Melissa Block speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times for the latest in political news. They'll talk about another looming debt ceiling fight in early 2014, new changes to the Affordable Care Act, and a White House panel's review of NSA surveillance programs.
“Are you at risk of going out of network?” said Professor Lucia. “If you are, realize there is this potential to be balance-billed,” he added, referring to a practice when out-of-network providers charge consumers for the balance of the bill that the insurer did not pay. Those charges are not capped by the new law’s out-of-pocket maximum, which says expenses provided by in-network providers cannot exceed $6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for a family of two or more in 2014. This is true for all plans bought on the exchange and for many individual plans.
“By 2020, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce projects that 62 percent of the jobs in South Carolina will require postsecondary education,” the report reads. “Postsecondary includes an associate’s degree or some postsecondary vocational certificate."
The Republican civil war, like all civil wars, is even messier than it looks. It’s a battle between two different conservative establishments, complicated by philosophical struggles across many other fronts. Its resolution will determine whether we are a governable country.
Ultimately, the proposed Treasury-IRS rules would further chill nonprofit civic engagement and send a message to funders and groups that even long-standing and widely accepted nonpartisan behavior is “political.”
This thought came to me this week when a number of people asked me to comment on two pieces written by perceived critics - economists David Neumark and Harry Holzer - of the increase in the minimum wage, a policy of which I've been vocally supportive.
It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.
As localities and states consider appropriate minimum-wage increases and where to apply them, they should try to avoid increases that might make it even harder for the youngest or least-educated among us to find work.
Since 1983 we have emphasized abstract academic curriculums in teaching science and math, especially math. But we know, from studying brain function, that more applied and practical teaching works better and attracts people more. The whole movement toward high standards in science and math has become too much of a good thing.