Triple-lock: Call for pensions policy to be revamped – BBC News

April 30, 2017

… “on top of increased spending on health and social care associated with an ageing population”. But Tom McPhail, pensions expert at stockbrokers Hargreaves Lansdown, said the plan added a layer of complexity to pension policy. “It would be better to review the triple-lock; the level of the state pension, which was set too low; and state pension ages as a complete package,” he said. He added: “The challenge has always been how and when to move away from the …

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Trump rallies his base on his 100th day

April 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump hit on some of the biggest issues he has tried to tackle during his first 100 days in office at a rally Saturday in Pennsylvania, where he struck a consistently divisive and determined tone. The threat from North Korea, getting a health care bill passed and possibly renegotiating the Paris climate accord were among the big talking points of Trump’s nearly one-hour speech on his 100th day as President, which he delivered to a crowd in Harrisburg. …

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The first 100 days in LGBT rights

April 29, 2017

… Human Services eliminated questions about about sexual orientation and gender identity in proposed versions of two critical health-care surveys addressing the needs of the elderly and the disabled. Advocates said their inclusion in surveys helps assess needs within the LGBT community and collect data to support policy changes. April 14: After North Carolina repealed and replaced its so-called bathroom bill with another measure that prevents cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances, the …

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Games for Change highlights impactful VR projects with its new summit

April 29, 2017

… is curating the VR for Change Summit. While at the White House, Martin examined how to use emerging technologies like VR for various social impact and public interest projects. “Whenever you see a new technology coming down the pipe, its exciting to see all of the hype around new types of games and entertainment and IMAX-type experiences,” Martin said. “But the really compelling reason that anyone should care is that maybe it will actually help real people in some way.” …

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House punts health care vote on eve of shutdown deadline

April 28, 2017

Washington (CNN)The House of Representatives will not vote on health care this week, despite a White House attempt to revive a health care reform package ahead of President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. “We are not voting on health care this week,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters late Thursday. Hours before a Friday deadline, Congress was working to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown while they worked on a broader deal to …

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GOP’s health care push tests Democratic resistance

April 28, 2017

… Democratic victory over conservatives in setting the nation’s health care policy. As President Donald Trump makes another push to repeal Obamacare around the 100-day mark of his tenure in office, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republicans appear to have solved their problems with hardline conservatives but haven’t yet rounded up enough support from moderates to give Trump the 216 votes he needs. …

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CNN/ORC Poll: At 100 days, Trump approval rating shows no sign of growth

April 27, 2017

… inauguration. That 44% marker puts Trump last among approval ratings for newly-elected presidents at the 100-day point since modern polling began, a trendline that runs back to Dwight Eisenhower. Trump is last by a significant margin, trailing Bill Clinton’s previous low by 11 points. The poll finds declining ratings for Trump’s handling of two issues that have been top priorities since he took office — health care and immigration. About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of …

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Republicans aim to revive health care with new amendment

April 26, 2017

(CNN)House Republicans are hoping they can revive Obamacare negotiations once again. GOP lawmakers in the House have taken the crucial step of putting their latest hope for a health care compromise on paper, circulating legislative text that could launch yet another round of health care talks just in time for the last of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. A draft amendment obtained by CNN, first reported by Politico, gives renewed insight into where the GOP may be moving …

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FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

April 26, 2017

… operations officer in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, told CNN. “The FDA’s role is to review and evaluate products for safety and effectiveness, particularly products that are intended for the treatment of a disease like cancer. Cancer requires the supervision of a licensed health care provider.” See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. Nicole Kornspan, a consumer safety officer at the FDA, said in a written …

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Reminder To Progressives: Abortion Is An Economic Issue

April 25, 2017

… concerns are a major reason why women chose to end pregnancies. Estimates suggest that between 40 and 75 percent of women seeking abortions do so for financial reasons. Low-income women are hit the hardest by unplanned pregnancies and by policies that limit abortion access. Low-income women also struggle to afford abortion, particularly because the Hyde Amendment has long restricted Medicaid coverage for abortion care. Research shows that in order to come up with the money necessary for the …

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WH officials: Busy week, but no health care vote or shutdown

April 24, 2017

(CNN)It’s been a busy weekend inside the West Wing of the White House, with all hands on deck planning for five highly consequential days of President Donald Trump’s administration this week. Conversations with senior administration officials and Republicans close to the White House offer CNN this lay of the land and a reality check: No House vote on health care is expected this week. Despite a flurry of activity last week, there is no expectation of a vote actually happening …

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GOP Rep Tells Mom Her Son On Medicaid Should Just Get A Better Job If He Wants Health Care

April 23, 2017

Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) told the mother of a service industry worker who has benefitted from the Affordable care Acts Medicaid expansion that her son should get a better job if he wants decent insurance when Obamacare is repealed. The woman, a constituent of Davidsons in former House Speaker John Boehners old district, explained to Davidson at a town hall in Enon, Ohio on Tuesday night first covered by ShareBlue that her grown son lacked health insurance for four years, because his job in …

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Utah Physician Says She’ll Happily Do The Job Jason Chaffetz Won’t

