Voters send clear message on health care

first_imgThe health-care message was hammered home in Virginia and Maine by huge electoral margins. In exit polls across the Old Dominion, 2 out of 5 voters identified health care as their top concern — more than twice as many as named any other issue.Among those health-care voters, 77 percent favored the Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who supports Obamacare and expanding Virginia’s Medicaid program under the law; just 23 percent backed the Republican, Ed Gillespie, who opposes both.In Maine, a referendum to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, which would extend health insurance to some 80,000 low-income adults,won in a landslide, 59 percent to 41 percent.That was a direct rebuke to the Republican governor, Paul LePage, who vetoed Medicaid expansion five times after it was approved, also five times, by the state legislature.The outcome in Maine, which would become the 32nd state to expand Medicaid under Obamacare but the first to do so by referendum, may prompt similar ballot measures in other GOP-dominated holdout states.Nationwide, some 2.5 million uninsured adults who could gain access to Medicaid live in the remaining states that have balked at expansion; about 15 million Americans have signed up for Medicaid under the expansion.It’s not that Americans haven’t heard Republican arguments that expanding health coverage to vulnerable adults will translate into a long-term expense for states – although under Obamacare the federal government will cover at least 90 percent of the cost. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post:There’s a long list of issues on which President Donald Trump’s administration, and Republicans generally, are out of step with most Americans, yet on few of them is the chasm so broad or so deep as on health care.On Tuesday, voters made that clear in a pair of purple states, Virginia and Maine, while for the past week Americans across the country have been surging to sign up for health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which the White House and congressional Republicans have tried to repeal and, failing that, sabotage. In fact, voters have taken into account those warnings — as well as the likelihood that expanded Medicaid will create jobs and bolster the finances of some hospitals — and decided they favor expansion anyway.The Trump administration and Capitol Hill Republicans are deaf to the fact that too many Americans lack health insurance.Even after Congress’s attempts to repeal Obamacare; even after the administration slashed outreach and marketing efforts for the open-enrollment period; and even after Trump killed subsidy payments to insurers, threatening higher premiums for some policies, sign-ups through HealthCare.gov had roughly doubled in the enrollment period’s first week, through Nov. 7, compared with the previous year.No matter how often Trump and the GOP call for a federal retreat from ensuring decent health care and insurance, Americans are plainly unconvinced.In fact, there is every indication, including rising approval ratings for Obamacare itself, that the public has rejected the Republican health-care agenda in favor of an active government role.They delivered that message about as clearly as imaginable on Tuesday. Will Republicans in Virginia and around the nation finally pay heed?More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Property shares perform poorly in 10-year hangover

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Trouble in Paradise

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Royal Mail site gets sorted

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The rise and fall – and rise again – of internet hotels

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Prescott rules out CSC’s Oxford city centre transformation

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Mayoral pledge

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Minister confirms supplementary business rate

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SOIna strengthens ties with Asia-Pacific counterparts to improve athletes’ welfare

first_imgThe cooperation is also part of the SOIna’s strategy to gather support from regional countries in hopes of in turn gaining support for Indonesia’s bid to host the Special Olympics Games Asia Pacific in 2022.Meetings will be held every three months in different locations. The first meeting, held on Monday, was organized in Singapore.Vicky Sihotang said besides the 2022 Special Olympics, the organization was also looking forward to the National Games, which will be held this year, and the 2023 World Games in Berlin.“We need all hands on deck to prepare for the event. Among the strategies, we are going to build more awareness,” he said. Topics : The Special Olympics Indonesia (SOIna) has announced its intention to strengthen ties with similar organizations in the region to improve the credibility of data on athletes.SOIna chief Warsito Ellwein and national director Vicky Sihotang met with president and managing director of the Special Olympics Asia Pacific (SOAP), Dipak Natali, to discuss ways to improve data credibility.“We have strengthened cooperation to improve the quality of our athletes with intellectual disabilities,” Warsito said after the meeting on Monday.last_img read more

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Agus Yudhoyono elected as Democratic Party chairman

first_imgAgus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the eldest son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has been elected as the Democratic Party’s new chairman by acclamation on Sunday, following in his father’s footsteps.The decision was made after a plenary session, held during the party’s fifth national congress in Jakarta, conducted a verification and declared Agus eligible to become the party’s new chairman. “That’s right, [he was] elected by acclamation,” said Democratic Party executive Ferdinand Hutahaean, as quoted by kompas.com on Sunday.During the registration of his candidacy, AHY had already received 93 percent of the votes from the party’s regional executive boards (DPD) and branch executive boards (DPC).AHY is the fifth politician to hold the position after Subur Budhisantoso helmed the party from 2001 to 2005, Hadi Utomo from 2005 to 2010, Anas Urbaningrum from 2010 to 2013 and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from 2013 to 2020.Agus had served as the party’s deputy chairman since October 2019 after his duties as the party’s joint election command chief ended following the 2019 general election.Many observers have said Agus may run for president in 2024. (asp)Topics :last_img read more

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