The Senate bill — once promised as a top-to-bottom revamp of the health bill passed by the House last month — instead maintains its structure, with modest adjustments. The Senate version is, in some respects, more moderate than the House bill, offering more financial assistance to some lower-income people to help them defray the rapidly rising cost of private health insurance.
But the Senate measure, like the House bill, would phase out the extra money that the federal government has provided to states as an incentive to expand eligibility for Medicaid. And like the House measure, it would put the entire Medicaid program on a budget, ending the open-ended entitlement that now exists.
For example, over the last six years, my children have experienced childhood without viewing the world through a privileged first-world lens. Though we live comfortably here in Ecuador, my sons are surrounded by families that work hard and live simply. There is no internet shopping. There are no big box stores stuffed to the brim with the latest useless merchandise. And Christmas in these parts is about church and family, not piles of presents and deepening debt.
The Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society (ISHES), a JFS partner organization, has been conducting surveys on these “almost invisible changes,” in order to provide a clear picture of them. During the past several years, the institute has conducted surveys twice asking whether GDP growth is necessary or even possible. The results of those surveys indicate changes in people’s sense of values about happiness and well-being, the things that are most important to them, how people work, economic growth, and the desirable state of the economy.
Amazon Just ‘Jumped the Shark’ (Tiffany D.)
Ben Rogoff, a technology mutual fund manager, said: “This is the first major combination of an online company and a bricks-and-mortar company” in this sector of the economy. “It’s the deal that everyone will have to follow,” he said.
Ahem … except it wasn’t the deal everyone had to follow.
The Clock measures how near we are to a global, human-caused disaster. Upon its debut, the clock was set to seven minutes to midnight (on the Doomsday Clock, midnight signifies, well, doomsday: total catastrophe). The Doomsday Clock’s hands have moved backward and forward a total of 22 times; it remains one of the most accessible ways for the general public to assess how much danger we’re all in.
Cleantech Group reports that it’s been a stellar year for its index, with price returns up 12.5 percent through the end up April. Last year ended at an 11.2 percent increase. As for years seeing declines in the index, these included 2008, 2011, and 2014; with the gap narrowing in recent year with less severe losses than during the Great Recession.
While some see the severity of the charges as a sign that someone may actually be held accountable for the contamination, Mays is skeptical. She points to former state epidemiologist Corinne Miller, who was originally charged with felonies for failing to tell Flint residents about a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. Miller’s felony charges were dropped, and as part of a deal with prosecutors in March, she pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor. Her punishment: Writing a letter of apology.
And in a scenario where emissions continued to climb unabated, almost half the Earth’s land area and three-quarters of its population would cross the danger line for 20 days or more each year. While the tropics will generally warm less than higher-latitude regions, they’re also closer to the heat threshold—and for a great portion of the year. Areas in the humid tropics would cross that line almost every day. In this scenario, A huge area of the globe, from 40 degrees north or south latitude would cross the threshold for about 60 days in a year. That would include all of Africa and Australia, and anything in the US south of New York City. (To see for yourself, take a look at this interactive map showing the study’s results.)
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