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Understanding The Republican Health Care Debacle

The first thing to remember is that the Republican position on health care, from the start, was to have NO health care legislation. They wanted to leave it all to market forces, never mind the many millions of people who had no insurance, or the insurance companies imposing, on people who did have coverage, things like lifetime coverage limits, pre-existing condition restrictions, etc.

Therefore, because the Republican position was to have NO health care legislation, when the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, for short) was introduced, their goal was to defeat it, as they had the earlier Clinton proposal at the end of the 20th century, and remain at the status quo, even if it meant tens of millions of people would remain uncovered by insurance and, as a result, without access to health care.

But they weren’t able to defeat Obamacare. Once it passed, and they were unable to overturn it in the courts, their effort over the past seven years had to change.  Now they could no longer credibly work to repeal it, to go back to a time before it passed, to return to the situation that would have existed had they defeated Obamacare, as they had the earlier Clinton bill.  As a result, their campaign to repeal became, had to become, a campaign to repeal and replace.

This was because of an insufficiently recognized political reality: the inertia of partial progress.  This reality was perhaps best exemplified by the old Robert Moses “get the legislature to authorize the first ten miles of the 100-mile road, and it will be very difficult, and as a practical matter probably impossible, for them subsequently to refuse to authorize the remaining 90 miles, once the first 10 miles are built.”

That reality was also why, once Social Security was enacted, with all its omissions and imperfections, it has proved impossible to do away with, and it has been expanded instead.  This is because once lots of people receive benefits, they come to believe they are entitled to them, they get used to and dependent upon them, they see them as normal and as theirs by right, and even though they might not have clamored for such benefits before they were enacted, once they are enacted and people get used to them, they cannot politically be taken away, at least not easily.  This is particularly true of the benefits that inure to an electorally potent constituency.

That may have been the mistake made in 1969-1970 by liberal opponents of Nixon’s proposed negative income tax, designed at the time as an entitlement to replace discretionary welfare payments. Although the politics were complicated, and constantly shifting, at least some of the liberal opposition back then was based on the ground that the amounts of the proposed negative tax payments were insufficient. They were insufficient, but once enacted, and written into the tax code, they would have probably become less politically vulnerable than discretionary welfare payments, and the amounts probably would have increased over time.

That’s also why it’s hard, if not impossible, to eliminate mortgage interest and real-estate tax deductions for homeowners, despite the fact that it is a subsidy not provided to renters, even though they pay a portion of their landlords’ mortgage interest payments and real-estate taxes that is factored into their rents.

Benefits that are difficult, or nearly impossible, to initiate are even more difficult, if not impossible, to take away once people have them. That is why it is politically critical to initiate benefits, even if imperfectly or flawed.

Early law is like cement: once it is there, everyone has to stand on it, and build on top of it.

Thus, once the Republicans failed to defeat Obamacare legislatively, or to block it judicially, and many millions of people previously uncovered began to benefit from it, and to rely on such benefits, once such benefits became normalized and part of people’s calculus of expectations, the GOP strategy of simply repealing Obamacare, and returning to a time prior to Obamacare, became impossible. Now the Republicans stood on different ground.  The strategy of Repeal had to be changed to a strategy of Repeal and Replace. Now, if they wanted to get rid of Obamacare, they would have to do something they never had to do before: propose something better.

But as long as the Republicans were powerless to actually do anything about Obamacare except fume and fulminate and rile up their constituencies, they never had to confront the REPLACE part. That is, without control of both houses of Congress and the presidency, the distinction between “repeal” and “repeal and replace” was academic, and politically inconsequential. As long as they were powerless to defeat Obamacare, a singular strategy of REPEAL, which only required them to say NO over and over again, to pass more than 60 bills, all of them futile, repealing Obamacare, without ever having to offer an alternative to replace it, had only positive political consequences (rallying their troops with the delusion that they could return to a pre-Obamacare time) and no negative consequence, because they had no need to propose an alternative (in the pre-Obamacare time, no alternative was necessary, because the Republican position was that no health care legislation was necessary, and because no one had yet had any benefits from such legislation, there was no substantial pushback politically).

NO was enough; YES to something else wasn’t yet politically required.  And so the GOP remained united around NO.

Early law is like cement: once it is there, everyone has to stand on it, and build on top of it.

But once they gained control of both houses of Congress and the presidency, Republicans were confronted by the distinction. Now, they owned the issue. Now, they couldn’t just repeal, because now repeal by itself would strip too many people, including, critically, many of their own constituents, of benefits upon which they had come to rely. (Some of those people weren’t even aware that “Obamacare,” which they opposed, was the same thing as the Affordable Care Act, which was the source of their benefits; like the voter who screamed “Keep the government away from my Medicare!” they had no idea about the source of their benefits; but they would certainly know if those benefits were taken away, and they wouldn’t like it.)

So now NO wasn’t enough; there had to be a YES as well.  REPEAL wasn’t enough; now REPEAL AND REPLACE was politically required. The Republicans wished to go back to the time before Obamacare, but that was no longer politically feasible, for now they stood on the ground established by seven years of Obamacare, a ground not where people wouldn’t clamor for benefits they could not imagine, but rather a ground where benefits, however inperfect, already existed, and where people would be furious and politically punitive if those benefits were taken away. 

The inertia of Obamacare had altered the politics of opposing it.

Thus the Republicans now had to do something they had never done before, never needed to do before, and didn’t believe in doing: they had to come up with an affirmative plan to provide health care coverage for at least everyone that was now covered by Obamacare. 

Thus REPEAL had to become REPEAL AND REPLACE.

NO had to be accompanied by some sort of YES.

And both doctrinally and politically, they were utterly unprepared for this, in part because they never expected to have the political power of both Houses and the presidency anytime soon.

So the demagogic, scorched-earth oppositional anti-Obama strategy, which had worked to rally their electoral constituency even against its own interests, and helped vault them into power, now suddenly was transformed into the need to govern, to stand upon ground they wished to avoid and to actually do something that before Obamacare only Democrats would do: propose an affordable plan to provide health care coverage for people who before Obamacare did not have it. Now they had to come up with some sort of YES.

Saying NO united them, but saying YES split them asunder, and predictably so.

Trump, who paid no attention to details or content, and whose only goal was self-aggrandizement and whose only strategy was boasting and lying (and why not, it had worked so far!), embraced REPEAL AND REPLACE. We will replace Obamacare quickly and it will cover everybody and be cheaper, he boasted. It will be beautiful, believe me, he bleated.

And incompetent dumbkopf that he is, he probably believed it. After all, such bluster had been his life’s M.O., and had gotten him everything he had. At 70 years old, he was not about to change his ways.

Ryan, surely the most overrated member of Congress, a man driven by ambition to never miss a moment to abandon principle for complicity, a man whose economic theories are grounded in his infatuation with Ayn Rand, a man steeped in the politics of NO but utterly inexperienced and unprepared for the politics of YES, or for building legislative consensus, then whips up an imagined piece of balderdash legislation, stitched together (he thinks) to satisfy all Republican Congressional voting blocs, without hearings, without negotiations, without all of the predicates that any successful complex piece of legislation requires. 

It is, in fact, not legislation (with which he and Republicans in the House, devoted to NO, have no experience), but rather a press release disguised as legislation, hoping (naively, incompetently) to jam it through swiftly and without scrutiny.

But it doesn’t work: large portions of the medical community and even the insurance industry quickly oppose it; it is widely editorially condemned; and then, in a crippling blow, the Congressional Budget Office delivers its verdict: 24 million people who now have coverage will lose it.  Public opinion polls begin to show disastrous disapproval judgments.

The Republicans in Congress swiftly fragment. The Tea Party loonytunes, who will not compromise ever on anything, and who have eaten their own before (e.g., Boehner), take the position that, as harsh as Ryan’s bill is, it is not nearly harsh enough. There are 15 of them.  Trump calls them in, negotiates, makes some concessions that increase the cruelty of the bill, but it’s still not enough for the crazies, and their opposition remains steadfast. 15 Republicans against the Republican bill.

The so-called moderates oppose the bill because it is too harsh; many of them know their constituents will be hurt by this bill, and will lose benefits under it, and will punish them politically if they vote for it. (Reality bites, once you have power.)  There are 10 of them, and their opposition hardens once Trump makes his concessions to the crazies in a futile, last ditch attempt to appease them.

So now 25 Republicans plan to vote against the Republican bill.

Eight other Republicans also declare their opposition, for a variety of stated reasons, most at bottom probably also rooted in fears of electoral reprisal.

That’s 33 Republicans in all opposed, for opposite reasons, so despite a 22-vote Republican majority, the Ryan bill doesn’t have the votes to pass, and he pulls it.

If somehow it had passed, it was dead on arrival in the Senate, where the Republicans had an even narrower majority, and would have also been split asunder by this bill.

The new necessity of saying YES thus exposed fractures that the comfort of saying NO had papered over.

This ain’t over (it is way too early to gloat), but other complex battles over tax code revisions and the long promised Mexican wall and very ambitious infrastructure spending lie immediately ahead, and before long the spectre of the midterm elections will begin to loom. 

Meanwhile, the as yet unresolved travel ban initiative, so far stopped in its tracks by the courts, as well as the increasingly threatening Russian connection investigation, continues to contribute more chaos and frustration. 

So far, so good, for those opposed to Trump’s initiatives. But can the Democrats take advantage?  And even if they do, can they overcome the grossly gerrymandered Congressional districts that will continue to give Republican candidates a decisive advantage in the 2018 midterm elections?

Much may depend on what happens with other legislation and other issues during coming months.

But out there in Trumpland, I suspect this health care debacle has got some Republican voters wondering. And rightly so.

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Here’s How Trump Could Make Obamacare Better – Or Worse

It’s President Donald Trump’s health care system now. The question is: What’s he going to do with it?

After the collapse of the GOP effort to repeal the Barack Obama administrations’s Affordable Care Act and enact a different set of reforms to the health care system Friday, Trump inherited programs that aren’t going anywhere and that serve tens of millions of Americans.

Trump reacted to his defeat by practically threatening to stand aside and do nothing to address the shortcomings of the law, like rising premiums and declining choices of insurers in some states. “The best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode,” he said at the White House Friday. He made a similar statement on Twitter the next day.

Despite claims by Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that the Affordable Care Act is unfixable, the Trump administration has tools at its disposal it could use to make the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges more attractive to health insurers and potentially less costly for consumers. Or Trump could go in the other direction and undermine the law to bolster their case for “replacing” it later.

“I’m quite confident that unless the administration decides to not steward the exchanges because they have some draconian negotiating strategy that the exchanges will be fine next year,” said Andy Slavitt, who oversaw the exchanges as acting administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Barack Obama.

“If they choose to screw with them, they control all the branches of government and I think they’ll be judged very harshly,” Slavitt said.

The White House and Department of Health and Human Services so far have sent mixed messages to the industry and consumers about what to expect.

The program doesn’t work for consumers if there are no insurers participating.
Larry Levitt, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Trump issued an executive order on his inauguration day directing federal agencies to relax Affordable Care Act rules, and the IRS responded by announcing it wouldn’t reject tax returns that failed to include information about health coverage under the law’s individual mandate, for example.

But the administration also has taken some steps to quiet anxiety among health insurers that the exchanges next year won’t function properly and that losses some have suffered ― and that drove some insurance companies out of the market entirely ― will continue. Insurers have until late June to decide whether to sell policies on the exchanges next year.

