvertisement Andy Murray was keen to see Jose Mourinho at Arsenal (Getty Images)‘The one thing about him is that you know he will win.‘He finds ways to win matches, tournaments.‘That would have been a great appointment.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Nov 2019 12:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11Shares Andy Murray admits Unai Emery is on borrowed time at Arsenal (Getty Images)Andy Murray believes Arsenal should sack Unai Emery if he fails to quickly improve the team’s form.Emery is under huge pressure following the 2-2 draw with Southampton last Saturday which has left his side eighth in the Premier League and eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Arsenal have registered just one win in their last eight matches and Murray, a Gunners supporter, feels the Spaniard’s departure could be necessary in order to see an improvement from the players.‘I actually haven’t been to the ground this season,’ Murray told talkSPORT.ADVERTISEMENT Emery is under huge pressure at Arsenal after just one win in eight games (Getty Images)‘But from what I’ve been reading the atmosphere has been pretty bad, and I don’t think that’s good news for the players, staff or anyone there.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Unless that changes quickly, a change has to be made.’Jose Mourinho reportedly held talks with Arsenal’s hierarchy before he replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager last week.And Murray admits Mourinho would have been a ‘great appointment’ if Arsenal decided to sack Emery.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I love it when he’s in the Premier League,’ said Murray.‘I just think he makes it so much more interesting to be honest.‘I think he would do a good job for Arsenal.center_img Andy Murray suggests Arsenal will need to sack Unai Emery and rues missing out on Jose Mourinho Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

UK minister rebuffs calls for delay to DC charge cap, Budget proposals

first_imgThe UK pensions minister has forcefully rejected calls from lobby groups and opposition MPs to consider delaying a raft of changes to defined contribution (DC) schemes, expected in 2015.Speaking at the industry conference, Pensions and Benefits UK, Steve Webb, a Liberal Democrat minister, said he would not consider further delays to implementing a charge cap.The minister originally launched a consultation in the Autumn of 2013 on capping charges in auto-enrolment default investment funds, expected to be implemented by April 2014.However, after concerns were raised by the insurance lobby, a large provider of default auto-enrolment solutions, the government conceded a delay to April 2015. The government followed this with a raft of changes to at-retirement options for DC savers, and pensions lobby groups called for further postponement having raised issue with the amount of legislative changes in 2015.In response, Webb said he saw no reason to allow for further delays in ensuring savers being auto-enrolled received value for money.“People are saying we should slow down and April 2015 is too soon to give people value for money in pensions,” he said.“What my answer is: over my dead body.“Whenever we get pressed to do something about things, and then do it, people say we have rushed it. We have waited quite long enough. Auto-enrolment will have been running for almost three years by the time the charge cap comes in.“April 2015 is a firm deadline, it is not moving.”The statement comes after Dame Anne Begg, a Labour MP who chairs the committee charged with scrutinising government pensions policy, said it had tried to rush in reforms announced in the Budget.She said the reforms, which see the removal of requirements of DC savers to annutised, and the right to access free face-to-face guidance on retirement options, would be a challenge, and ‘tight”.However, Webb shot down suggestions these reforms could also be delayed to ease the pressure on the pensions industry.“Absolutely not,” he said.“Every year, people tell me why this year is the wrong time. Virtue is always best deferred, I gather, but we have to get on with it.”last_img read more

Stolt-Nielsen Orders 2+3 LNG Carriers at Keppel Singmarine

first_imgSingapore-based Keppel Singmarine has secured a contract worth a total of SGD 103 million (USD 74.2 million) to build two small-scale LNG carrier vessels for Stolt-Nielsen Gas B.V., a subsidiary of Stolt-Nielsen Limited.As part of the contract, Keppel Singmarine has also secured options to build another three similar units for Stolt-Nielsen Gas.The latter has 6, 12 and 18 months from the effective date of the contract to exercise the options respectively.The two LNG carriers are expected to be completed in the second and the third quarter of 2019, respectively.They will each have a capacity of 7,500m3, and come equipped with engines that can run on both diesel and LNG. The carriers will have class notations for bunkering, Keppel said.There is a growing demand for small-scale LNG carriers especially for end users located in remote areas not served by pipelines, Keppel said. Tighter regulation on emissions continues to encourage growth in small-scale LNG projects which are economical and quick to market.last_img read more

