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TRUMP & RYAN LOSE ROUND 1; TILLERSON WARNS N. KOREA; ISRAELI-AMERICAN ALLEGEDLY THREATENED JEWISH CENTERS; RETIREMENT COSTS UNKNOWN TO MOST; TRUMP STANDS BY WIRETAPPING ALLEGATION; L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF CONVICTED; MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, No. 165 MARCH 24, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: – AFTER delaying the vote from Thursday to Friday, the Republican Congress withdrew the bill to repeal Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act), with legislation called The Affordable Health Care Act.  At 1:00 p.m. western time Congressman Ryan went on national television to state President Trump had requested the bill be withdrawn.  It can, however, be brought back later. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi declared “victory”; this unexpected turn of events enabled many to breathe a deep sigh of relief, and many others to think the Democratic Party won.  It didn’t. Some victory.  Bill failed only because 30 or so Republicans in an ultra-conservative caucus refused to vote for the bill because it wasn’t conservative enough. Had more of those 30 members decided 90% is better than nothing, the bill would have passed. Before the bill had failed new changes had reduced to the cost from $337 B to $150 B.  Reduced costs is one way of saying “savings from reduced benefits”. President Trump stated he was behind the health care bill “1,000%” and subsequently he did what he could to bring over the more-conservative Republican conservatives.  Although Trump ran as a populist the health care bill would reduce taxes on the wealthy and reduce benefits for the poor; what kind of populist Trump is may be open for debate. Sadly, the (literally) poor people (particularly in the south and...

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    TRUMP & TAXES; CBO SAY “NO-GO” ON REPEAL; FEMALE MARINE PHOTOS; IMMIGRATION 2.0 – NIXED AGAIN; EPA CHIEF SPEAKS; RACISM ON THE RISE; CIA GETS HACKED; BITCOIN ETF BITES THE DUST; MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 164 MARCH 16, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: – CONGRESSIONAL Budget Office (CBO) releases analysis of repeal plan: -24 M Americans would lose their healthcare over the next decade to increased; -14 M of the 24 M would lose their health insurance in the next year alone; -Many Americans would pay higher premiums for the next 10 years, but then premiums will fall as insurers sell skimpier plans with higher deductibles; – “Hardest hit in the long run will be lower-income Americans and those nearing retirement” and “over the next decade… the law would cut about $1 trillion [actually $880 B], in federal healthcare assistance to low- and moderate-income Americans”; – Percentage of uninsured to increase to 19% by 2026, as mandate removed and millions of Americans [particularly including seniors], lose financial assistance”; – By 2026, average premiums for self-insured consumers, to be 10% lower than under the current law; – Proposal allows insurers to charge older customers up to 5 times more than younger customers. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said CBO did not take future actions into consideration and the report is “just not believable.” (The current head of the CBO was put there by Tom Price while he was a congressman.) “Our plan is … about giving people more choices and better access to a plan they want and can afford,” said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.)....

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OBAMACARE REPEAL REVEALED; AMA OPPOSES REPUBLICAN REPEAL PLAN; THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK; POVERTY, HEALTH & HOUSING; MILITARY BUDGET; LEGAL AID CUTS; CONSTRUCTION IN LOS ANGELES; MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 163 MARCH 9, 2017   PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: – Gets praise for temperate speech to Congress, which still held his positions on immigration and repealing Obamacare, calling for leaving “the trivial fights behind us”;  (Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2017); – May seek immigration deal similar to that passed by the Senate (Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2017); -Issues revised Executive Order on immigration removing Iraq as an excluded country and removing restrictions on those holding green cards or visas (Trump has also stated he supports a skills-based system for admitting migrants rather than a family-ties system  (Nightly Business Report, March 1, 2017); – Proposes an additional $54 B for the military and concurrent cuts in other programs such as the State Department and the EPA (March 4, 2017); – Tweets allegation President Obama had his campaign and Trump Tower wiretapped during the election; (various, March 3, 2017).  Allegation denied by Obama and President Trump holds any evidence.  One report noted it is within President Trump’s authority to obtain any wiretap order by any judge.  Jake Tapper of CNN alleges Trump was inflamed by an article in Breitbart, which presidential adviser Steve Bannon formerly edited; – Watches his Attorney General recuse himself from investigation of connections between Russia and Trump campaign; – Gets his Secretary of Commerce confirmed, with first goal to renegotiate NAFTA; and – Overruled Obama policy of letting transgenders use the bathroom of their preference, leaving it to...

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BUSH CRITIQUES TRUMP; TRUMP-PUTIN BROMANCE OVER ALREADY?; LINCOLN SPEAKS FROM GRAVE; VOTERS FLOOD TOWNHALLS; BROWN SEEKS HELP AFTER CA FLOODS; DEPORTATIONS UP NOW, PRICES UP SOON; TRUMP DECLARE PRESS ENEMY OF AMERICANS, MORE…   ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 162 MARCH 2, 2017   IF an “enforcement-only” immigration policy is followed we can expect: Agricultural production to decline $30 – $60 B; Food prices to increase 5 – 6%; and Price of milk to increase 45%. (Nightly Business Report, February 22, 2017.) ANGRY voters flood Republican town halls protesting contemplated Obamacare and Medicare changes; Trump’s fawning over Putin; new Administrations policy changes on the environment; and more, (Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2017), all in a manner reminiscent of a less violent tea party response. CALIFORNIA employers fret over possible deportations as 10% of California workers are undocumented.  (Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2017.)  Will young white people with a sense of entitlement actually be willing to work as busboys, dishwashers and, perhaps worst of all, fruit and vegetable pickers?  Will older whites be able to? DURING campaign Trump promised to protect social programs such as social security and Medicare; then nominated people with very different viewpoints.  New York Times (February 23, 2017), finally asks the obvious question: what happens when they disagree?  Based on his prior finger-pointing, both physical and verbal, cuts will be made and Trump will blame others. Lesser known programs such as Legal Aid, Americorps and the Appalachian Regional Commission could also see budget cuts.  Coal country supporters may take a different view of Trump if their own small benefit plans are cut; especially if qualifying for social...