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AAC wants to try to poach at least some remaining Big 12 teams, cites TV deal: “We’ve already got ESPN at the table.”
A notable undercurrent of all the discussion around Texas and Oklahoma reportedly heading to the SEC is ESPN’s role in this round of realignment, with one Big 12 athletic director telling The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman and Sam Khan Jr. “ESPN has been right in the middle of it.” That can be seen on a couple Read more The post AAC wants to try to poach at least some remaining Big 12 teams, cites TV deal: “We’ve already got ESPN at the table.” appeared first on Awful Announcing.
Congressional Democratic leadersa multitrillion-dollar omnibus spending package, bringing together their main legislative priorities for the Biden administration's first year in office. Though the health care reforms proposed have received much less news coverage than the Affordable Care Act of 2010, they would, in fact, cost taxpayers more.
Following the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, then-Vice President Joe Bidenthe legislation's historical significance. But although the ACA's expansion of Medicaid eligibility from 57 million in 2013 to 81 million in 2021, are still to expand the program. The result of ObamaCare's reforms to insurance markets was that premiums , rather than . The long-term care entitlement established by the ACA never got off the ground and has been .
This week: Bipartisan group tries to clinch infrastructure deal amid hurdles
A bipartisan group of Senate negotiators is trying to finalize their infrastructure proposal, amid stalemates on key provisions and pressure on Democrats to show progress on President Biden's top legislative priority. The bipartisan group hoped to be ready on Monday to start an infrastructure debate, but signaled over the weekend that they were still stuck on final sticking points that threaten to push them further behind. Sen. Rob Portman (R-The bipartisan group hoped to be ready on Monday to start an infrastructure debate, but signaled over the weekend that they were still stuck on final sticking points that threaten to push them further behind.
The Biden administration and Democratic-controlled 117th Congress have sought to make up for these shortcomings by opening the sluice gates of federal funds. Whereas the fiscal cost of the ACA was scored atover its first 10 years, the health care provisions of the omnibus spending package currently Democratic leaders alone would cost in excess of an additional . The proposed legislation would extend several elements from the March 2021 , but also expand health care entitlement spending well beyond them.
of the ARP Act greatly enlarged the ACA's subsidies for individuals to purchase insurance from the individual market for two years - subsidizing households with , while making taxpayers entirely responsible for the cost of private health care plans purchased by Americans with lower incomes. This will make health care plans on the individual market more attractive to Americans at middle-income levels, but it the structural flaws in ObamaCare's design and may serve to drive up the cost of plans being sold.
Frustration builds as infrastructure talks drag
Tempers are starting to flare on both sides of the aisle as bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on and negotiators face the prospect of missing an informal self-imposed deadline of Monday for getting a deal.Some Democrats are accusing Republicans of slow-walking the negotiations and reopening negotiating items that were believed to be solved.Republicans say Democrats are being unreasonable in some of their demands, such as an insistence on tens of billions of dollars in new funding for transit and broad authority for local governments to decide how to spend infrastructure funds.
A study by Maria Polyakova of Stanford University and Stephen Ryan of Washington University in St. Louis recentlymore than half of the value of ACA subsidies is captured by insurers. This expansion of subsidies likely goes too far in inviting the inflation of health insurance costs, and Congress would be well-advised to wait to learn more about its unintended consequences before extending the duration of the expansion.
The ARP Act'shad sought to entice holdout states to expand Medicaid by temporarily increasing their federal matching payments for the program. But this approach has proven to be inadequate, and Democratic Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock from Georgia a federal back-up option for states such as their own, which have chosen not to expand. The current split of responsibilities between state administration and federal funding in Medicaid has made the program chaotically structured and unaccountable, and so the idea of . But their proposal is not a serious attempt to deal with the complex provider payment issues associated with Medicaid expansion, and merely establishes an open-ended grant of power and resources for the secretary of Health and Human Services to figure things out.
Rand Paul sends criminal referral to DOJ saying Fauci lied about gain-of-function research funding
Sen. Rand Paul requested that Attorney General Merrick Garland criminally investigate Dr. Anthony Fauci over Senate testimony in which President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser testified that the National Institutes of Health never funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which the Kentucky Republican says is a lie. © Provided by Washington Examiner Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, insists that the NIH grants did not fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab and has repeatedly defended U.S. funding going to bat coronavirus research in China.
of the ARP Act had increased federal assistance for states to provide services to low-income individuals who need help with basic activities of daily living such as bathing, walking or preparing food. Unmet are concentrated among Americans who are already eligible for Medicaid, and those individuals typically face substantial waiting lists to receive assistance in their homes. Congressional Democrats are of the payment increase for such home- and community-based services. If the program's means tests can be tightened in return, expanded funding could substantially improve the quality of life for many of the neediest Americans, without merely serving to crowd out private funding.
By contrast, the proposed expansion of the basic Medicare benefit package to cover dental, hearing and vision benefits is far less justified. This proposed benefit expansion was not part of the ARP Act and likely would cost overwhen fully phased in. It is unnecessary, because beneficiaries Medicare Advantage plans covering them at no extra cost.
Adding extra money to American health care is likely to be less politically risky than structural reform for congressional Democrats. But given that high costs are the main challenge facing American health care, throwing money at the problem is unlikely to be a lasting solution.
Chris Pope is a senior fellow at the. Follow him on Twitter .
Texas voting standoff jeopardizes pay for up to 2K workers .
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Donovon Rodriguez pursued a career with the state of Texas seven years ago because he viewed the work as public service and a steady income to provide for his family. But lately, his government job hasn't looked so stable. Rodriguez, the chief of staff for a Democratic state representative, is one of close to 2,000 legislative workers who risk going unpaid after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott slashed their salaries from the state budget as punishment after Democratic lawmakers walked out in May to block restrictions on voting. Paychecks could be restored during an ongoing special legislative session.