Republicans on Capitol Hill are preparing for the Wednesday release of the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the GOP health care bill that passed the House earlier this month.
The GOP passed the bill before the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the House bill. In their haste to repeal and replace Obamacare, the actions of the GOP received harsh criticism from health care providers, Democrats and seized upon by angry constituents at town hall meetings.
The bill has received two previous scores by the CBO. Two amendments added to the bill before it passed through the House have since changed the CBO’s score significantly.
Despite House Republicans downplaying the score ahead of the CBO’s release, the report could create serious implications for the future of the AHCA.
An earlier analysis of the bill estimated that 24 million Americans would lose health insurance by 2016 under the GOP’s AHCA, compared to Obamacare.
The CBO scoring of the GOP and estimates of the American Health Care Act could determine whether the Republican stronghold to repeal and replace Obamacare occurs. The CBO scoring would also determine whether the Senate will take up the measure, which passed with only one vote to spare in the House.
The health care sector in no uncertain terms was at greater risk to be impacted by the life of the bill in the House, specifically if overhauled by the Senate and sent back to House Republicans to pass another bill.
Senate budget rules require the AHCA to save $2 billion over ten years in order to be taken up under reconciliation—a process allowing Senate Republicans to pass the bill with only 51 votes.
If the CBO, which is nonpartisan determines that the GOP bill doesn’t pass reconciliation, Democrats could filibuster the measure. The bill could be sent back to House Republicans to amend and hold another vote.
High ranking Republicans continue to show optimism and believe that it’s unlikely the bill won’t meet the Senate requirements.
The CBO report and score are significant on various levels because it includes an estimate of whether the number of Americans with health insurance would change and by how much.
Margot Sanger-Katz at the New York Times polled six healthcare experts ahead of the new CBO score, and their estimates ranged from 20 million more uninsured to 25 million.
Cynthia Cox, associate director at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, said “there is a chance the new amendments added to the AHCA could bring down the number of people without coverage.”
Looking at the impact of the amendments, there could be substantial coverage losses, but to a lesser degree than the previous CBO score. One reason cited for the disparity in losses pointed to waivers that some states would honor, which could help more healthy people to purchase insurance. The downside is that sick people would be priced out of the market, specifically in states taking up waivers, which would be more affordable for healthier people to opt in.
Making Mistakes & Never Giving Up
In today’s society, we are taught to strive for perfection but the reality is we’re all going to make mistakes along the way and that’s okay! The important thing is to deal with mistakes in a healthy and positive way. When dealing with mistakes, most punish themselves in some form. Either they quit on a project or resort to pleasures like food, alcohol, sex, drugs to numb the pain. That’s only temporary relief and the pain/guilt eventually returns. We need to learn to deal with mistakes in a much healthier way.
Here are a few tips you can use the next time you make a mistake:
•Know you are human and making mistakes is inevitable.
•Analyze your mistake and work hard at not repeating the mistake.
•LET IT GO and work on doing better in the future.
Never Giving Up
Thomas Edison had to try over 10,000 times to invent the light bulb. Had he given up, we would have never been gifted with light. Some people would have given up after ten tries and thought they failed, but not Mr. Edison. He was determined to make it work and because of his perseverance millions of people benefited. The next time you are working on a new business, new dream, and new project, don’t give up the first time you encounter an obstacle. Keep going and never give up! Success is always right around the corner if you just persevere.
Here are a few tips you can use the next time you feel like giving up:
•Stay positive throughout the day by saying positive affirmations like: “With God all things are possible.”
•Think of new ways you can make your project/dream possible.
•Contact possible mentors who can help you get through hard times.
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Rev. Jesse Jackson discloses Parkinson’s disease diagnosis
U.S. civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson disclosed Friday he has Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurological condition that affects body movement.
In a letter to supporters, the 76-year-old civil rights icon said family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago and he could no longer ignore symptoms.
He says the diagnosis isn’t a sign to stop working but a “signal” to make “lifestyle changes” to slow progression of the chronic neurological disorder that causes movement difficulties.
“Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it,” he said. “For me, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression.”
Jackson has been a leader of the U.S. civil rights movement since the mid-1960s and was with Martin Luther King when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968.
He twice sought the Democratic presidential nomination and has acted as an emissary to secure the release of Americans held abroad.
Parkinson’s disease occurs when certain nerve cells break down and reduce the amount of the chemical, dopamine, that sends signals to the part of the brain that controls movement, according to Webmd.com. But the disease progresses slowly, and treatments can slow it down even more, it said.
Jackson said he planned to advocate to find a cure for the disease, which he said “bested my father,” strikes 60,000 Americans a year and afflicts 7 to 10 million people worldwide. He also said he is writing his memoir.