And the key to shoring up the health insurance exchanges right now is catering to the carriers, even if those same changes make the law less consumer-friendly.

“The program doesn’t work for consumers if there are no insurers participating,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

There are limits to how much improvement, or damage, Trump could make to the health insurance exchanges, but there are several key actions that will go a long way to determining whether his administration wants to make the markets work better or worse.

How To Make It Better

Pay the subsidies

In addition to the tax credits the Affordable Care Act offers to low- and middle-income households to reduce their monthly health insurance premiums, the law provides extra subsidies to the poorest enrollees that cut their out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and copayments.

These subsidies are paid to health insurance companies directly, and the law requires them to reduce eligible customers’ cost-sharing whether the federal government makes the payments or not. And nonpayment isn’t a theoretical problem; it’s a real one.

House Republicans sued the Obama administration in 2014 to halt these payments, arguing the funding needs congressional approval it didn’t receive. A federal judge sided with House Republicans last year, prompting an appeal from Obama’s Justice Department. When Trump took office, his administration became the defendant, so he and congressional leaders got the court’s permission to delay the proceedings.

What they do next is crucial. If House Republicans drop the lawsuit or appropriate the money to keep the subsidies flowing, it not only would make sure low-income families keep their benefits, but it would quell a major source of worry for insurance companies.

Enforce the mandate

The individual mandate (and the fines taxpayers owe if they aren’t covered and don’t qualify for an exemption) is the least popular part of the Affordable Care Act, especially among Republicans. But it’s also vital for keeping the exchanges operating, because it pushes people with less medical need into the insurance pool, where their premiums offset the costs of treating sicker people.

The IRS announcement earlier this year made insurers nervous, but a strong signal now from the administration that it will make people comply with the law could alleviate that. “It’s insurer perceptions that matter here. If they’re not confident that this market is going to work, then they’re going to run for the exits or raise premiums,” Levitt said.

Work with the states

Alaska and Minnesota already are taking matters into their own hands to improve the health insurance markets in their states. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has invited states to apply for “waivers” the Affordable Care Act created that could give them flexibility to redesign the exchanges themselves.

“That gets states more engaged,” Slavitt said. “It creates different solutions and, as far as I’m concerned, so long as you’re meeting the core requirement of covering more people with high-quality benefits, let the states experiment.”

One form that could take, Levitt explained, is helping states set up “reinsurance” funds like the one in Alaska. These compensate insurers that experience higher-than-expected costs, which allows them to charge lower premiums. And lower premiums mean less federal spending on tax credits, so these programs can actually save the federal government money, Levitt said.

Sign up more people

Enrollment on the health insurance exchanges dipped this year, partly because the Trump administration halted some outreach and advertising the Obama administration planned for the end of the 2017 sign-up period.

They could choose a different path for the coming enrollment campaign and work to sign up more customers, especially younger, healthier ones, which would strengthen the market for everybody, Levitt said.

“It’s potentially the most stabilizing thing the Trump administration could do,” Levitt said.

Be flexible with insurers

Not all consumers would like this, but Price has some leeway to allow health insurance companies to offer policies with fewer benefits, which would lower premiums in exchange for less coverage.

The Affordable Care Act requires health plans to cover 10 “essential health benefits,” like hospitalizations and prescription drugs, but gives the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to specify how that works.

Price would, for example, allow insurers to sell policies that only cover generic prescription drugs or that set limits on how many rehabilitation service visits a patient could have in a year, Levitt said.

“There are tradeoffs and consequences in all these changes,” Levitt said. “There’s a big difference between taking administrative steps to sabotage the law and moving it in a more conservative direction,” he said.

They control all the branches of government and I think they’ll be judged very harshly.
Andy Slavitt, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

How To Make It Worse

Cut off the subsidies

If Trump gives in on the House Republican lawsuit or if Congress refuses to fund the cost-sharing reductions, it could blow up the insurance exchanges quickly. Health insurance companies might be able to leave the markets right away, tossing millions off their plans to prevent facing billions of dollars in losses. And they wouldn’t come back.

“If they wanted to destroy the insurance market immediately, then the easiest thing they could do would be to stop paying,” said Timothy Jost, a professor at Washington and Lee University Law School.

Ignore the mandate

Trump could continue along the path the IRS started by making clear to the public that his administration won’t penalize people who don’t get health coverage.

“Weakening the individual mandate could very well sabotage the individual insurance market,” Levitt said.

“Insurers would perceive weakening the individual mandate as a sign that the administration is trying to sabotage the law,” he said. Fear that healthier consumers would opt out without the threat of a fine would spook insurers into avoiding the exchanges, he said.

Let enrollment stagnate

The next sign-up period for the health insurance exchanges begins Nov. 1. The administration could choose to pick up where Obama’s team left off and engage in a nationwide campaign to publicize health insurance enrollment and help people apply for coverage.

Or they could scale back this work, as they did early this year, and leave enrollees to their own devices, which would result in lower enrollment overall and likely make the insurance pool sicker, because those with the greatest health care needs would be the most prone to sign up without help or reminders. 

“It will be Secretary Price’s legacy forever if he acts in ways that are destructive to the American people. And he knows that people will die if they lose their coverage,” Slavitt said.

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Violence Erupts At Pro-Trump California Beach Rally

A pro-Trump demonstration in southern California turned violent Saturday after several people, including the organizer, were allegedly pepper-sprayed by counter-protesters.

After the incident, anti-Trump protesters claimed one of their members used the spray in self-defense after they were physically assaulted.

Pro-Trump marchers in Huntington Beach jumped on the alleged sprayer, who was wearing a black balaclava, punching and kicking him, witnesses told the Los Angeles Times.

Bystanders broke up the fight and police later detained the alleged sprayer, who was among some 40 counter-protesters, many also dressed in black.

One pro-Trump marcher told the Times that he was among those who had chased the man to the highway following the incident, and that he struck him five times with his Make American Great Again flag

The counter protesters later claimed they were the victims. “People started punching and tackling our side and one [of the protesters] pepper-sprayed in defense,” counter-rally organizer Jordan Hoiberg told the Orange County Register. “We were expecting it to be more peaceful.”

State Parks Police said they arrested six people, including three on suspicion of illegal use of pepper spray. Two people suffered minor injuries, police Captain Kevin Pearsall told NBC, noting there had been a “disagreement of beliefs” at the scene.

There were other confrontations as anti-Trump protesters and bystanders berated members of the Make America Great Again gathering. As many as 2,000 people waving flags and signs, and wearing face paint marched along the Bolsa Chica State Beach. It was one of several pro-Trump events that took place across the nation. 

The anti-Trump group Indivisible OC 48 released a statement before the march saying that their members would not join any counter-protest at the rally.

“Indivisible OC 48 believes that the most effective way to combat an agenda built on discrimination and divisiveness is to focus on our own positive and peaceful political actions, and not to engage in confrontations with other citizens exercising their rights to free speech,” the group said.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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Bernie Sanders, Top Progressives Announce New Medicare-For-All Push

WASHINGTON ― In the wake of the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday, leading figures in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are rallying behind a single-payer health insurance and a raft of other bold reforms.

These lawmakers and grassroots leaders have long believed that the problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are rooted in the original health care law’s attempt to accommodate, rather than gradually replace, the private, for-profit health insurance system.

Now that efforts to eliminate the law wholesale are effectively dead, they are again arguing that the best way to improve the country’s health care system is to confront the power of corporate health care provider more directly.

“We have got to have the guts to take on the insurance companies and the drug companies and move forward toward a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday night. “And I’ll be introducing legislation shortly to do that.”

Even before the Republicans withdrew their Obamacare repeal bill, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee and a close Sanders ally, previewed this message at a rally in defense of Obamacare on Thursday.

“Don’t just be satisfied with defeating Trumpcare ― set your sights on creating real Medicare for all!” he told a cheering crowd of hundreds of activists.

Representatives of several major progressive organizations ― the Working Families Party, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee, Credo, Social Security Works and the National Nurses United ― all echoed this push in conversations with The Huffington Post on Friday and Saturday.

“The problem is the insurance companies, Big Pharma ― they’re gonna come back and use the chaos to their advantage,” predicted Social Security Works executive director Alex Lawson. “If Democrats go with a half-a-loaf policy, Republicans are going to blame them for the failures of Big Pharma. They have to immediately pivot to expanding Medicare.”

Notwithstanding the support of the influential groups for the proposal and ― according to a May 2016 Gallup poll ― even a majority of the American people, Medicare-for-all legislation is a non-starter in the current Congress. Single-payer health insurance still lacks support from many, if not most, Democrats, let alone from the Republican lawmakers who control both chambers.

But the proactive strategy speaks to increasing confidence among progressives that if they stick to their ideals and build a grassroots movement around them, they will ultimately move the political spectrum in their direction.

“It does take time for social change,” said Chuck Idelson, communications director of the National Nurses United, a 150,000-person labor union that has long advocated for a single-payer health insurance system. “We didn’t end slavery overnight. It took from Seneca Falls in 1848 ’til 1920 until women won the right to vote. But they only won it by building a movement.”

In the meantime, a potential benefit of this ambitious approach is what’s known as shifting the “Overton Window,” a political science term for the narrow range of acceptable political views at a given moment in time.

By adopting a position that is considered extreme by contemporary standards, politicians and activists can make more attainable policy goals start to seem reasonable by comparison.

That phenomenon already seems to be working in progressives’ favor.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the only one of Sanders’ Senate colleagues to endorse his presidential bid, discussed the possibility of lowering the Medicare eligibility age or empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices in his statement on the Republican bill’s collapse.

“There are plenty of ideas already on the table that would make health care more affordable for working families, from a public option, to prescription drug negotiations, to offering older Americans the chance to buy into Medicare,” Merkley said on Friday. “I’m happy to work with anyone, from either side of the aisle, to explore these or any other ideas that would improve health care for working Americans.”

Lowering the Medicare eligibility age from its current level of 65 is a “very interesting” idea, because of the positive financial effect it would have on the Obamacare insurance exchanges, said Austin Frakt, a health economist for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

By allowing the oldest exchange participants to enroll in Medicare, lowering the Medicare age would relieve the health insurance marketplaces of some of their costliest customers, said Frakt, who also has academic posts at Boston University and Harvard.

“It would reduce the premiums in those markets,” he predicted. (Frakt noted, however, that absent measures to offset the cost of the additional beneficiaries, the change would increase Medicare’s financial burden.)

Social Security Works’ Lawson praised the idea as an incremental step toward Medicare-for-all. 

“Start by lowering the age to 62 and get it down to zero,” he said.

If Democrats go with a half-a-loaf policy, Republicans are going to blame them for the failures of Big Pharma.
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Another progressive policy gaining mainstream traction is legislation permitting the importation of prescription drugs from Canada, where the existing single-payer system keeps prices lower. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) was one of several Democratic senators to endure heavy criticism in January for helping block a resolution supporting drug importation. In late February, Booker became a co-sponsor of legislation Sanders introduced that would legalize prescription drug importation from Canada and other countries.

President Donald Trump talked about getting tough with pharmaceutical companies over the price of prescription drugs as recently as early January.

