Health Care And Paying For It
Health Care And Paying For It
GOP Spending Bill Targets Obama's Cuba Moves
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According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 1 in 3 Americans has trouble paying their medical bills. What's more, 11% of adults report having medical bills they can't afford to pay at all. Because price transparency is finally being pushed to the forefront of the health care landscape, now is the time to start thinking about medical costs as a personal finance issue.
House Republicans rolled out a $55.3 billion transportation and housing bill Tuesday which is lean on spending but fatter on policy riders, including new provisions challenging President Obama’s efforts to open up more channels between the U.S. and Cuba. Restrictions would be imposed on the Transportation Department and Federal Maritime Administration to block the licensing of new air flights and cruise ship routes to Cuba if the landing fields or docks include property that had been confiscated at one point by the Castro government. The language reflects the increased power enjoyed by Florida Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, who has taken over the House Appropriations Committee panel charged with managing the annual budget bill.
In a sobering example of life imitating art, the chaos sweeping the streets of Baltimore may have been partly inspired by a series of action-horror movies. Baltimore police said rioting at a shopping mall and elsewhere Monday afternoon started amid rumors, spread on social media, of a "purge" led by large groups of marauding high school students. The term appears to be a reference to 2013's "The Purge" and its sequel, last year's "The Purge: Anarchy," about a dystopian future America where on one day each year, all laws are suspended for a 12-hour period and all crimes, including murder, become temporarily legal.
A Pentagon official said Tuesday, Iranian forces fired warning shots across the bridge of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel as it was traversing the Strait of Hormuz in Iranian territorial waters, boarded the ship and directed it toward the Iranian mainland. The incident, which prompted the U.S. Navy to dispatch a destroyer and a plane in response, comes as Iran and the U.S. along with other world powers try to hammer out a final deal over Tehran's nuclear program. Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman stated the master of the cargo ship MV Maersk Tigris had initially refused an Iranian order to move further into Iranian waters, but after the warning shots were fired the vessel complied. The cargo ship, which had more than 30 people aboard, was directed to waters near Larak Island. Iranian state television stated the ship was seized based on a court order due to unspecified violations.
Hiroshi Yamagata, a leading Japanese sound engineer, was killed in the Mount Everest avalanche on Saturday while in Nepal working on Chinese documentary, according to reports from a local travel company. The 56-year-old sound engineer, who had worked on numerous films in Japan and China, was in demand due to his technical skills, easygoing personality and Chinese-language abilities, said those who had worked with him. Tokyo-based filmmaker John Williams, who first worked with Yamagata on Starfish Hotel in 2006 said, "As well as being a brilliant sound mixer, he was a lovely guy, always calm and smiling. He'd always take us for Chinese food,"
A United Nations agency said Tuesday more than 300,000 Yemenis have been driven from their homes by a month of violence in the impoverished Arab nation, double the number only two weeks ago, amid escalating fighting with Shiite rebels and the continued Saudi-led air campaign. The three cities of Dhale, Aden and Taiz --the third largest city in Yemen -- have been declared "disaster zones" by the internationally-recognized government in exile, which said the humanitarian situation is on verge of collapse.