Caribbean countries oppose Britain over Falklands

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet NewsRegional Caribbean countries oppose Britain over Falklands by: – February 7, 2012 9 Views   no discussionscenter_img ALBA heads of state and government attending the summit in CaracasCARACAS, Venezuela — The Commonwealth Caribbean countries of Antigua-Barbuda, Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines are among ALBA members that have agreed to block any ships flying the Falkland Islands flag from docking in their ports.At the 11th summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA), made up of Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador and St Vincent and the Grenadines, participating heads of state and government on Saturday approved a special agreement to back Argentina’s call for the restoration of the British Overseas Territory claimed by Argentina as Las Malvinas to Argentinean sovereignty.President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, said, “It is time for Latin America to decide sanctions against this mistaken power that pretends to be imperialist and colonialist in the 21st century. I think we have to apply more forceful things. We have to talk about sanctions.”Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, said, “If it should occur to the British empire to attack Argentina militarily, Argentina won’t be alone this time. Venezuela is no power, but we’ve got some weapons and the will to face any imperialist aggression.”Tensions have risen over the Falklands as the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s 1982 invasion nears. Celebrations are planned in the UK for the anniversary of the Falklands War starting from May 20.Britain has recently sent to the area HMS Dauntless, a Type 45 destroyer armed with enough firepower that one navy source told the Daily Mail newspaper, could “take out all of South America’s fighter aircraft, let alone those of Argentina”.A British nuclear submarine is also reportedly being deployed to the area. During the ALBA summit, Chavez praised the economic potential of several Caribbean nations such as Dominica, with its coffee production, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, with its tourist industry, and agricultural and fishing production.He also referred to the bloc’s decision to maintain Haiti as a permanent guest of their meetings and to have Saint Lucia and Suriname as special guest-members.by Caribbean News Now contributor Share Sharelast_img read more

‘Historic’ SEA Games 2019 kicks off

first_imgA total of 530 gold medals are to be contested in 56 events in the biennial sport meet, which will be played in 44 venues across Metro Manila and Southern Luzon, Subic and New Clark City. “The next 11 days will be eventful and historic,” said Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham Tolentino. “We are opening the best and biggest SEA Games in history.” “We will have 11 days of competition, and I can see the 1496-strong Philippine contingent fighting it out with their every breath and exerting their effort to the last drop of their sweat to bring honor to this country, in front of their very own blood and flesh,” he added. Dancers from the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, as well as student performers from different colleges and universities nationwide, also entertained the crowd. Around 10,000 athletes and officials from 11 competing nations namely Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor Leste, Singapore, and Vietnam paraded in the two hour long ceremony. “Today we stand tall and tell the world that Southeast Asia, we are disciplined, believers in teamwork and we firmly believe that everyone deserves our respect,” he said. A glittering opening to the Southeast Asian Games got underway at Philippine Arena on Saturday in what promises to be an elaborate ceremony kicking off a two-week showcase of athletic prowess in the region. Around 10,000 athletes and officials from 11 competing nations paraded in the two-hour long ceremony. TEAM PHILIPPINES VIA FACEBOK Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha led the singing of the Philippine National Anthem, followed by a four-part production, complete with song and dance numbers performed by Filipino celebrities. The opening rites also showed the simultaneous lighting of the controversial cauldron by Filipino boxing champions and Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao and Nesthy Petecio at the New Clark City in Capaz, Tarlac. Broadway star Lea Salonga, the voice behind the SEA Games official theme song, missed the event due to a conflicting schedule. “We live in a world filled with poverty, a world where lies and fake news take center stage, world where corruption, crime and illegal drugs are destroying the next generation yet we look at our athletes and we see strength and wisdom,” he added. Filipino-American rapper Allan Pineda Lindo, popularly known as apl.de.ap, along with musical artists Christian Bautista, Aicelle Santos, Jed Madela, KZ Tandingan, Robert Seña, Ana Fegi, Iñigo Pascual, Elmo Magalona, and the TNT Boys performed a medley of songs, including the 2018 SEA Games theme song, “We Win as One.”center_img Philippine Sports Commission chairman and Team Philippine Chef de Mission William “Butch” Ramirez believes that the country is capable of winning the overall title, just like in the country’s previous hosting in 2005. BOCAUE, Bulacan – The beauty of a “united Philippines” was in full display as the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games kicked off with a grandiose opening ceremony last night at the Philippine Arena here. “We pray as one, we build as one and we win as one,” Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano said. “Thank you for believing in us that we can prepare in the 18 months given to us.” “We look forward to the power of sportsto unify and as we stand together anchored in the spirit of hope, unity andlove for country, we win as one,” he added. No less than President Rodrigo Duterte, who was seated beside Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, declared the opening of the SEA Games in front of a majority Filipino crowd at the 55,000-seater arena. Dubbed as “historic” and “eventful,” the opener to the 11-day biennial sporting event lived up to the billing as it featured a strong thematic thread of inclusivity, from complex warrior dances to the many struggles of the host country’s marginalized sector. “From our forebears who have shown the skillfulness of the Filipino athlete and our natural inclination to being champions, I have faith that our present breed of athletes will also meet their destiny with success,” he said. “With the country officially pulling back the curtains to welcome everyone to the greatest athletic show in the Southeast Asian region this year – the 30th Southeast Asian Games, I would like to share some thoughts as a 69 year old who has been given the privilege to witness first-hand the, and at times be part of, our colored sporting history,” said Ramirez. “I declare open the SEA Games for the 30th time, celebrating the gains of the Southeast Asia. Mabuhay kayong lahat!” the Chief Executive said. This will be the fourth time that the country is hosting the biennial sporting event with the first three happened during 1981, 1991 and 2005, where the country won the overall title with 291 medals (113 golds, 84 silvers, 94 bronzes).last_img read more