April 21, 2017

… the success it has seen in the wake of Trumps election, namely the close contests this month in Kansas and Georgia special elections. Americans, she said, are sick of what they are seeing. Allen said her platform focuses on promoting science, advocating for public education, protecting the planet and providing every American with health care. And she stressed the important role women will play in changing the collective mindset in Congress. …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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This Little Detail Could Cause A Government Shutdown

April 19, 2017

… Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined by United Mine Workers representatives and Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), called for a one-year extension of soon-to-expire health benefits for coal miners in December. As Congress considers a continuing resolution to keep the government running, we fully expect that such a vehicle will include the permanent health care fix for our nations retired miners as promised at the end of 2016, the bipartisan duo wrote to McConnell, Senate Minority …

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Here’s how iconic director John Waters ended up playing iconic director William Castle in ‘Feud’

April 17, 2017

… through 39, and then the films of the 70s are maybe even the greatest American films. But Im obsessed with Old Hollywood, and have been trying to do a project in that genre for 15 years. So this coming along, and Ryan coming to me and saying, Come do this with me, was absolutely a dream come true. I will say, I am sort of a walking Wikipedia when it comes to facts about Old Hollywood. I live here, I grew up here, and this is going to sound so corny, but I dont care theres a part of me that feels …

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This Uber-like taxi service is saving pregnant women’s lives in Tanzania

April 16, 2017

… health workers, and help them pinpoint women who might benefit from the program. To date, 46,000 pregnant women are enrolled, so health workers are aware of who they are and the women are aware of services available to them. The program also trains health care providers, and includes dedicated efforts to improve health facilities. Omari Mabula drives a taxi that helps get pregnant women to clinics through a new maternal health program. Image: Sala Lewis / Vodafone Foundation But the …

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Pupils as young as four having panic attacks, say teachers – BBC News

April 14, 2017

… young people who are exhibiting the signs of serious mental distress. “Teachers and school leaders take very seriously their duty of care to their students and it is clear there is a great deal of concern in the profession about the gulf in the availability of expert physiological support and counselling for pupils with mental health needs.” A Department for Education spokesperson said no child should suffer from mental health issues and that it was investing a record 1.4bn to ensure …

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Trump: Flip, flop or flexibility?

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)One of Donald Trump’s many memorable lines on the campaign trail was about ISIS. “I would bomb the s**t out of ’em. I would just bomb those suckers,” he said. Given that, launching the so-called “mother of all bombs” against an ISIS target makes a lot of sense. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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At raucous town hall, GOP congressman confronts anger about Trump

April 13, 2017

Aurora, Colorado (CNN)Republican Rep. Mike Coffman faced angry constituents at a town hall Wednesday night, in an early sign of the political price he and his colleagues might pay for supporting President Donald Trump’s policies, including the repeal of Obamacare. A moderate hailing from a swing district, Coffman fielded more than 40 questions from Coloradans for almost two hours. Health care overwhelmingly dominated the at times raucous evening, as the congressman’s constituents …

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Get psyched for the highest-definition livestream from space

April 12, 2017

… American astronaut. SEE ALSO: It’s about damn time for NASA astronauts to get health care for life The standing record is 534 cumulative days in space, held by NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams, and the 56-year-old Whitson is set to pass that on April 24. Still, the livestream will be a compelling, new way to bring the public into the Space Station environment and show off the work being done 250 miles above Earth. The livestream, set for 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time on April 26, will be part of …

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Social care system ‘beginning to collapse’ as 900 carers quit every day – BBC News

April 11, 2017

Those who provide care to people directly in their own homes, or in nursing homes, say a growing shortage of staff means people face receiving deteriorating levels of care. Image copyright BBC News Image caption According to the latest figures there are around 84,000 vacant adult social care jobs in England The government has recently committed to spending an extra 2bn on the social care system, and allowed local authorities to raise council tax bills in order to fund social care …

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9 of the greatest rivalries from breakfast to best Australian city

April 10, 2017

… politicians, even more-despised international rivals and a hundred other things that confirm these two places actually have way more in common than they’d ever care to admit. Every Barcelona has its Madrid. Every Dallas its Houston. Moscow its St. Petersburg. Sao Paolo its Rio. But Australia’s two biggest cities have been relentlessly butting heads since Melbourne was founded in 1835 by exactly the sort of industrious Tasmanian pastoralists that Sydney’s founding felons …

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From Syria to Black Lives Matter: 3 ways WWI still shapes America

April 10, 2017

… event that most people don’t know about,” says Dan Carlin, a historian whose “Hardcore History” podcast examines World War I. “It’s a Pandora’s box. We’re still ironing out what it unleashed.” Here are three battles from “The Great War” the United States is still waging: No. 1: Fighting the enemy among us They speak in funny accents and don’t care about fitting in. So many are pouring across the border that they’re …

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JPMorgan’s 125-Year Courtship of GE Is Paying Off Handsomely

April 9, 2017

… lending units to revive the parent company following the financial crisis.  The question now is whether the good times are ending as GE’s restructuring is nearly complete and its pool of capital available for deals is shrinking. “The major pieces have been taken care of at this point,” said Jeff Windau, an analyst with Edward Jones & Co. “That was kind of an extraordinary period of time for them.” If Wall Street is happy with all the dealmaking, …

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