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Political Editor – LeNora Millen

House Republicans, vowing to repeal and replace Obamacare since its passage in 2010, passed a revised health care bill Thursday to undo the Affordable Care Act’s most popular consumer protections.  The mandate for individuals to maintain health insurance and end expanded Medicaid eligibility were also on the chopping block. The vote was hastily called after Republicans won over moderates with an amendment to provide $8 billion to help patients with pre-existing conditions afford higher premiums.

The bill that House Republicans, hastily pushed through the House on Thursday, is likely to undergo major changes in the Senate.  A concern for some members of the Senate is that the CBO had not analyzed the bill.  Without an official CBO score, which helps to measure the impact of legislation for Congress to make informed decisions, the merits of the bill, will likely come under harsh scrutiny. The health care bill is expected to undergo significant changes in the Senate, where some moderate GOP senators have already come out against the legislation.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, expressed concern about the process of the House vote.

“A bill—finalized yesterday, has not been scored, amendments not allowed, and 3 hours final debate—should be viewed with caution,” the South Carolina Republican tweeted.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham expressed concerns about how House Republicans were rushing in their attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday’s vote.

Senate has stated that they will review the House bill but will write its version over the next few weeks.  Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, stated the following:

“We want to get it right,” Alexander said Thursday on the Senate floor. “There will be no artificial deadlines.”  If the Senate passes its own bill, the House will either have to approve the Senate version or negotiate a compromise with senators.  Any compromise bill would need to be approved by both the House and Senate before being sent to President Trump to sign, according to Alexander.

Senate Republicans stated on Thursday that they wouldn’t vote on the House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but will write their own legislation instead. On the heels of the passage of the Health Care Bill, a Senate proposal is being developed by a 12-member working group.  Elements of the House bill will be reviewed but does not guarantee that they will be incorporated into the Senate’s bill.  Senators said that the House bill is not their starting point, and will be revised through the amendment process.

Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo, said that “The safest thing to say is there will be a Senate bill, but it will look at what the House has done and see how much of that we can incorporate in a product that works for us in reconciliation.”

Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said that the Senate will be drafting a bill, he further stated, “That is what I’ve been told.”

The 12-member work group according to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, has been meeting for weeks. Conryn stated that the team is building a consensus among their conference, which is what the working group is designed to do.  “To get to a compromise we can agree to and then present it to the larger conference.”

Prior to passage of the health care bill—Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., appealed to his Republican colleagues Thursday to slow the process down and work with Democrats.

He said the House bill, despite the late addition of $8 billion, would still cause insurance premiums to go up 20% in the first few years while increasing average costs by more than $1,500 a year for middle-class Americans. He also criticized a provision that would allow insurers to dramatically increase what they could charge older Americans in comparison to younger consumers.

The 217-213 very narrow House vote underscored stark divisions over the legislation, which will face hurdles in the Senate, before coming close to law.  Although the passage represents a major victory for Trump and House Republicans, fear among Americans who may lose their insurance, or not become insured because of pre-existing conditions, is a significant loss and concern.

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DaVita Certified as Freedom-Centered Workplace by WorldBlu.

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This is the 11th Consecutive Year the company has been recognized on the list, formerly known as “most democratic”workplaces.

DaVita Kidney Care a division from DaVita Inc.leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, announced on 12th April that the company has been certified as a Freedom-Centered Workplace by WorldBlu.

It’s very interesting the fact that in every respect, down to long-established financial and benefits-related practices, DaVita operates less as a company and more as a Village, valuing the voice of its teammates in many instances and decision making.

DaVita also emphasizes collaboration and teamwork to deliver optimal patient outcomes.

DaVita has been recognized as a clinical leader in two reports from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services – CMS – Five-Star Quality Rating Program and the Quality Incentive Program.

WorldBlu’s procedure in electing Organizations is by providing an Assessment to Teammates in the Organization as the first step of the Procedure.

In order to be eligible for a spot on the Worldblu List of Most Freedom-Centered Workplaces™ is after the completion from the Assessment Test by the Teammates, a survey evaluating their practice based on the WorldBlu 10 Principles of Organizational Democracy™ is given to the Teammates.

The Assessment was developed on a decade of research into what makes a successful freedom-centered company.

Organizations from the for-profit and non-profit sectors that have been in operation for at least one full year and have five or more employees can apply for the certification.

As of Dec. 31, 2017, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,510 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 198,000 patients. The Company also operated 237 Outpatient Dialysis centers located in 11 Countries outside the United States.

DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world.

DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world.

Visit DaVita at http://davita.com for more information.

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The Old You VS. The New You

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The old you is not qualified to take you to your new destination… 

I remember those nights sleeping in the car and sleeping in the dark hallways of projects buildings. I remember I could’ve gone to my Mom’s house at any point.  I could have knocked on the door and she would have let me in. But I would have had to admit that I had made mistakes.  And I would have had to live by her rules. So because of that, I was out on the streets. I was eating terrible food.  I would eat cups noodles daily, I would cut up Slim-Jims and add them in. That would be my protein. I just didn’t want to follow the rules, and follow the process.

The old me didn’t understand that great processes are what built great empires. The old me didn’t recognize that I was already following a process, a unsuccessful one. I can go on and on about the gaps that were stopping the old me from moving forward. By me taking the time that was needed to understand how these gaps were negatively impacting my life I was able to make the necessary adjustments and give birth to the New Me. This is not something that you only do one time and be done. You will have to create a New You for every new level that you wish to dominate.

Take some time to sit down and identify the gaps in your life that are holding you back from creating the new you and dominating a new level.

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Let’s Be Honest

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You must believe that the person in the mirror controls your future.

 

You’re in the hunt to achieve something, and that’s great! I want you to think about how you felt when you first came up with the idea: you were excited and your body was “on fire” with anticipation! You’ve got to get that feeling back. When that feeling goes away, that means that you’re “fire is going out”. When that happens, you need to find something to rekindle that fire. You have to refuel your body when it feels hungry or tired. You have to refuel your car when the gas tank approaches empty, it’s the same with your goals. When you realize this, you’ll try to keep the (goal) tank as close to full as possible. Find a way to stay self-motivated when chasing your goals. When you find a way to do this, your life accelerates, your goals come closer and you’ll find the energy to overcome obstacles and setbacks.

It is so easy for us to be honest about what other people should be doing with their lives, whether it’s about family, business, or personal matters. We take our time to think it over and give them our two cents whether they want it or not, and we even say, “I’m just being honest.” It’s not so easy to be honest with ourselves, so we just figure out a way to justify every situation in our favor. When I started to be honest with myself about everything in my life—such as being a high school dropout, a drug dealer, homeless, disrespectful to my mother and my community, etc.—I was able to make the necessary changes to keep my fire lit. 

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