IMCA Late Model awards are new from FAST

first_imgFAST is a division of the Comp Performance Group and manufactures ignition components, as well as intake manifolds, throttle bodies and other EFI components. MEMPHIS, Tenn. – FAST expands its IMCA awards program again in 2020, giving a combination of product and product certificate awards in three divisions. Information about FAST products is available at the www.fuelairspark.com website, by calling 877 334-8355 and on Facebook.  Product certificates good for $100 again go to the other Modified and Stock Car regional rookies of the year, as well as to sixth through 10th place drivers in national point standings for the Late Models.  National rookies of the year in the IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and now IMCA Sunoco Late Model divisions all receive ignition boxes from the Memphis, Tenn., high performance parts manufacturer.  Awards given by the fourth-year IMCA sponsor will be presented during the national banquet this fall or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. “The expansion of the FAST program to include our Late Model drivers further displays a commitment to the division by not only IMCA, but our sponsors as well,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It will be great to add these awards to the growing list of contingencies presented at our national banquet.”last_img read more

Linden Town Week School’s Basketball…

first_imgLinden Foundation wins close battle against Mackenzie HighBy Joe chapmanLINDEN Foundation Secondary earned a thrilling 37-36 overtime win against Mackenzie High School when the Linden Town Week Secondary Schools basketball championship got underwayThat was game two of a double-header which also featured Christianburg-Wismar Secondary stopping New Silvercity Secondary 38-26 at the Mackenzie High School basketball court.In the opening game of the tournament ‘Multi’ began their quest for glory on a winning note behind a top score of 17 points from guard, Kobe Tappin.Support came from Odennie Reece with 11 and Daniel Hutson with six.Delroy Belle was outstanding for the New Silvercity Secondary side with 15 points as Omar Green chipped in with eight.Christianburg-Wismar Secondary’s Kobe Tappin driving to basket against New Silver city Secondary.In the other game, the scores were tied at 30 apiece when regulation period ended, but Linden Foundation, led by Emmanuel Larose who scored 23 points, was able to overcome the challenge of Mackenzie High.Larose had Leon Thom supporting with 10 points.For the Mackenzie High, Savoury Suaving played well for 10 points and Ming Wong also had a good performance, chipping in with eight.Today, from 14:30hrs, New Silver City will face Wisburg in a must-win situation if they are to have any chances of reaching the semifinals.In the second game of the double-header, Linden Foundation Secondary will play against Linden Technical Institute with a win sealing the former’s place in the final four.The group play has Wisburg Secondary, New Silvercity Secondary and Christianburg-Wismar Secondary in one group and the other comprises Mackenzie High, Linden Technical Institute and Linden Foundation Secondary.last_img read more