“I will continue to try to instill hope in the hopeless, expand our democracy to the disenfranchised and free innocent prisoners around the world,” he said.
Read the letter below:
Dear Friends and Supporters,
On July 17, 1960, I was arrested, along with seven other college students, for advocating for the right to use a public library in my hometown of Greenville, S.C. I remember it like it was yesterday, for that day changed my life forever. From that experience, I lost my fear of being jailed for a righteous cause. I went on to meet Dr. King and dedicate my heart and soul to the fight for justice, equality, and equal access. In the tradition of the Apostle Paul, I have offered myself – my mind, body and soul – as a living sacrifice.
Throughout my career of service, God has kept me in the embrace of his loving arms, and protected me and my family from dangers, seen and unseen. Now in the latter years of my life, at 76 years old, I find it increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks, and getting around is more of a challenge. My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago. For a while, I resisted interrupting my work to visit a doctor. But as my daily physical struggles intensified I could no longer ignore the symptoms, so I acquiesced.
After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father.
Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it. For me, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression.
I am far from alone. God continues to give me new opportunities to serve. This diagnosis is personal but it is more than that. It is an opportunity for me to use my voice to help in finding a cure for a disease that afflicts 7 to 10 million worldwide. Some 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year.
I will continue to try to instill hope in the hopeless, expand our democracy to the disenfranchised and free innocent prisoners around the world. I’m also spending some time working on my memoir so I can share with others the lessons I have learned in my life of public service. I steadfastly affirm that I would rather wear out than rust out.
I want to thank my family and friends who continue to care for me and support me. I will need your prayers and graceful understanding as I undertake this new challenge. As we continue in the struggle for human rights, remember that God will see us through, even in our midnight moments.
KEEP HOPE ALIVE!
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
By LeNora Millen 11-17-17
Discover Your Purpose In Life
We are all purpose-driven people and children of God. He sends us here to achieve a Purpose for the betterment of the world. When we are not busy working on that we are here to enjoy life!
One person’s purpose may be to discover the cure for cancer, and another may be to spread the message of love. It varies! The harder the purpose, the tougher the life, because you will inevitably gain strength, confidence, and resilience with each obstacle. And each obstacle attracts new people to your journey towards your purpose. It is extremely important that we know exactly who we are. At our core, we are all children of the Divine and we all experience pain, joy, disappointment, love, and obstacles to build our strength.
God created each of us with a special gift that we must use to help others. That special gift is our purpose. When we don’t follow our life’s purpose, God sends us signs to let us know we must get back on track. A great example is: if you are a truck driver and God’s purpose for you is to be a preacher, God will send you obstacle after obstacle so you change jobs and fulfill your purpose.
Love is the same way. If we are not supposed to be with someone, God will send us signs and hints to move us away, and towards the person we truly belong with.
In the game of life we are all players, and God is our coach. When a life trauma happens, like the loss of a parent, a car accident, a divorce, or near-death experience, God must substitute in a stronger player to survive in our shell, even if we have to skip a phase. This explains why you sometimes meet a 7-year-old girl who talks and acts like a 15-year-old. The child had to overcome tough obstacles, and to ensure her survival, God has made her more mature, knowledgeable, and wise than most children her age.
The silver lining in being forced to grow up too soon is that those kids often become very successful adults. They had to start working, hustling, and figuring out life before their peers. They have a head start on the rest of the players in this game.
Take the play-by-play of my life, for example. I was only 14 when my parents were sent to jail. As a teenager, I had to transition to an adult. Instead of worrying about boys and school, my focus shifted to worrying about work and bills. Suddenly, I was a 35-year-old woman in a 14-year-old girl’s body because I had so many responsibilities and no time. I didn’t get to truly enjoy high school or college.
However, now I am able to go to high schools and speak about my experiences I have lectured at colleges like USC and UCLA. In this way, I am able to enjoy and spend time in those places again. In addition, I also find time now to do things I wish I had time to do growing up, like painting or hiking. Years later, I am finally catching up on all the things I had missed. Life is about perspective, and I choose to think positive. I’ve had the ability to work for some of the wealthiest and most famous people in the U.S. and through their mentorship I’ve read a lot of books and I’ve gained wisdom.
My deepest desire is to share with you the knowledge I’ve gained so that you too can be truly successful! In doing research I found the most important thing you can do if you want to be happy and successful is to find your purpose in life. Without knowing that you will never attain major success and you will not feel true happiness. You will always feel like something’s missing or something is wrong. It’s only when you find your purpose in life and start to actively pursue it that you attract all of your blessings to you!
Every person has a purpose and it’s up to us to dig deep and find it so that we can fully awaken and be of service to our creator.
For further information on discovering your purpose in life read my book “Purpose Awaken and Succeed” available on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com and follow her on instagram @elviraguzmanla
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