Permit me to confess: I am one of the very last people in the United States who does not consider the word “politician” to be an insult. On the contrary, the work politicians do is important because politics is a good and essential thing in a free society. It’s the degradation of politics in the Trump era we need to worry about, not politics itself.
Last week President Trump triumphantly tweeted, “Money pouring into Insurance Companies profits, under the guise of ObamaCare, is over.” He was celebrating the fact that his administration had just ended cost-sharing reductions, payments that the government had been making to insurers to make insurance cheaper for their low-income customers.
The higher education attainment gap between Latino people in America and their white and black counterparts is widening, according to new research.
A study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce finds that the share of Latinos in the US who obtained at least some postsecondary education increased from 35 per cent to 45 per cent between 1992 and 2016.
Last year, Elias Murillo was all about the politics. He was really into Bernie Sanders, even went to a Sanders rally in Fairfax County. When Sanders lost, Murillo switched to Donald Trump, the other guy he figured would step up for regular people. It was all very exciting, a show that just kept on going. For a while, he even felt hopeful.
In 2016-2017 Burnsville High School launched a radically redesigned curriculum to try to plug Minnesota’s job skills gap.
The suburban school south of the Twin Cities now funnels students into career pathways instead of a general academic regimen.
To what extent will Trump’s decision to reduce spending on advertising and other efforts to inform people about deadlines to sign up for ACA coverage have an effect on enrollment this fall?
These decisions by Trump could have a substantial dampening effect on enrollment. When advertising was cut off early by Trump this past January, we saw a clear drop-off in enrollment; the same result is likely this fall. One large concern is that people who are healthier may fail to enroll without the encouragement provided by advertising. If this happens, it will lead to adverse selection in the risk pool, and ultimately to higher costs and higher premiums. But I am also concerned that the loss of the navigator resources resulting from large cuts in funding for these programs will leave many people without the help they need to get themselves signed up. Trump's decisions will likely mean higher costs per person, but fewer people enrolled -- a double dose of bad outcomes.
Republicans in Congress have been attacking Obamacare and vowing to repeal it for nearly seven years, and President Trump made “repeal and replace Obamacare” a central promise of his winning campaign. Now the President and his party are in charge, but they are scrambling to craft a replacement. Why are they having such trouble?
Is Trumpism a scam? And if so, whom is Donald Trump scamming?
Or is the country confronting something even more troubling: a president unhinged from any realities that get in the way of his impulses, unmoored from any driving philosophy and willing to make everything up as he goes along, including “alternative facts”?