Brode, Syracuse seniors prepared for final regular-season home game against DePaul

first_imgThe lights were on and the stands were packed with more than 1,000 people as Mark Brode walked onto the field for his first game at SU Soccer Stadium on Sep. 5, 2009.Brode got the opportunity to start and helped Syracuse to a 2-1 win over Cornell.“It was crazy,” Brode said. “I remember I was so pumped. I was a freshman and I was starting. It was an unbelievable experience. It was the first time I’d played in front of that many people.”Now, more than three years later, Brode’s run of four years playing at SU Soccer Stadium is coming to a close. He’ll play his final regular season home game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as Syracuse (11-4, 4-2) squares off against DePaul (3-9-3, 0-5-1). Brode is one of eight players who will be recognized on senior night, along with Mawuena Agbossoumonde, Evans Asiamah, Nick Bibbs, Louis Clark, Ted Cribley, Lars Muller and Ryan Tessler.With wins against DePaul and St. John’s, Syracuse can secure a home game in the Big East tournament. Brode said he is sad to see the era come to an end.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ve been here for what feels like forever,” Brode said. “It’s scary to think that this could be the last game on this field for us. Hopefully it won’t be.”In a career chock-full of highlights and special moments, one particular home game stands out for Brode.The Orange was in a heated battle with No. 24 Colgate in 2010 when Syracuse earned a free kick with the score knotted 2-2 in overtime.Brode had already scored a goal in the 24th minute and was presented with a chance for a game-winner from just inside the 20-yard line.“We had Nick Roydhouse at the time who just always wanted to take every single free kick,” Brode said. “A righty should have taken the shot. He was like ‘Brode, I’ve got it.’ I was like, ‘No way. This is me.’ I ended up taking it and it went in the net.”While the special moments have come in abundance for Brode, his four-year career at SU has also come with tremendous disappointment in stretches.Syracuse totaled a mere eight combined wins in Brode’s first three seasons. Despite the team’s lack of success, though, Brode’s attitude and commitment never wavered. This year, he has helped spark the Orange to second place in the Big East Red Division behind Louisville.Sidelined with a fractured finger for much of the season, Brode has only played seven games and has not attempted a shot on goal for Syracuse. Other players such as Jordan Vale, Stefanos Stamoulacatos and Nick Perea have stepped up to fill the void and take his playing time.Though the midfielder hasn’t played substantial minutes as of late, teammate Louis Clark said playing alongside someone as skilled and committed as Brode constantly inspires him to push himself and give 100 percent.“Brode is one of the best leaders I’ve been around,” Clark said. “He motivates us before every game. He’s a great player as well. He pushes me every day. We’ve got stuff to prove to each other.”Despite the lack of playing time so far, head coach Ian McIntyre said Brode has contributed immensely this year.“I still think he has an important role to play for us this year,” McIntyre said. “I’ve been so proud of the way he’s led this team without those minutes. I have tremendous respect for him. He’s been really the heartbeat of our program this year.”McIntyre called Brode a vocal leader and said he was one of the first players he contacted when he accepted the job at SU back in 2010. Brode was on board with McIntyre’s plan to turn the program around, and McIntyre knew he could count on Brode to lead the program.That leadership has developed consistently over the past few years, and now as a senior, Brode is one of the go-to guys in the locker room.McIntyre said Brode always knows how to ignite his team. After pushing the Orange from the sideline in a 2-0 win over Villanova, Brode showed off his vocal talents after the game.“In the Villanova locker room he led a dreadful rendition of a few modern pop songs,” McIntyre said. “I have no idea what they were. I’m too old now.“But no, he leads by example. The younger guys look up to him and they feed off his positivity and his energy. He’s a young man who takes tremendous pride in our program.” Comments Published on October 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more