But he has remained silent on the matter since inauguration, including the 17-day period when he was trying to pass House Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill. What’s more, the ordeal cast serious doubt on his willingness to take on the GOP’s ultraconservatives, who no doubt oppose any form of government intervention to reduce drug prices.

Trump now claims he is counting on Democrats to negotiate over Obamacare on his terms, since, in his telling, the law is on the brink of collapse.

Obamacare’s insurance exchange markets have major problems in some states and regions, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office characterized them as stable overall.

Still, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) suggested in a CNN interview on Friday night that Democrats would be open to working with Trump and congressional Republicans on reforming the law.

“We’re not gloating that they failed. We’re sad that they won’t work with us to improve Obamacare,” he said.

Murshed Zaheed, political director of Credo, warned Democratic leaders that any Democratic efforts to work with Republicans would not get any help from grassroots groups like his.

“If Democrats want to push their version of so-called moderate proposals ― good luck to them,” Zaheed said. “I don’t think anybody should be under any illusion that Schumer or [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi will get anything from collaborating with the right-wing extremists that control Congress.”

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Trump Reportedly Miffed At Kushner For Skiing As Trumpcare Crashed

President Donald Trump is reportedly irritated that his top adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner took a family ski vacation to Colorado while the GOP’s Trumpcare health plan was going down in flames.

Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump and their three kids were photographed hanging loose in Aspen this week as Trump and congressional Republican leaders worked in Washington to save their Obamacare replacement. The measure failed to gain enough support to pass the House and was withdrawn before a vote on Friday.

CNN, citing an unnamed source close to the president, reported Trump was “upset that his son-in-law and senior adviser was not around during this crucial week.”

The White House denied Trump was angry at Kushner, but it was clearly an all-hands-on-deck kind of week. Even the president skipped his customary weekend trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the president “left everything on the field” trying to get the health care measure passed. He relied on other close aides, including chief strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence (who cancelled his trip to the NCAA finals Friday), and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.

Kushner joined his family in Colorado on Monday, after they had already left for a ski vacation, according to CNN. The trip included Donald Trump Jr. and his family, and Eric Trump and wife Lara. 

Ivanka Trump also was missing from her father’s side during the critical week, even though a West Wing office has been prepared for her. She did, however, post Instagram notes about White House events from Colorado.

Vanity Fair noted the couple pulled a “vanishing act” on Trump during a week that could “make or break the Trump presidency.”

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While Kushner and Ivanka Trump were in Aspen, The Washington Post reported that the Secret Service had requested an additional $ 60 million to keep up with the Trumps’ trips and living situations. The Aspen Times reported that agents spent thousands of dollars on ski equipment in order to guard the Trumps on their vacation.

Expensive trips like the ski vacation by Trump’s grown children, the president’s frequent jaunts to Mar-a-Lago, and first lady Melania Trump’s base in Trump Tower in Manhattan with their son, Baron, are costing the American taxpayers a bundle. 

An Instagram post from Aspen by Lara Trump drew several critical comments about the cost of the trip and the crew’s abandonment of Washington during the Trumpcare showdown. 

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Dwight Howard Used To Eat 24 Candy Bars A Day. Here’s How He Stopped.

Dwight Howard battled a severe candy habit for around a decade, ESPN reported earlier this week.

According to Dr. Cate Shanahan, the Lakers’ nutritionist who uncovered Howard’s habit in early 2014 while he was with the team, the NBA player apparently consumed an average of 24 chocolate candy bars a day. People magazine estimated that equated to around 5,500 calories daily. 

Shanahan told ESPN that because of Howard’s habit, the then 27-year-old NBA was sluggish on the court and had difficulty healing from injuries. He’d also begun experiencing tingling in his legs and fingers, which the nutritionist suspected was dysesthesia, a painful neurological sensation

Professor Laura Schmidt of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine told The Huffington Post that she’s surprised the NBA was unaware of the extent of Howard’s habit and how it affected his athletic performance. 

“Shanahan was smart to start by cleaning up Howard’s food environment—that’s a critical first step,” Schmidt wrote via email. “Unfortunately you can’t exercise away the health harms of a poor diet. The health harms from excessive sugar intake range from fatty liver, to insulin sensitivity leading to diabetes and other cardiometabolic diseases.”

She added, “Some of the sugar he consumed would have been mobilized immediately as energy for all of his activity, which hopefully mitigated some of the adverse effects.” 

Howard was eventually able to quit his sugar habit by getting rid of all of his boxes of candy and going cold turkey, with the exception of pared-down peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

While most people won’t develop a dramatic 24-candy bar a day habit, eating a high level of sugar (which the American Heart Association classifies as 100 calories of refined sugar daily for women and 150 calories for men) can lead to problems like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Unfortunately, problems with excessive sugar are all too common for Americans, according to Schmidt. 

“The majority of Americans are overweight or obese—70 percent of us,” she told HuffPost. “Excess carbohydrate consumption is a leading cause of our obesity epidemic. What’s interesting about Howard is that he wasn’t getting all that added sugar in liquid form. Sugary drinks are the main way people get into trouble with excessive sugar intake.” 

If you or someone you know is looking to cut down on sugar intake, Professor Schmidt offers six easy ways to curb your sweet habit. Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein, a pediatric neurologist, told The Splendid Table she recommends incorporating more bitter foods into your diet, by way of fruit and veggie peels, dark chocolate, coffee and beer. 

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Why Filibustering Neil Gorsuch May Not Pay Off In The Long Run

Progressive groups appear delighted that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday signaled to Democrats that they should filibuster Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

After the senator announced his plans to vote “no” on the nominee, who sat through 20 hours of confirmation hearings this week, advocacy groups sent him a letter expressing their disapproval for anything short of an all-out war.

“Anything less than a full commitment to resistance, including a filibuster of Judge Gorsuch, would be a betrayal of the communities you represent,” the groups, including the likes of NARAL Pro-Choice America and Credo Action, wrote in a letter addressed to Schumer. The organizations were none too pleased by reports that some Democrats are looking to cut a deal on Gorsuch.

Many of these groups have for weeks been calling on Democrats to oppose Gorsuch at all costs. Some are even keeping tabs on how many Democratic senators are demanding that Gorsuch meet the 60-vote threshold to advance his nomination to a full Senate vote.

“Right now, Democratic voters are definitely angry and motivated, and it’s the job of Democrats in Congress to keep showing those voters what they ought to be angry about — and that their representatives are fighting as hard as they possibly can,” commentator Paul Kane wrote in The Washington Post.

But holding firm on Gorsuch carries real risks for Democrats. If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushed over the edge to get rid of the current rules — for which he only needs a simple majority — then all bets are off. Gorsuch would be confirmed, also with a simple majority vote.

If that’s how things go down, Democrats would have zero leverage in the event of a new court vacancy — if, say, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg retires.

“If you think things with the Supreme Court are bad for progressive[s] now they can get much, much worse,” Richard Hasen, a longtime Supreme Court observer who teaches law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, wrote in a blog post. “Better to save the firepower for that fight.”

If you think things with the Supreme Court are bad for progressive[s] now, they can get much, much worse.
Richard Hasen, political science professor at University of California, Irvine

Conservative activists are spending heavily on pro-Gorsuch ads in red states where Democratic senators are up for re-election. The particularly vulnerable ones, like Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), are pushing for an up-or-down vote on Gorsuch.

“We’ve got to find a way to preserve this Senate,” Manchin told Yahoo News’ Katie Couric on Thursday, adding that getting rid of the filibuster “is not what the Founding Fathers decided for this body.”

If confirmed, Gorsuch would bring to the Supreme Court back to the ideological balance that existed while the late Justice Antonin Scalia was on the bench. The court has carried on with only eight members since February 2016.

Schumer’s opposition to Gorsuch, and his threat to filibuster him, is also inciting conservatives who are determined to get the judge confirmed — Senate norms and traditions be damned.

“There is no reason for any Senate Republicans to entertain this foolish deal,” Ed Whelan, a Gorsuch supporter who has written extensively on his nomination, wrote in the National Review Online. “Such a deal would give Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer a preemptive veto over the next Supreme Court nominee.”

If Schumer’s threat works, he wrote, Senate Republicans might as well also get rid of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. After all, Democrats indicated they would have done the same if Hillary Clinton had been elected president.

“It makes no sense for Republicans to allow a double standard under which Supreme Court nominees of a Republican president are subjected to a filibuster but Senate Democrats, when back in the majority, would be free to abolish the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees of a Democratic president,” Whelan wrote.

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Uncertain Fate Of Obamacare Causes Some Hospitals To Halt Projects, Hiring

(Reuters) - Uncertainty surrounding the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is forcing someU.S. hospitals to delay expansion plans, cut costs, or take on added risk to borrow money for capital investment projects, dealing an economic blow to these facilities and the towns they call home.

Hospitals typically lay out multi-year operating plans that prioritize investments, such as new clinics, medical wings, technology or other projects that help draw in more patients and increase revenue. In addition to enhancing patient care, these projects are vital to the local economy as a driver of jobs ranging from construction and maintenance to restaurants and transportation.

Denver Health Medical Center, for example, opened a new $ 26.9 million clinic in the city’s southwest in 2016 to provide care to an area lacking in health services and saw more patients within six months than it had expected over two years. The health system planned to build or remodel five more facilities based on the new clinic’s success.

But since November’s election, when Republicans swept the White House and Congress, Denver Health has deferred $ 73.7 million-worth of construction projects that had been planned to serve more low-income residents, many of whom were newly insured under Obamacare.

“We want to know what will happen with the Medicaid expansion population, and what will be the timeline for that,” said Peg Burnette, Denver Health’s chief financial officer. “Due to theuncertainty, we’re not going to issue new debt. We have no plans for that in the near future.”

Denver Health is not alone. Across the country, hospitals are shifting to a more conservative stance as they await sweeping changes to the nation’s healthcare law that for the first time in U.S. history would reverse a government healthcare entitlement program. The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, provided coverage to 20 million Americans and brought higher revenues to many hospitals.

The law’s likely overhaul puts many hospitals in a uniquely daunting position of being unable to predict how many of their patients will be insured and what type of coverage they will have in the future. As a result, many are more wary than in years past to invest in expensive capital projects, issue debt, or expand into new regions, said healthcare experts and hospital executives.

This is playing out in Arizona, where Kingman Regional Medical Center is taking cost-cutting measures by renegotiating medical supply and service contracts. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, which includes six hospitals, is largely holding off hiring non-clinical staff, a trend also evident in national data.

Across the industry, hospital jobs so far in 2017 grew by 8,775 monthly on average, compared to 11,413 jobs for the same period last year, Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows. (Graphic http://tmsnrt.rs/2mtyO0w)

The Republican-proposed bill, set to come before the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday for a vote, would unwind the Medicaid expansion, cap federal payments to states and replaceObamacare’s income-based tax credits with flat age-based credits. The bill would still need approval in the Senate if it clears the House this week.

When asked about the early signs of hospitals putting spending on hold, a White House spokesperson expressed confidence that “the disastrous Obamacare law will be replaced with the American Health Care Act — the vehicle which will reform our broken healthcare system.”

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the new proposal would cause 14 million people to lose health insurance next year and 24 million by 2026. The bill has divided House and Senate Republicans and sparked fierce criticism from Democrats and leading medical and hospital groups, including the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association. (Graphic http://tmsnrt.rs/2n0ZMKf)

“It’s very challenging to plan for your future in an environment like this,” said Beth Feldpush, senior vice president of policy and advocacy at America’s Essential Hospitals, a group that represents safety-net hospitals nationally.

