The protests stemmed from a July 22 incident in which Angelique Sloss, 21, was beaten up while sunbathing by a group of five young women who lived in a nearby Muslim neighborhood. Police said the women, all between the ages of 16 and 24, yelled at Sloss for being “immoral” and exposing her skin. They told her to get dressed, and a fight ensued.
Though not normally in the “Republican leadership is the problem” camp, I do join Brother Geraghty and others in wondering where all those promised vetoes have gone? When Republicans took the Senate in 2014, we imagined that Congress would be sending one bill after another to the president’s desk — not with the idea of overriding a veto — but simply to lay down markers about the kinds of reforms the Republican Party favors.
They did so on Obamacare and the Keystone pipeline. Good. The latter issue continues to cause heartburn for Hillary Clinton.
Repeal of the medical device tax included in Obamacare also passed.
Seven Jewish Lawmakers Could Tilt the Scales on Iran Deal,” headlines the Times of Israel. The members — Senator Charles Schumer, Representative Steve Israel, Representative Eliot Engel, Representative Adam Schiff, Representative Nita Lowey, Senator Ben Cardin, and Representative Ted Deutch — are all Democrats. They must choose between loyalty to their party’s president, and concern about what the deal portends for Israeli and American security.
… Spent more than a few hours drinking very average Danish beer there. But 15 years after Boulder Beer opened it’s doors they finally opened a modern micro brew in Denmark.
On ABC’s This Week in May, George Stephanopoulos asked Sanders about this sort of rhetoric. “I can hear the Republican attack ad right now: ‘He wants American to look more like Scandinavia,’” the host said. Sanders didn’t flinch:
That’s right. That’s right. And what’s wrong with that? What’s wrong when you have more income and wealth equality? What’s wrong when they have a stronger middle class in many ways than we do, higher minimum wage than we do, and they are stronger on the environment than we do? Look, the fact of the matter is, we do a lot in our country, which is good, but we can learn from other countries.
The Treasury Department reported last week the number of Americans who faced fines because of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate was significantly higher than the Obama administration expected. For 2014, the IRS projected that roughly 6 million would face fines, but the final total was 1.5 million higher.
It was the first year in which buying health insurance was made mandatory under the ACA, with penalties of $95 or 1 percent of total income – whichever was higher – for people who did not comply.
The average penalty collected for the 2014 tax year was about $200, the IRS reported. …
… But an investigation by the Government Accountability Office recently revealed that fake applicants who enrolled in health insurance programs through the federal exchange were receiving subsidies. Those phony applicants had initially enrolled during 2014, but they were automatically re-enrolled and continued to benefit from tax subsidies in 2015, the GAO said.
The GAO was successful in 11 of 12 attempts to register fictitious people with the federal health insurance exchange. In seven of those cases, the fake applications were missing vital pieces of information, which should have raised red flags during the approval process.
California’s health-care plan for the poor, serving one in three people in the state and almost half its children, is facing a $1.1 billion funding gap amid a squabble over how to replace a tax the federal government said is unfair.
To finance Medi-Cal, California charges 25 managed-care plans a 3.9 percent tax on their total Medi-Cal revenue. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has said the levy fails to comply with federal guidelines because it doesn’t apply to all managed-care providers.
If California doesn’t fix the system before its tax expires in June 2016, the state risks losing $1.1 billion in matching federal funds that help pay the health-care costs for 11.3 million people. Seven other states, including Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania, levied taxes similar to California’s.
Five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate step-like movements thanks to a new strategy that non-invasively delivers electrical stimulation to their spinal cords. The strategy, called transcutaneous stimulation, delivers electrical current to the spinal cord by way of electrodes strategically placed on the skin of the lower back. This expands to nine the number of completely paralyzed individuals who have achieved voluntary movement while receiving spinal stimulation.