Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Trump Officials Say Drug Prices Are Inflated. So Are Some of Their Claims on a Solution. Supported by Fact Check The administration has sometimes made misleading statements to garner support for its plan on what it has accurately identified as a problem for many Americans. ByRobert Pear Dec. 16, 2018 WASHINGTON — In his zeal to fulfill a campaign promise, President Trump has correctly identified high drug prices as a major problem for many Americans. But in defending his proposed solutions, he has sometimes stretched the facts. Mr. Trump has proposed that Medicare pay for certain prescription drugs based on the prices paid in other developed countries. He called this “a revolutionary change” and said it would save money for the government and for Medicare beneficiaries … [Read more...] about Trump Officials Say Drug Prices Are Inflated. So Are Some of Their Claims on a Solution.
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FURIOUS commuters have hit back at train companies this morning for dramatically increasing their fares by leaving angry notes on their seats. They were reacting after it emerged that rail fares will shoot up by an average of 3.1 per cent from January next year. This means that many long-distance commuters will see the annual cost of getting to work rise by as much as £280 when the new fares come in on January 2. It will be the largest rise since January 2013, according to Office of Rail and Road data. And with commuters reading about the news on their way into work this morning, some left post-it notes on their seats while travelling with Northern Rail letting rail companies know what they make of the rise. One note read: "Your late cancelled, no lights, striking, 2 carriages in rush hour trains aren’t worth the ticket price. [sic]" The service on which commuters wrote the notes, from Buxton to Manchester, is consistently hit with delays and cancellations in the … [Read more...] about Furious commuters slap angry notes on train seats in protest at rising rail fares
Your true love is getting a bargain this year: Buying all the goods and services in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is just 1.2 percent more expensive in 2018, or less than half the rate of inflation. The total cost of paying for everything in the song is about $39,095, according to a calculation from PNC Financial Services Group, which has been tracking the prices of the holiday song's festive mix of goods and services for 35 years. On a dollar basis, the 2018 price is $450 more than in 2017. Through October, the U.S. government's Consumer Price Index has increased 2.5 percent. A slump in gold prices has tarnished the cost of the song's five gold rings, which fell 9 percent this year due to gold prices, PNC said. The eight maids a-milking and nine ladies dancing didn't get a raise this year -- blame the stagnant federal minimum wage, which hasn't budged from $7.25 an hour since 2009. Still, not all wages are stagnating. More skillful work from the presumably arts-trained … [Read more...] about Why “The Twelve Days of Christmas” isn’t keeping up with inflation
The Congressional Budget Office’s initial score of the Senate’s “Better Care Reconciliation Act” calculated that 22 million people, 15 million of them Medicaid beneficiaries, would lose health insurance by 2026. For Medicaid recipients, though, the picture worsens steadily after that ten-year window, due to per-capita caps on how much the federal government would contribute. At the request of Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Bernie Sanders and Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, CBO has also estimated Medicaid spending for the post-2026 decade under current law vs the BCRA. They report that, relative to current law, the BCRA would cut federal Medicaid spending by 35% by 2036. Since the Medicaid program was established, it has involved the federal government paying a portion of all the costs the states incur for covering low-income residents. This means the federal and state governments share the risks that costs will spike due to increased … [Read more...] about By 2036, Senate bill would cut Medicaid by more than one-third
Updated 4:35 am CST, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, embraces Cindy McCain, wife of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, while speaking to supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at an election night party in Scottsdale, Ariz. Incumbent Ducey defeated Democratic challenger David Garcia for his second term. less Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, embraces Cindy McCain, wife of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, while speaking to supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at an election night party in Scottsdale, Ariz. ... more Photo: Matt York, AP Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a relocated polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Chandler, Ariz. The new polling station opened four hours late after the original location did not open due to the buildings' foreclosure overnight. less Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a relocated polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 … [Read more...] about The Latest: McSally-Sinema Senate race too close to call