Not all hospitals are on hold. Some healthcare groups in areas with growing populations, such as Atlanta and Houston, are pushing ahead with capital expansion projects. Others, such as Maryland’s Prince George’s County, are still planning to move forward with construction plans, thanks in part to a partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System.

With the new medical center, Prince George’s County hopes to end its long-time reliance on $ 30 million annually from public subsidies to help cover operations. But that goal assumed Obamacare would remain intact, said Thomas Himler, Prince George’s deputy chief administrative officer.

“It could be that three years out we are no longer making money, we are losing money,” said Himler.

The uncertainty has seeped into the municipal bond market, where nonprofit hospitals access capital. The sector sold 36 percent less debt for new projects so far in 2017, compared to the same period last year, while the rest of the municipal market increased the amount of new money issued by 23 percent, Thomson Reuters data shows. While municipal analysts say it’s too early to draw conclusions, the uncertainty surrounding Obamacare is a likely cause for the decline.

“There’s a wait-and-see feeling,” said Kevin Holloran, a senior director at S&P Global Ratings. “Hospitals are saying, we’ll revisit this in six months or more.”

REVENUES AND RESTRAINT

Since enrollment started in 2014, the Affordable Care Act brought significant changes to Denver Health Medical Center, a safety-net hospital with the busiest trauma center in Colorado. Historically, nearly two-thirds of patients were either uninsured or covered by Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor.

Almost immediately after Obamacare went into effect, rates of uninsured dropped and Medicaid coverage jumped to over half of all patients.

With so many more patients covered, hospital margins grew and days of cash-on-hand climbed. Such financial improvements enabled the hospital to invest in new projects, including the Pena Family Health Center in southwest Denver. The hospital planned to construct three more clinics, to expand two existing clinics, and to build a new parking garage to drive new revenues and expand its coverage.

But since November’s elections, much of those plans have been deferred, including a $ 24 million expansion of a second clinic, largely financed through bonds. The health system still plans to move forward with the construction of one clinic and the remodeling of another. But those plans could be bigger.

“There’s great demand that we’re concerned about not being able to meet in the future,” said Burnette.

 

(Reporting by Robin Respaut in San Francisco and Yasmeen Abutaleb in Washington; editing by Edward Tobin)

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Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

FDA Links Breast Implants To Deaths From Rare Type Of Cancer

Nine women have died of a rare type of lymphoma that Food and Drug Administration officials now say may be caused by breast implants. 

This form of cancer, called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), has occurred more often in women with implants that are textured rather than smooth, the FDA said Tuesday

As of Feb. 1, the FDA said it had received reports of 359 cases of the implant-related cancer, including the nine deaths. Of those reports, 231 contained information about the surface of the implants. Among this group, textured implants made up 203 of the cases and smooth implants accounted for 28. It’s unclear why. 

“All of the information to date suggests that women with breast implants have a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL compared to women who do not have breast implants,” the FDA announcement said. 

Imperfect medical record-keeping complicates the task of knowing the full scope of the problem, according to the FDA. 

In 2016, surgeons performed 290,467 breast augmentations, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Though not a type of breast cancer, the malignancy develops in scar tissue around the implant, The New York Times reported. It can take 10 years for the cancer to develop after an implant, NBC News reported. Symptoms often include pain, lumps and swelling. 

Women with implants do not need immediate medical attention because of the link, the FDA said. 

“Breast implant removal in patients without symptoms or other abnormality is not recommended,” the FDA said. “If you have breast implants, there is no need to change your routine medical care and follow-up.”

Several developments in medical research contributed to the FDA’s conclusion. The World Health Organization, for instance, last year issued a report about the increased chance of lymphoma developing in women who’d received breast implants. There was also an Australian government report on ALCL in women with implants. The 46 confirmed cases of ALCL there all occurred in women with textured implants. 

The FDA first looked at the relationship between implants and ALCL in 2011 but held off from reaching concluding that a heightened risk existed. The relative low number of cases made it tough to investigate the risk, the FDA said. 

In the new report, the FDA placed less emphasis on the material filling the implant than on the texture. Silicone implants made up 186 of the 359 cases and saline implants showed up in 126 cases. 

“It is important to note that details on breast implant surface and fill type are limited,” the FDA said on its website. “Over time, we may gather more information about a report and thus the numbers listed above may change.”

Patients considering breast implants for aesthetic or reconstructive reasons should ask their doctors about the benefits and risks of textured and smooth implants, the FDA said. 

Doctors should likewise inform their patients about the possible risk. 

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Clinton World Isn’t Ready To Move Past Comey, Even As The FBI Turns To Trump

As they watched Director James Comey testify that the FBI was undertaking a counterintelligence investigation into the president of the United States, an odd mix of emotions crept up on those who endeavored to deny Donald Trump the presidency.

There was a sense of vindication, for all the warnings they had issued prior to the election about Trump’s ties to Russia. But there was also frustration, primarily that Comey took so long to make a public declaration despite doing so quickly when it came to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

“I think the Justice Department needs to give this a close look, which apparently the [inspector general] is doing, and figure out what rules and procedures need to be put in place so it never happens again,” said Robby Mook, Clinton’s presidential campaign manager.

Monday’s testimony by Comey was heavy on drama and light on details. But those details were explosive. The FBI director confirmed the investigation into ties between Trump and Russia, revealed that it had started in July and admitted that Russian interests were indeed trying to get Trump elected.

For the central players of the 2016 campaign, the testimony reopened old wounds. Brian Fallon, Clinton’s campaign press secretary, called it “reassuring” to see Russia’s involvement be treated with the severity the campaign insisted it deserved. But, like Mook, he couldn’t get beyond the apparent double standard. “There were two active investigations involving presidential candidates last year, and he only told the voters about one,” Fallon said.

For Comey, the hearing was something else entirely: another chapter in his complicated, dramatically shifting standing within D.C. political circles. The FBI director is known for his stoicism and sense of fairness that has, for critics, taken on an air of pomposity and self-aggrandizement. His reputation suffered during the campaign. He alienated Trump supporters by declining to press charges over Clinton’s email use while alienating Clinton supporters for even discussing the matter. He then infuriated those Clinton supporters once more by revealing the discovery of additional emails just 10 days before the election, only to announce a week later that nothing new had been found.

I think the Justice Department needs to give this a close look, which apparently the [inspector general] is doing, and figure out what rules and procedures need to be put in place so it never happens again.
Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign manager

Democratic leadership and legal officials were incensed by his conduct. Then-Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wrote a blistering letter accusing Comey of sitting on salacious material tying Trump to Russia and potentially violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits electioneering by federal officials.

That Comey refused to confirm an investigation into Trump was taking place even as evidence of Russian connections mounted only raised the level of pique. That he explained his reticence on Monday as being the byproduct of care for the “sensitivity of the matter” ― seemingly the inverse of his reasoning for discussing Clinton’s emails ― didn’t mollify those critics.

Reid, according to a source close to him, felt “vindicated” watching Comey but also “frustrated as to why Comey didn’t think the American people deserved to know this before the election.”

But despite their reservations, Democrats also recognize that Comey ― at least for the time being ― remains in his post (he’s in the midst of a 10-year term that began in September 2013) and that post is one of the few institutional checks that can be applied on the administration. Monday’s hearing showed that some lawmakers were willing to turn pages so long as they view the FBI director as acting as a responsible bulwark.

“He is who we have to work with,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), a member of the intelligence committee. “I hope and believe that he’ll work in a professional manner, that there will be no partisan considerations. Of course, Democrats across the country and many Americans who were not part of the Democratic Party were frustrated by how events went down during the presidential campaign. But, if you noticed yesterday, I don’t think there was a single question asked about that issue.”

“It’s only natural for us to want to go back and relive the elections,” said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.). “But that’s not going to happen. It’s about moving forward in the future. I think my Republican colleagues said it best when they said it happened to Democrats this time, it may very well happen to Republicans in the future, and that’s why it’s important to seek the truth.”

The hearing also showed that Comey recognizes that he has a reputation to rebuild as well. Unlike his handling of the Clinton email saga ― when, feeling obligated to keep Congress abreast on a potential development in the investigation, he sent a letter that tossed the news cycle into chaos days ahead of the election ― this time around he didn’t promise lawmakers ongoing updates on the status of the Russian probe.

And yet skepticism of Comey among Democrats remains, even if Democrats recognize that he may be their best asset against Trump. The cost of his selective disclosure was, in their minds, the presidency and all of the ramifications that winning that office entails. Coming out months later to acknowledge that yes, both candidates were under investigation during the campaign, did not repair Comey’s reputation, it raised further questions.

“I think for everybody who saw it yesterday or watched it last night, the hardest thing for people to try and deal with is the issue of, you went out 10 days before the election with this stuff on Hillary and yet ― what was it, July? ― you were informed that espionage and potential treason was going on and everybody was mum on that,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) in an interview with The Huffington Post. “They do not understand how you can go out on this one issue, which turned out to be absolutely nothing, and on the other hand you have a foreign government acting treasonous with espionage potentially going on and nobody says a word about it.”

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Burger King Vows To Stop Buying Chickens From Animal Abusers

Next up on Burger King’s menu: humanely raised chickens.

The company said Tuesday it will stop purchasing chickens from farms that abuse animals, falling in line with restaurant chains that have enacted similar standards, including Chipotle and Starbucks.

The fast-food giant’s owner, Restaurant Brands International, said that by 2024, all its U.S. and Canadian locations will only buy chickens from farms that follow strict standards of Global Animal Partnership, or GAP, a group that includes animal welfare organizations and corporate interests. Burger King will use third-party auditors to ensure compliance.

The conditions include allowing chickens more room, quality litter, access to light and clean living conditions. The birds must be rendered unconscious before they’re slaughtered to minimize pain.

Those standards may seem basic, but they conflict with practices used by suppliers to many restaurants and food retailers. 

Mercy for Animals, a group advocating humane treatment for farm animals that has partnered with Burger King on the new standards, said chickens raised for meat, known as broilers, are “among the most abused animals on the planet.” The birds are engineered to grow quickly, often causing them to cripple under their own weight and leaving them in constant leg pain, the group said in a release.

“Continual contact with wet litter causes extreme feather loss and painful sores on the chickens’ bodies and feet. Even breathing can be painful, as the air around the birds is acrid with ammonia from the stench of excrement,” Mercy for Animals said.

Mercy for Animals said chickens typically are fully conscious when they are slaughtered by slitting their throats while being held upside down.

Brent Cox, the group’s vice president of corporate outreach, said Burger King’s commitment “will reduce the suffering of millions of chickens each year.”

“It should inspire other leading quick-serve restaurant chains to implement identical commonsense welfare improvements,” Cox said in a statement.

Other companies implementing GAP’s standards include fast-food chains Chipotle, Quiznos, Red Robin, Panera Bread, and Starbucks; supermarket Whole Foods; food vendors Compass Group USA and Aramark; and meat suppliers Applegate, Wellshire and Thompson Farms.

Burger King competitor McDonald’s has its own animal welfare guidelines for chickens, which include stunning the birds before death so they don’t feel pain, according to the company’s website.

