Monday, May 01, 2017

TRUMP AGENDA - The War on the American People

IMHO:  The following highlights the ongoing war against everyday Americans by Trump and the Republican Congress.  If you are NOT rich, you get the shaft.

"How cutting off subsidy payments to insurance companies would affect Obamacare" PBS NewsHour 4/24/2017


SUMMARY:  In the debate over health care reform, President Trump must now decide whether he will continue to make payments to insurance companies in order to cover out-of-pocket costs and deductibles for low-income consumers.  Judy Woodruff speaks with Robert Laszewski, president of Healthcare Policy and Marketplace Review, about the ramifications of cutting off those subsidy payments.

"An argument for how Trump's tax plan could exacerbate inequality" PBS NewsHour 4/26/2017


SUMMARY:  President Trump's tax reform blueprint calls for eliminating the alternative minimum tax and the estate tax, cutting all itemized deductions except for mortgage interest and charitable giving, and getting rid of taxes on the first $24,000 if a couple's earnings.  How does that affect tax revenue?  William Brangham gets reaction from Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

"Why the U.S. pays more for health care than the rest of the world" PBS NewsHour 4/27/2017


SUMMARY:  Why are American health care costs by far the highest in the world?  Journalist and former practicing physician Elisabeth Rosenthal chronicles how we got here in her new book, "An American Sickness."  Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks with Rosenthal about the forces driving high prices and what could be done to bring costs down.

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