Mercy for Animals specifically criticized Wendy’s. An online petition accuses the burger chain of using chicken suppliers that raise birds in near-darkness and grow them to crippling weights.

Requests for comment from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and GAP were not immediately returned.

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Fox News Benches Andrew Napolitano Over Trump Wiretap Claims

Fox News has reportedly suspended judicial commentator Andrew Napolitano over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower last year for President Barack Obama

The Los Angeles Times said Napolitano, the network’s senior judicial analyst, has been taken off the air “indefinitely” for the report, which British intelligence blasted as “nonsense” and “utterly ridiculous.”

Napolitano’s report was cited last week by President Donald Trump as evidence to back his repeated claims that he was wiretapped by Obama.

“All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television,” Trump said, referring to Napolitano. “You shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox.”

Fox News distanced itself from Napolitano’s claims. 

Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary,” anchor Shepard Smith said last week. “Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way. Full stop.”

Bret Baier, the network’s chief political anchor, issued a similar statement.  

“We love the judge. We love him here at Fox,” Baier said on the air last week. “But the Fox News division was never able to back up those claims.” 

Baier also sent out a tweet on Monday: 

Napolitano was a Superior Court judge in New Jersey from 1987 until 1995, when he left for private practice and to begin his media career

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Teen With Down Syndrome Got Asked To Prom In The Sweetest Way

Sure, it’s a little cheesy but this just might be the most thoughtful prom proposal ever.

On Sunday, the Facebook page Love What Matters posted a heart-meltingly cute video of 18-year-old Shaedon Wedel asking his best friend’s little sister to the prom. 

Carlie Wittman, 15, has Down syndrome and her favorite chips are Doritos. Naturally, Shaedon tried to work some nacho cheese-inspired comedy into his prom invite.

“I decided on the Doritos theme because I have known her for seven years and there has not been a day that I have not seen her eat Doritos,” the high school senior told The Huffington Post. “She absolutely loves them!”

Here’s the truly inspired shirt he made:

“I know I’m NACHO typical Dorito,” the shirt reads. “But I’m going to be CHEESY and ask: WILL YOU GO TO PROM WITH ME?”

It’s fair to say Carlie was thrilled about the punny proposal. Just look at her reaction: 

The pair are scheduled to go to the senior prom on April 22. The sweet moment has garnered more than 108,000 “likes” and 32,000 shares on Facebook ― and that number keeps climbing. 

“We taped it because she loves to be on the camera; we didn’t expect this to go so viral,” Shaedon said. “It has been a very neat and exciting experience.”

Initially, Shaedon, Carlie, and Carlie’s brother Carson ― Shaedon’s best friend ― were going to go to prom as a group. But after Carson met his girlfriend during the school year, Shaedon moved forward with his plans to ask Carlie.

“She says she wants to be a princess like Cinderella and it would mean everything to make her feel that way,” he told HuffPost. “The Whitmans are basically my second family and have been so kind and nurturing to me. My main goal is to make Carlie’s prom as special as possible.”

Nacho about you, but we’d say Shaedon is well on his way to doing just that.

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Democrats May Be Botching This Supreme Court Confirmation Fight

WASHINGTON ― Democrats know they don’t have the votes to stop Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch from clearing his Senate confirmation hearing, which begins Monday. But they don’t appear to have a strategy, or even the energy, for a coordinated fight against President Donald Trump’s conservative court pick.

Chalk it up to Trump’s chaotic administration, or to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s low-key approach. Democrats just haven’t treated Gorsuch’s nomination as the kind of high-profile ideological battle that Supreme Court choices traditionally bring about. Even in the days leading up the hearing, it’s felt more like an afterthought on Capitol Hill.

“I hope the questions are good,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, told The Huffington Post on Wednesday when asked about her thoughts heading into the hearing. Asked if there are any particular issues she plans to press Gorsuch on, she replied, “Not right now.”

Progressive advocacy groups have been demanding a real fight against Gorsuch, who, as an appellate judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, built a record of opposing reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights and environmental protections.

Led by NARAL Pro-Choice America, 11 organizations sent a letter to Senate Democrats this month torching them for having “failed to demonstrate a strong, unified resistance to this nominee, despite the fact that he is an ultra-conservative jurist who will undermine our basic freedoms…. We need you to do better.”

They also delivered more than 1 million petitions to the Senate urging Democrats “to oppose Donald Trump’s extreme anti-choice Supreme Court nominee.”

Democrats on the committee certainly plan to ask tough questions of Gorsuch. They’re just all over the place.

“We can use these hearings to put the spotlight on big special interests,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). “The test for Gorsuch is: is he willing to dissociate himself from them? In my view, the burden is on him to persuade us of that fact, particularly given that big special interests are spending tens of millions in dark money to try to help him get on the court.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said he plans to pack in as many questions as possible, on as many topics as possible, because Gorsuch hasn’t given him clear answers on things he’s asked him about.

“Workers protections. Consumer rights. Women’s health care. Privacy rights. The independence of the judiciary,” said Blumenthal, who made news last month when revealing that Gorsuch told him in private that he found Trump’s attacks on judges who ruled against his travel ban “demoralizing.” In the wake of those comments, and pushback by the White House, Schumer wrote in a New York Times op-ed that the episode “only raises concerns about his independence.”

“I will be pressing him and aggressively questioning him on all of these issues because he has an obligation to come clean with the American people before he assumes a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest court,” Blumenthal said.

“There’s so many issues, I don’t know where to start,” added Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “A contemporary issue is the relationship between the executive and the judiciary. I think that’s going to be tested time and again by this president.”

But some advocates aren’t sure Democrats have it in them to put Gorsuch on the defensive. And Gorsuch has been preparing judiciously to meet whatever curveballs the Senate Judiciary Committee may throw his way.

“I don’t think the Democrats are going to get him to say things that are widely objectionable,” said Drew Courtney, a spokesman for People for the American Way, an organization that has long been involved in Supreme Court nomination fights. Courtney said senators would be best served by focusing on his record.

In an attempt to crystallize their strategy, Democrats this past week unveiled something of an offensive on Capitol Hill, appearing alongside sympathetic plaintiffs who have been on the receiving end of a Gorsuch opinion. The goal, in Schumer’s words, is to paint this judge as someone who “sided with the powerful against the powerless.”

But not everyone is convinced that the “little guy” approach is the right tack to use against Gorsuch. Some say it’s relatively easy to rebut that argument: One of the judge’s more popular opinions ― on immigration, a topic that’s central to Trump’s agenda ― found favor with an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. The decision effectively prevented the man’s deportation.

“I don’t think [Gorsuch] is going to do everything President Trump thinks he will do in his favor,” said Timothy Cook, the Oklahoma lawyer who represented the immigrant in that case. He added that he thinks Gorsuch would be a good Supreme Court justice.

Progressive senators, like Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), have already said they’ll oppose Gorsuch’s confirmation in the full Senate. But many are waiting to see how he handles himself in the hearing before deciding how they’ll vote, though they’re skeptical.

Gorsuch clearly has a conservative record on the bench ― some commentators have observed he is even more conservative than the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who he’d be replacing on the Supreme Court. He was among those on a list of judges Trump announced during the campaign that was assembled with the help of The Federalist Society and The Heritage Foundation, two prominent conservative groups.

“He has a very high bar to clear, both in proving that he can be an independent check on the executive and that he will give less powerful plaintiffs a fair shake before the Supreme Court,” said a Senate Democratic leadership aide. “Democrats are going to push him hard to answer direct questions on both of those topics.”

“If his answers are anything like they’ve been in private meetings, he isn’t going to win anyone over,” added the aide.

We need you to do better.”
The message progressive groups delivered to Senate Democrats regarding their fight against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch will need some Democratic support, which he did get in 2006 when he was unanimously confirmed to the 10th Circuit. It takes 60 votes to advance his nomination in the Senate, and there are only 52 Republicans. If Republicans can’t hit 60, it’s possible that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will eliminate that so-called filibuster rule altogether. If that happens, Gorsuch would only need 51 votes to be confirmed. Democrats, for now, are relying on that rule for leverage.

“I will use every tool available, including the filibuster, to oppose him,” Blumenthal said this week. “We will use every tool at our disposal.”

Out of tradition, one Democrat, Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.), will introduce Gorsuch on Monday alongside fellow Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R), according to Politico. At least one other senator up for re-election in 2018, Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), has said he’s open to voting for Gorsuch

That’s not acceptable to some of their progressive allies. In a call with reporters earlier this month, some groups warned that Senate Democrats will pay a price if they help Gorsuch get confirmed.

“We want the Democrats to act as the opposition party, not as the minority party,” said Murshed Zaheed, political director of Credo Action. Those who support him “will permanently damage his or her political career.”

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Hero Cat Pounds On Door, Saves Owners From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

A fluffy brown tabby cat is being hailed as a hero after she alerted her human family to dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide in their home last month.

Annette Shanahan of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, told Madison.com this week that around 1 a.m. on Feb. 4, she felt weak, ill and disoriented and wandered out of bed, collapsing into a chair in the bedroom.

Her husband, Kevin, said he would have slept through it if it weren’t for the family cat, Gracie.

”All of the sudden Gracie, I heard she was pounding, knocking, knocking, knocking at the door,” he told local news channel WREG. “And so I got out of bed and to stop her from pounding at the door, and I looked to my left and Annette was there in the chair.”

Gracie doesn’t usually try to get into the bedroom, so the pounding was out of the ordinary for her, the couple said.

They were barely able to call 911 to tell them they couldn’t breathe. When help arrived, firefighters discovered deadly carbon monoxide levels in their home, which was later attributed to a hot water heater malfunction.

They both credit Gracie with saving their lives.

“Without her obviously we wouldn’t be here,” Annette Shanahan told Madison.com.

Katy Nelson, a veterinarian who hosts The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, told HuffPost that carbon monoxide will affect a cat much faster than a larger human. That means that Gracie was likely in a better ventilated spot, or in a room with better air quality, when the incident happened.

“The symptoms of [carbon monoxide] poisoning in animals is similar to that of people, and as small as the kitty is, she should’ve definitely been affected by it sooner, so I have to believe she was somewhere with better ventilated air,” Nelson said in an email.

Luckily, Gracie — as well as the Shanahans’ other two cats — also survived the carbon monoxide leak unharmed.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter Slams Donald Trump For Being A ‘Fox News Presidency’

CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter accused the White House of being the “Fox News presidency” on Saturday, despite President Donald Trump’s recent attempt to blame the network for unsubstantiated claims that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election.

Appearing on “Newsroom with Fredericka Whitfield,” the media critic said there’s only one news source that Trump has committed his loyalty to and that’s the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News.

Whitfield noted that while the network has tried to distance itself from the wiretapping claim made by its analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, she found the shift of blame interesting given Fox News and Trump’s “rather cozy relationship.”

Stelter said, “What this ultimately comes down to is that President Trump is in some ways a Fox News presidency.”

“He watches Fox a lot. He tweets about Fox. He gives most of his interviews to Fox. He hires former Fox staffers. He peddles information from Fox.”

“So he’s in this feedback loop with one particular outlet and he’s especially getting information from the opinion programs on the network which clearly skew to the right ― they skew conservative.”

Three of the last five news stories Trump has tweeted about in the past week were from Fox News. The others were from the New York Times ― a newspaper he insists is “fake news” ― and Brietbart, a pro-Trump site with white nationalist sympathies.

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10 Habits That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life

In Hans Christian Andersen’s fable The Red Shoes, a young girl longs for a pair of pretty red shoes. She ultimately tricks the blind woman who cares for her into buying her a pair. Her love for the red shoes causes her to give them priority over the more important things in her life, and, as often happens in fables, karma is not on her side. The shoes become firmly stuck to her feet and force her to dance non-stop, to the point where she almost dies from exhaustion and starvation.

We can scoff at the little girl’s foolishness, but, in real life, we often do the same thing—we chase after the things that we think will make us happy and don’t realize that we’re heading down a dangerous path.

One study found that the people who experience the greatest job satisfaction aren’t the ones in the big, fancy offices; they’re the ones who approach their work as a calling, even when that work involves menial labor.

Another study found that simply seeing fast-food logos makes people impatient. It’s not that there’s some intrinsic characteristic of fast food that makes people impatient; it’s the habits we’ve come to associate with fast food, such as always being on the run, eating on the go, and never slowing down enough to enjoy a healthy meal, that bring out our impatience.

We have to be very careful in choosing our pursuits, because our habits make us. Cultivating the habits that follow will send you in the right direction. They’ll help you to lead a more meaningful and fulfilling life, whereby you cultivate the best within yourself.

1. Stay away from people who erode your quality of life. If merely seeing a logo for a fast-food company can make you feel impatient, just think how much more impact a toxic person can have on your life. They might be unhappy about your decision to stay away from them, and they might tell you very loudly just how unhappy they are, but isn’t avoiding them worth the cumulative effects of years of their negative influence? There are always going to be toxic people who have a way of getting under your skin and staying there. Each time you find yourself thinking about a coworker or person who makes your blood boil, practice being grateful for someone else in your life instead. There are plenty of people out there who deserve your attention, and the last thing you want to do is think about the people who don’t matter.

2. No more phone, tablet, or computer in bed. This is a big one, which most people don’t even realize harms their sleep and productivity. Short-wavelength blue light plays an important role in determining your mood, energy level, and sleep quality. In the morning, sunlight contains high concentrations of this blue light. When your eyes are exposed to it directly, it halts production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and makes you feel alert. In the afternoon, the sun’s rays lose their blue light, which allows your body to produce melatonin and this starts making you sleepy. By the evening, your brain doesn’t expect any blue light exposure and is very sensitive to it. Most of our favorite evening devices—laptops, tablets, and mobile phones—emit short-wavelength blue light brightly and right in your face. This exposure impairs melatonin production and interferes with your ability to fall asleep, as well as with the quality of your sleep once you do nod off. As we’ve all experienced, poor nights’ sleep has disastrous effects. The best thing you can do is to avoid these devices after dinner (television is OK for most people, as long as they sit far enough away from the set). 

3. Appreciate the here and now. Gratitude is fundamental to peace and happiness—not wealth, glamour, adventure, or fast cars, but simple appreciation for what you have. Just because you can’t afford champagne and caviar doesn’t mean that you never enjoy a meal. Hot dogs and beer on the back deck with your friends taste just as good. So, don’t fool yourself into thinking that you need something that you don’t currently have in order to be happy, because the truth is that if you can’t appreciate what you have now, you won’t be able to appreciate the “good life” if you ever get it.

4. Realize that things aren’t always as you perceive them to be. This goes along with appreciating the here and now. That person you envy because they seem to have the perfect life might be dealing with all kinds of problems behind closed doors. That “perfection” could be a total mirage. Your employer’s decision to move the office might seem like a huge hassle when you first hear about it, but it could end up being one of the best things that ever happens to you. You’re not omniscient and you’re not a fortune-teller, so be open to the possibility that life might have some surprises in store, because what you see is not always what you get.

5. Get started, even though you might fail. Most writers spend countless hours brainstorming their characters and plots, and they even write page after page that they know they’ll never include in the books. They do this because they know that ideas need time to develop. We tend to freeze up when it’s time to get started because we know that our ideas aren’t perfect and that what we produce might not be any good. But how can you ever produce something great if you don’t get started and give your ideas time to evolve? Author Jodi Picoult summarized the importance of avoiding perfectionism perfectly: “You can edit a bad page, but you can’t edit a blank page.”

6. Get organized. People joke about new ideas being in short supply, but I think that the one resource that’s really scarce is spare time. Do you know anybody who has some? Yet we waste so much of it by not being organized. We touch things two or three times before we do something with them (like tossing the mail down on the counter then moving it to the table so we can cook dinner) and once we’ve put them away, we spend even more time looking for them. Have a place for all of those little things you need to take care of when you get a minute, whether it’s your child’s permission slip for a field trip or an overdue bill, and then get to them in a timely manner; otherwise you’ll be searching through a huge stack of stuff for the one thing you need.

7. Start a collection of the things that truly resonate with you. Have you ever come across a quote or a meme that so perfectly summed up your feelings that you wanted to keep it forever? You know that it’s in one of those coats you wore five winters ago, and you really hope it’s not the one you gave to Goodwill. When you come across something that resonates with you—whether it’s something that expresses who you are or who you want to be—have a central place to keep those gems. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a spiral notebook, a leather binder, or a folder on Evernote, have a place to collect the things that matter so that you can revisit them regularly.

8. Do something that reminds you who you are. We all joke about having “me” time, but what is that, really? It’s making time for those activities that we feel most authentically ourselves doing, when all the masks are off and we can just be. Whether it’s going for a run or dancing around with your 80s favorites blaring at top volume, make time for those moments. They’re incredibly rejuvenating.

9. Say no. Research conducted at the University of California in Berkeley shows that the more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression, all of which erode self-control. Saying no is indeed a major self-control challenge for many people. “No” is a powerful word that you should not be afraid to wield. When it’s time to say no, emotionally intelligent people avoid phrases like “I don’t think I can” or “I’m not certain.” Saying no to a new commitment honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them. Just remind yourself that saying no is an act of self-control now that will increase your future self-control by preventing the negative effects of over commitment. 

10. Stick to realistic goals. How many people start January by proclaiming, “I’m going to lose 30 pounds by March!”? Big, scary, crazy goals can be incredibly inspiring—until you fall short, and then, instead of inspiration, you’re left with disappointment and guilt. I’m certainly not suggesting that you stop setting goals that push and challenge you, just that you try to stick within the bounds of reality.

Bringing It All Together

Your character is determined by your attitude and how you spend your time, and so is happiness. Stop chasing the things that you think will make you happy, and start realizing that your peace and happiness are entirely up to you.

Ever tried any of these habits? Please share your thoughts in the comments section, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

If you’d like to learn more on this topic, consider my book Emotional Intelligence 2.0.

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Republicans Are Crying About Obamacare Problems They Helped Create

The Republican case for repealing the Affordable Care Act and moving swiftly to enact a “replacement” plan largely rests on oft-repeated arguments that the law is floundering so badly, urgent action is needed.

President Donald Trump uses terms like “disastrous” and “failing.” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) calls repeal-and-replace a “rescue mission,” because the law has a “fatal conceit” ― a design flaw that means insurers aren’t attracting enough young and healthy people to cover the costs of customers with big medical bills.

The health insurance markets regulated by the Affordable Care Act are actually in better shape than Republicans admit. Just this week, the Congressional Budget Office said the marketplaces were on their way to stability.

But the struggles that Trump and fellow Republicans describe in their speeches are real enough. Particularly in states like Arizona and Tennessee, premiums have shot up and insurers have fled, leaving few choices for consumers.

What Republicans fail to mention is that many of these problems are the handiwork of state and federal Republican officials who spent years undermining the law, contributing to the conditions they now say oblige them to dismantle it.

These efforts are not by any means the only reason so many insurers have struggled. But they have played a significant role.

Defunding Risk Corridors

When Democrats wrote the Affordable Care Act, they understood that insurers might initially have a hard time figuring out where to set prices. Because insurers hadn’t sold these kinds of policies (with comprehensive benefits) under these conditions (without exclusions for pre-existing conditions), they didn’t have actuarial data on which to base pricing decisions.

In order to reassure insurers that might hesitate to enter the markets amid such unknowns, and in order to protect them against crippling losses, the law’s architects created a “risk corridor” program, in which the government promised to reimburse insurers, mostly, for excessive losses. (Insurers that misjudged in the other direction, and had unexpected windfalls, would pay part of that money into the program.)

The idea was not novel. Medicare Part D, the program that provides seniors with prescription drug coverage, also has a risk corridor program. And it has never been controversial ― even though it’s a permanent part of the program, unlike the temporary one in the Affordable Care Act.

But conservative groups targeted the program, calling it a “bailout” for health insurance companies, despite the fact that it was included in the law from the beginning. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) picked up the mantle and led a crusade to undercut the program’s funding.

In 2014, Rubio got his proposal into the year-end spending agreement and President Barack Obama, feeling the rest of the legislation was necessary to keep the government functioning, signed it. Later, during a presidential debate, Rubio even bragged about it.

Congress not funding the risk corridor program was the most consistent issue
Kevin Counihan, former HHS official, on what he heard from insurance executives

Insurers ended up filing $ 8.3 billion in claims for 2014 and 2015, but the program ended up paying out just $ 362 million. Several insurers have since sued to get the money they claim to be owed, and one has already won its case. But it’s not clear they will ever get the money.

Kevin Counihan, who ran HealthCare.gov for the Obama administration after overseeing Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, said he heard about risk corridors all the time last year, while he was meeting with insurers about participation for 2017.

“Congress not funding the risk-corridor program was the most consistent issue,” Counihan said. “Many carriers established their 2014 and 2015 rates with the assumption that the government would make good on this part of the law. Not doing so hurt both their financials, our credibility, and their board’s commitment to remain in the program.”

And this is about more than just health insurance companies losing money. The true purpose of these payments is to reduce premiums by allowing insurers to charge lower rates, knowing they’re protected if they get hit with higher-than-expected costs. Premiums were 10 percent to 14 percent lower in 2014, and 6 percent to 11 percent lower in 2015, because of this program, according to the American Academy of Actuaries.

Insurance companies got no payments from this fund for 2015 because the government had no money left. The realization that this money wouldn’t be available again for 2016 and 2017 contributed to insurers’ decisions to institute large premium increases this year and, likely, more rate hikes next year.

Blocking the Medicaid Expansion

The theory of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion was pretty simple. People with incomes above 133 percent of the poverty line, or about $ 32,000 for a family of four, would buy coverage through the exchanges, where low- and middle-income people can apply for tax credits to reduce their premiums. People with incomes below that threshold would get coverage through Medicaid, once states took advantage of new federal funding to expand eligibility.

The theory didn’t count on the Supreme Court, which in 2012 affirmed that states have the right to reject the money to expand Medicaid and keep the limited eligibility they had before. Initially, more than half the states did precisely that. All had Republican governors or majority-Republican legislatures, although a number of GOP-led states, like Arizona and North Dakota, did adopt the expansion.

The immediate consequence of refusing to expand Medicaid was to deprive  millions of Americans living in those states of insurance. But those decisions also had a spillover effect.

Exchanges in these states are picking up more of the lowest-income customers ― the ones with incomes between 100 percent and 133 percent of the poverty line, or between $ 24,600 and $ 32,718 for a family of four. (Under the law, people with incomes below the poverty line are not eligible for the subsidies.) It might not sound like a big deal, but it had a direct impact on premiums for everyone.

Those extra enrollees tended to be in worse health than the rest of the population. In states that did not expand Medicaid, these people ended up signing up for exchange plans ― where their relatively high medical bills drove up costs for the insurers, eventually contributing to losses and higher premiums for all customers.

On the whole, rates in expansion states were about 7 percent lower than in non-expansion states, according to a Department of Health and Human Services study that controlled for demographics and other factors.

Undermining Outreach

Enrolling a sufficiently large population in the new insurance plans was always going to be a challenge, because many of the uninsured had little experience shopping for and buying coverage ― and because, particularly among middle-class consumers, the prices were in many cases going to seem high.

And while the federal government took on some of that responsibility, state officials had a special role to play, because they retain a lot of regulatory authority over insurance and, crucially, they better understood the idiosyncrasies of their insurance markets and their states’ residents.

Some states, typically the ones that had decided to create their own exchanges, promoted enrollment enthusiastically. But other states didn’t offer support. A few ― again, all with Republicans in power ― actually did their best to make enrollment difficult.

Georgia’s insurance commissioner, Ralph Hudgens, put it unusually bluntly. “Let me tell you what we’re doing,” he said in August 2013, just two months before the first open enrollment period. “Everything in our power to be an obstructionist.” Hudgens also said, “I’m not going to do anything in my power to make this law successful.” In other words, rather than assist Georgians who elected him with getting health coverage, Hudgens prioritized resisting Obama.

The impact of these efforts isn’t clear. But enrollment in states that ran their own exchanges, which is a pretty good proxy for enrollment enthusiasm, was moderately higher overall than in states that relied on HealthCare.gov, according to a 2016 paper by economists Molly Frean, Jonathan Gruber, and Benjamin Sommers.

One constant for the early years of the Affordable Care Act was enthusiastic support from Washington. That obviously changed in January, when Trump became president ― and open enrollment for this year was entering its final days.

The very day Trump was inaugurated, he issued an executive order instructing agencies to relax Affordable Care Act rules. The IRS responded a short while later by announcing it wouldn’t fully enforce the law’s individual mandate, which has the potential to suppress enrollment among healthy people who need the coverage less.

The end of open enrollment period has historically seen a surge of signups, as people rush to meet the deadline, and the late signups tend to be healthier on average, helping the risk pool. But the Trump administration canceled some planned digital and television advertising and, this year, only about 400,000 people signed up in the final two weeks. In the same period last year, 700,000 did.

That drop may help explain why, this year, overall signups for HealthCare.gov policies fell slightly this year. It’s also a reminder that the kind of people who have been trying to undermine Obamacare are now in charge of it. They may yet do more damage, unless they manage to repeal it altogether.

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U.N. Expert: Biodiversity Is Essential To Human Rights

WASHINGTON — For the first time, a United Nations report has recognized biodiversity and healthy ecosystems as essential to human rights.

The report, authored by U.N. Special Rapporteur John Knox, a human rights expert and professor of international law at Wake Forest University, comes amid a biodiversity crisis that many scientists have pegged as the beginning of Earth’s sixth mass extinction event.

“Biodiversity is really necessary for the full enjoyment of rights to food, water, health — the right to live a full and happy life,” Knox told The Huffington Post on Thursday. “Without the services that healthy ecosystems provide across the board, we really can’t enjoy a whole range of human rights. And healthy ecosystems really depend on biodiversity.”

The assessment, which Knox presented to the U.N.’s Human Rights Council at a meeting this month in Geneva, Switzerland, concludes that, “in order to protect human rights, states have a general obligation to protect ecosystems and biodiversity.”

The U.N. has not taken a formal position on the matter. The Human Rights Council is considering whether to adopt a resolution recognizing the relationship of biodiversity and human rights. Knox said a decision is expected by the end of the month.

In many ways, the rate of species extinction — which humankind has sped up roughly 1,000 times, according to a 2005 assessment — is as much of a crisis as climate change, Knox says. Yet it gets far less attention. As he notes in the report, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity found in 2010 that nations have failed miserably in meeting adopted targets to reduce biodiversity loss.

Had the international community met its goals, Knox told HuffPost, it would have gone a long way toward protecting the variety of life on Earth.

“I’m not saying I’m the great expert on what needs to happen on biodiversity,” he said. “I’m saying that the people who are the experts have spoken and states have agreed with them on what needs to happen on biodiversity, and [they’re] not living up to that commitment.”

Ultimately, biodiversity loss has “grave and far-reaching implications for human well-being,” Knox writes. Those implications include reduced fishery and agriculture yields, depleted sources of medicine, and increased infectious diseases and autoimmune disorders. Most vulnerable are the indigenous communities that directly depend on healthy ecosystems for food, water and even culture.

Knox calls on nations to minimize damage to ecosystems and biodiversity, both from private entities and government agencies, as well as recognize and protect those most vulnerable, including indigenous populations.

Inger Andersen, director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, was among those who praised the report. 

“People have the right to benefit from nature for their livelihoods and for rewarding and dignified lives,” Andersen said during a human rights panel event last week. “This includes, for example, the right to food for all, for present and future generations; the right to water; the right to housing; the right to health and many other social, economic and cultural rights. All of these depend on functioning ecosystems and biodiversity.”

Knox said he has a hard time understanding how this issue, with all of its effects on human health, doesn’t get more attention. And he finds the conversation taking place in the U.S. troubling. 

President Donald Trump has proposed deep budget cuts across the executive branch, including slashing the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding by 31 percent and the Interior Department’s by 12 percent. Trump has also repeatedly called climate change a “hoax” and promised to pull the U.S. out of the historic Paris climate agreement.

“We should really be ramping up our support for greater protection of biodiversity, not stepping back from it,” Knox said. “Climate change is making the biodiversity crisis much much worse. As the Trump administration seems to be pulling back from commitments to deal with climate change, among the other serious problems with that for the environment, it’s also going to have really disastrous effects to biodiversity.”

Late last year, a report by the World Wildlife Fund warned that up to 67 percent of Earth’s wildlife could vanish by 2020. 

Read Knox’s full report here.

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Dems Say They’ll Help Trump Fix Obamacare If He Stops Trying To Kill It

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump, health care failure is not your only option.  You can still work with Democrats to repair problems with the Affordable Care Act, top Democratic senators said Thursday.

Confronted with simmering rebellions from both conservative and moderate Republicans in the House, the bid by Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to repeal and replace Obamacare looks increasingly doomed.

That has led some Republicans, including Trump himself, to suggest in recent days that perhaps the law could collapse on its own, and then Democrats would have to come up with a solution.

“Here’s what I would tell the president: If you can’t get a better deal and if you can’t protect that 62-year-old worker in Greenville from having dramatic premium increases because Democrats won’t work with you and you can’t get the Republican Party on board, stop, take a time-out, let it collapse,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Then turn to the Democrats and say, ‘This was the system you created. It has collapsed, now help me replace it.’ That’s what I would do.”

There is one large problem with the Obamacare “death spiral” theory, and that is that the recent Congressional Budget Office analysis of the GOP’s replacement plan found the Affordable Care Act is not in danger of collapse.

Still, Democrats contacted by The Huffington Post said they nevertheless would be willing to work across the aisle to fix the problems that do exist in the individual insurance markets created under President Barack Obama’s signature law.

Trump just needs to end his mission to destroy the entire legislation.

“Democrats have tried for years to get Republicans to work with us on ways to get more people covered, make health care more affordable, and improve quality of care ― but before that can happen, Republicans have to step back from the precipice and drop their reckless, politically motivated repeal efforts,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

“And to be clear, the time for Republicans to back away from Trumpcare and its devastating consequences is now, not after tens of millions of people have lost their coverage,” Murray added, referring to the CBO estimates that Trump’s repeal push would cost 24 million people their insurance by 2026.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) come out in a similar place as Murray.

“We have long said we would work with Republicans to improve the ACA if Republicans will drop repeal. But they have to drop repeal first,” said Schumer spokesman Matt House.

“Durbin has said repeatedly that if the Republicans take repeal off the table, he will pull up a chair,” said his spokesman, Ben Marter.

That might not necessarily be what Republicans have in mind, however, should their Obamacare repeal efforts fail. They might prefer to sabotage the law as much as they can, then try to blame Democrats for its failure, as Democrats say the GOP is already doing.

Murray said she thinks Republicans have already tried to hamstring Obamacare to such an extent that the law might already be more properly labeled “Trumpcare,” since it is no longer the bill passed in 2010, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is contemplating more ways to hobble the original legislation.

“Even if Republicans can’t jam Trumpcare through Congress, make no mistake that they’ll create it by sabotaging the current health care system, step by step,” Murray said. “We’ve already seen it start to happen ― and Democrats will be ready to hold Republicans accountable and make clear exactly what’s going on and who’s responsible.”

The point is a key one. If the CBO is correct, and Obamacare is actually stable, the GOP’s only option to kill the law would be to try to undermine it.

And Democrats say all the talk of collapse weakens the GOP’s ability to carry out that sabotage in a manner that won’t be painfully obvious to the public and easily highlighted by Democrats.

“Openly discussing sabotage of the insurance market doesn’t seem like a good PR strategy for a party in full control of government that can’t even accomplish their signature policy goal,” said one senior Democratic aide.

If the repeal-and-replace gambit fails, and the public is prepared to blame Republicans for ruining the insurance markets, those offers by Democrats could start to look pretty good to a president whose entire agenda could be infected by a fatally flawed health care plan.

“If the GOP’s repeal bill fails, they can and should work with Democrats to improve the ACA,” Durbin spokesman Marter said.

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American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Explains The ‘Asian Flush’ Phenomenon

This week’s episode of ABC’s “Fresh off the Boat” touched on a red-hot issue that has plagued the Asian American community for years: the Asian flush.

During Tuesday’s show, aptly titled “The Flush,” the underaged Eddie Huang takes a sip of beer and, to his horror, inexplicably turns beat-red. His dad, Louis, catches him and has to put aside his anger and calm Eddie by explaining why he’s glowing in a different color.

“It’s called the Asian flush. It’s an allergic reaction,” Louis, who also happens to be red-faced from drinking, tells his son. “Your body lacks the enzyme to process alcohol.”

“Great, just another way I’m different than everyone else,” Eddie replies.

The episode, which guest stars comedian Ali Wong and NBA star Jeremy Lin, highlighted an embarrassing moment that many Asian people have had to reckon with.

The Asian flush (aka the Asian glow) is known to the medical community as the alcohol flush reaction. It occurs in people who are missing an enzyme needed to metabolize alcohol. The result? Affected persons turn red in the face and may experience itchiness or hot flashes. 

The Asian flush doesn’t affect every single Asian person, but it is common in people of Japanese, Korean and Chinese descent, according to the Yale Scientific. Over the years, people have found various ways to deal with it.

Later in Tuesday’s episode, Louis shares with his son a few tips about how he’s learned to adapt with his Asian flush. In college, Louis says, he would fake being drunk when he was with his white friends to avoid embarrassment, but he would let his red shine freely whenever he drank with his Chinese friends because “they understood.”

“Eventually, I developed a pre-game routine that would fight it the best I could,” Louis explains, breaking out his “flush pack” filled with tools to help him fight off the side effects of the Asian flush. It contained Pepsid AC, an inhaler, eye drops and Tums antacid.

Asian Americans praised “Fresh off the Boat” for airing such a relatable episode. They also thanked the show for explaining the Asian flush to the rest of the country, so they wouldn’t have to anymore.

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Private Land Gift Drives Vast Expansion Of Chile’s National Parks

WASHINGTON — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and American conservationist Kristine Tompkins on Wednesday pledged to grow Chile’s national park lands by roughly 11 million acres ― an area more than four times the size of Yellowstone National Park. 

The announcement comes after lengthy negotiations and is the culmination of decades of work by Tompkins, who is the former CEO of outdoor retailer Patagonia, and her late husband and North Face co-founder, Douglas Tompkins. 

“There’s never, to our knowledge, been a larger expansion of a national park system that was prompted by a private land donation,” Tom Butler, vice president of conservation advocacy at Tompkins Conservation, told The Huffington Post. 

As part of the joint pledge signed Wednesday during a ceremony at Chile’s Pumalín Park, Tompkins Conservation will donate just over 1 million acres to the country’s government. The nonprofit group believes this is the largest private land donation to a state in history. Chile has agreed to contribute and reclassify roughly 10 million acres of government-held lands for conservation. 

“It’s big leverage. It’s huge,” Butler said. “In the past, when we have made donations, we’ve been able to leverage that up. But not to this ratio. It’s a large impact.” 

The end result will be the creation of five new national parks, including Tompkins Conservation’s flagship 715,000-acre Pumalín Park and its 200,000-acre Patagonia Park. The Hornopirén, Corcovado and Isla Magdalena national parks will also expand significantly.

Big day for Chile!” Bachelet wrote in a Twitter post. 

Kristine Tompkins called Wednesday a “memorable” day that her late husband’s vision inspired. He died in December 2015 in a kayaking accident in Chile. 

“I know that if Doug were here today, he would speak of national parks being one of the greatest expressions of democracy that a country can realize, preserving the masterpieces of a nation for all of its citizenry,” she said in a statement.

In the early 1990s, the couple sparked controversy when they started buying up giant swaths of land in the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina in an effort to help fight the planet’s biodiversity crisis. Over the years, they spent over $ 300 million to preserve roughly 2 million acres. The end goal was to eventually donate the land back to those countries with the understanding it would forever be protected — a job Kristine Tompkins is carrying out today.

In September, she announced plans to donate nearly 350,000 acres to help create what will become Argentina’s largest nature preserve.

Once Wednesday’s pledge is complete, the amount of protected national territory in Chile will increase by one-third, from 19 to 29 percent, according to Tompkins Conservation. The commitment will likely also prove key to Chile’s creation of a “Route of Parks,” a 17-park network spanning more than 1,500 miles from Puerto Montt to Cape Horn. 

In her comments Wednesday, Bachelet praised the late Douglas Tompkins, calling him a “Chilean at heart.”

“After months of coordinated work, we’ve created good news for our country and honored the generosity and love for nature of Douglas Tompkins,” she said in a statement. “Because of today, in this environment of touching beauty, we are claiming one of his greatest wishes, and one of the pillars of development: civil society and the State of Chile can and should do coordinated work to preserve our natural heritage. We are affirming that as humans we can, and have the duty, to find ways to work harmoniously with our nature.” 

Butler told HuffPost he’s not only excited about the unprecedented scale of the effort in Chile, but also about the “boldness at which these two female conservation leaders” are approaching expanding the country’s national park system. He said he sees a striking difference in how U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration lacks leadership on climate change, biodiversity protection and support for national parks. 

“This is a tremendous contrast to what we see in the U.S., where the current administration is essentially attacking public lands values, [and is] likely to defund or diminish funding for national parks, or other kinds of public lands,” he said.

Kim Bellware contributed reporting.

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Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

What Every Person In A Long-Distance Relationship Should Know

Apparently, absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Communication, people in long-distance relationships were more likely to share meaningful thoughts and feelings with their partners than those who were not. Apparently, couples in long-distance relationships tend to idealize their partners’ behaviors, which leads to a greater sense of intimacy.

That’s all well and good, but being apart is definitely trying at times, even for couples with a relatively strong foundation. How do you get through it? Below, people familiar with the long-distance relationship struggle share their tried and true advice. 

Tip 1: Be ready to work twice as hard as you did before.

“During college, my now-husband (then-boyfriend) went to school year round in Utah while I stayed behind and finished up high school and then attended a local college. Even though we were young, we knew our relationship was the one worth fighting for so we were determined to get through those years. We have now been together a total of 12 years and have been married for the last five. One thing we’ve learned? You need to work toward having a very strong, solid base to your relationship when you’re long distance. Be open, honest, and trusting. Take the time to figure out how and when is best to communicate with each other. Work at making each other feel special, even without seeing each other. All the things you work on during a normal relationship will need extra effort for in a long distance relationship.”  ― Alexandra Starkovich, blogger at My Urban Family

Tip 2: Establish some ground rules about when you’ll see each other.

“My husband and I did long distance for five and a half years in total, with me working and going to school in Toronto and him in school in Florida. We had a rule to never go more than six weeks without seeing one another in person and we pretty much stuck to that. We were still living apart when we got married and it took one year after we were married for my green card to arrive, at which point I moved to the states in 2013.”  ― Allison Bowsher, freelance writer

Tip 3: Call and text each other throughout the day.

“My wife and I have had to do the long distance thing twice in our relationship. When we first met she lived about an hour away in San Jose and I lived in San Francisco. After we got married I was working in San Francisco and she was in Los Angeles and we only got a few days a month to see each other. We learned that you have to call and text each other during the day and share what’s going on. In other words, don’t wait to do it all in a phone call at the end of the day when you are tired. Make your partner part of your daily life.”  ― Matty Staudt, writer and general manager at Urban Knights Radio 

Tip 4: Don’t forget to schedule regular Skype dates.

“It’s really essential that you and your partner have a schedule for when you’ll talk. We’re fortunate that we have so many different modes of contact these days, but texting is not enough to keep a long-distance relationship going. To maintain a strong relationship, you need to talk on the phone, but preferably something like Skype, as often as you can!” ― Anna Genevieve Louise, blogger at The Wanderlust Collective

Tip 5: Try to think of the big picture.

“This was really important in the grand scheme of things. My partner and I met in university and had been together for about three and a half years before he had to leave Nigeria for his masters degree in the U.K. in 2011. We were apart for about two years. We had to constantly remind ourselves that the distance was for a short while and as we really wanted to be together, we had to make it work. This sort of gives a perspective on things and helps sail through any difficulties. It also helped in our future plans, as I was more inclined to go consider the U.K. for my own masters program, so that we could be together.” ― Kachi Tila-Adesina, blogger at Kachee Tee

Tip 6: Celebrate everything.

“My husband I had had known each other in college. He left for the Navy, and then we started dating. At that point, we were a few states away. Right after we became engaged, he was deployed overseas for a year. What we learned is this: Celebrate everything, even if you can’t be together in person. Life is too short not to and that’s especially true when you’re in a long-distance relationship.” ― Jo, blogger at Jo, My Gosh! and co-author of Modern Military Spouse: The Ultimate Military Life Guide for New Spouses and Significant Others

Tip 7: Get a credit card that earns airline miles. 

“I was located in New York City while my husband Matt was in Miami Beach. We had a commuter relationship for two years. I was able to get complimentary flights almost every other month this way from my American Express card. Make sure to pick a card with an airline component so you can rack up the points.” ― Emily Nolan, model and blogger at My Kind of Life

Tip 8: Don’t worry if every visit isn’t perfect.

“There’s so much pressure with visits when it comes to long-distance relationships. Do you hang out with your partner and friends in a social setting or stay home to have one-on-one time? Does your family want to spend time with your partner? Does one of you need to work or study during the visit? Is there a big conversation hovering like an elephant in the room and do you have that talk face to face, when you have limited time together, or over the phone later? Some trips will be full of great memories and carefree times, and some will be full of fighting over big or small issues and that’s OK! ‘Real’ relationships are full of ups and downs and long-distance relationships are no exception.” ― Allison Bowsher 

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Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns Were More Outrageous Than Trump’s Partial One

WASHINGTON ― In 2005, Donald Trump paid $ 38 million in taxes on $ 150 in income, according to two pages of a tax return published by investigative financial journalist David Cay Johnston on Tuesday night. The document was the subject of a lengthy segment on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show, which hyped it as a major revelation.

But there appears nothing damaging or scandalous in the tax documents. Johnston’s find shows that Trump paid a 25.3-percent effective federal income tax rate that year. The formal top tax rate for the wealthiest Americans then was 36 percent. Trump appears to have secured his lower rate by taking legal tax deductions.

Other wealthy people have been far more effective at dodging liabilities to Uncle Sam. In 2012, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney revealed that he paid an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent in 2011, much lower than the rate Trump paid on his 2005 return.

Trump has not disclosed any of his tax returns. Releasing several years of returns has been standard practice for presidential nominees for decades. The documents sent to Johnston by an anonymous source are a rare public look at Trump’s federal tax documents. The New York Times reported last year that it had obtained three pages of Trump’s 1995 return that showed he took a $ 916 million deduction that year.  

Trump would have paid a much lower tax rate – 4 percent – if he had not been snared by the Alternative Minimum Tax, designed to increase the tax burden on generally wealthy people who otherwise would pay a much lower tax rate due to tricky deductions and other accounting maneuvers.

That isn’t a scandal. In 2005, the AMT worked: it socked it to a rich guy who otherwise would have paid a much lower rate.

Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was able to avoid the AMT due to a unique tax arrangement for his Bain Capital retirement package, and by receiving most of his $ 13.7 million income in capital gains ― passive flows from stocks, bonds and real estate holdings. Romney didn’t just pay a low tax rate, he paid a low tax rate by using the tax code in ways that available to only a few, very wealthy financiers, like stuffing an IRA with $ 102 million when the maximum annual contribution is just a few thousand.

The huge questions about Trump’s taxes ― a full understanding of who paid him and his company, for what, and where, along with his personal and corporate debts and deductions ― remain unanswered. What we know ― the president’s total income and tax rate for a single year more than a decade ago ― tell us very little.

There may be more than one scandal buried in the thousands of pages of tax returns Trump and his family businesses have filed over the years. But his income and tax rate from 2005 are not among them.

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Ben Affleck Completes Rehab Treatment For Alcohol Addiction

In a candid post on his Facebook page Tuesday, Ben Affleck revealed that he recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction. 

The father of three, who is currently co-parenting with his estranged wife, Jennifer Garner, wrote that he decided to seek help in order to live a full, happy life with his family. 

“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront,” the 44-year-old wrote. “I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step. I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.” 

Affleck and Garner are committed to raising their children ― Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5 ― together. Although there were rumors of a reconciliation, the pair are reportedly still moving ahead with their divorce, which is currently on hold, according to People. They initially announced their separation in June 2015 after 10 years of marriage. 

The actor previously entered rehab for alcohol abuse in 2001. 

“I went to rehab for being 29 and partying too much and not having a lot of boundaries and to clear my head and try to get some idea of who I wanted to be,” Affleck told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012. “It was more a ‘let me get myself straight,’ before it became a rite of passage.”

Affleck was last seen publicly at the Oscars on Feb. 26, where he presented with Matt Damon and watched his younger brother, Casey Affleck, win Best Actor.

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