Congressmen React To GOP-Backed ACA Change

first_img Related Stories Some Georgia Congressmen are reacting to a Republican-backed bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives Friday – a bill that could bring changes to the Affordable Care Act.House Republicans – with the help of 39 Democrats –passed the Upton Bill, which was spearheaded by Michigan Rep. Fred Upton.As heard on the radio2:06The bill calls for a temporary reinstatement of some canceled individual insurance policies. Under the proposal, insurers could continue selling plans through next year that don’t meet the coverage standards set by the Affordable Care Act.Speaking on the House floor before the vote, Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson called the plan “an attempt to sabotage the president’s signature legislation.”“There are over 100,000 people who’ve now been able to attain insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It’s working. We need to work to improve it, and I stand ready to do so,” Johnson said.The clunky rollout of the Affordable Care Act and criticism over canceled plans prompted President Obama Thursday to change course on the law. Just like the Upton Bill, the president’s proposed fix allows those whose individual plans were canceled to stay on their existing policy through next year.In contrast, the Upton Bill allows new customers to also buy those plans, even though those individuals would eventually have to move off those policies because they don’t include all the benefits required by the law.Critics contend that would upend progress on the Affordable Care Act’s rollout because it would drive people, mainly young, healthy individuals, away from more comprehensive – though possibly more expensive – policies. Republican Rep. Robert Woodall said new customers are key to those reinstated plans’ continued – though temporary – success.“If you and I are in a plan together, and I drop out, there’s no risk sharing anymore. It’s all you as the risk. The insurance pool doesn’t work unless we’re sharing risk,” Woodall said.And Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey points to the much-derided federal health exchange website, saying people who’ve struggled to sign up for individual plans might face a gap in their coverage, and therefore need other options.“If you slowly move people off these policies … and they are not able to get a replacement policy from their health insurance company or on the exchange because our government has failed to allow them to get on these exchanges, and there’s a gap in their coverage, and they’re going bare, and they get run over by a Mack truck, what’s going to happen to them?”Republican Rep. Tom Price said the option to choose one of the reinstated policies shouldn’t be limited to pre-existing holders.“What we’re trying to do is make it fair – make it fair for individuals to choose what they want,” Price said.But both Woodall and Price say Republicans don’t have any promises that insurers will continue to sell those reinstated plans.  Woodall said the Upton bill wasn’t meant to fix that problem.“The president made promises,” Woodall said. “Those promises have broken. And the Upton Bill today does not and cannot make good on those promises.”Gingrey, meanwhile, questions the legality of Obama’s move, saying the president needs congressional approval to change his own law.“Now he could come back to Congress and ask for a change – and indeed we did that in the House of Representatives. We made that change. It took the pressure off of him in a way so that there was no question about him breaking the law or doing something that’s unconstitutional,” Gingrey said.The president has threatened to veto the Upton bill. It’s unclear how Senate Democrats will proceed.  Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 2:06 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

Grateful Dead ‘All The Years Live’ Video Series: “Samson And Delilah” From Winterland New Year’s Eve 1978 [Watch]

first_imgThe latest addition to the ongoing “All The Years Live” video series from the Grateful Dead is available now on the band’s YouTube channel. The new archival release features a performance of “Samson and Delilah” from the Dead’s New Year’s Eve performance at The Winterland in San Francisco, CA on December 31st, 1978.The video of “Samson and Delilah” now joins previously-shared videos from the last-ever show at The Winterland as part of “All The Years Live” including “St. Stephen”, “Sugar Magnolia” > “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire On The Mountain”, and “Not Fade Away”.Related: Grateful Dead Land 100th Album On U.S. Billboard ChartAs Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux notes in the video’s description, “Tear that old building down they did! From the Closing Of Winterland, the Dead certainly gave their home venue a wonderful, appropriate goodbye, with an all-night show featuring some of their greatest, most-loved songs. The building stood for another seven years before it was finally demolished in 1985.”Relive the Dead’s performance of “Samson and Delilah” from New Year’s Eve at the Winterland below.Grateful Dead – “Samson and Delilah” – 12/31/78[Video: Grateful Dead]The arrival of the pro-shot “They Love Each Other’” is the latest installment in the Dead’s ongoing archival video series. Previous editions of the band’s weekly “All The Years Live” series have included:“They Love Each Other” from 12/27/1983 at at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium“High Time” from July 16th, 1990 at Rich Stadium“Truckin’” from October 19th, 1974 at Winterland Ballroom“Feel Like A Stranger” from June 26th, 1993 at RFK Stadium“Cold Rain And Snow” from July 4th, 1989 at Rich Stadium“Let It Grow” from July 8th, 1990 at Three Rivers Stadium“St. Stephen” from New Year’s Eve 1978 at Winterland Ballroom“Throwing Stones” from New Year’s Eve 1987 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum“Stagger Lee” from July 1st, 1992 at Buckeye Lake“Help On The Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower” from June 14th, 1991 at JFK Stadium“Weather Report Suite from October 18th, 1984 at Winterland Ballroom“Bird Song” From at New Year’s Eve 1987 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum“Way To Go Home” From June 13th, 1993 at Rich Stadium“Black-Throated Wind” from June 14th, 1991 at RFK Stadium“Heaven Help The Fool” from October 30th, 1980 at Radio City Music Hall“China Cat Sunflower” / “I Know You Rider” from October 17th, 1974 at the Winterland Ballroom“Let It Grow” from July 16th, 1990 at Rich Stadium“Loose Lucy” from June 17th, 1991 at Giants Stadium“Big Boss Man” from June 16th, 1990 at Shoreline Amphitheatre“New Speedway Boogie” from June 17th, 1991 at Giants Stadium“Terrapin Station” from July 26th, 1987 at Anaheim Stadium“Not Fade Away” from New Year’s Eve 1978 at the Winterland Ballroom“Cassidy” from June 17th, 1991 at Giants Stadium“Stagger Lee” from July 4th, 1991 at Rich Stadium“Lazy River Road” from June 26th, 1993 at RFK Stadium“Bird Song” from July 1st, 1992 at Buckeye Lake“Shakedown Street” from June 22nd, 1991 at Soldier Field“My Brother Esau” from July 24th, 1987 at Oakland, CA’s Oakland-Alameda County ColiseumBlow Away” from 7/16/90 at Rich Stadium“Touch of Grey” from 7/4/1989 at Rich Stadium“China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” from 7/6/1990 at Cardinal Stadium“Estimated Prophet” from 7/8/1990 at Three Rivers Stadium“Reuben & Cherise” from 6/6/90 at Buckeye Lake“Morning Dew” from 10/18/74 at the Winterland Ballroom“Sugar Magnolia”/”Scarlet Begonias”/”Fire On The Mountain” from 12/31/78 at the Winterland Ballroom,“Wang Dang Doodle” from June 14th, 1991 at RFK StadiumView Previous Releaseslast_img read more

Trident targets shipping’s sulphur

first_imgThe Trident Alliance is a coalition of ship owners and operators that share a common interest in the enforcement of maritime sulphur regulation and are willing to collaborate to help bring it about. The current members include: American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARRC), EUKOR Car Carriers Inc, Höegh Autoliners, J. Lauritzen, Maersk, Rickmers-Linie, Stena, Torvald Klaveness, UECC, Unifeeder and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.Roger Strevens, vice president environment of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, who has been elected chairman of The Trident Alliance, explained: “Robust enforcement of sulphur regulation is needed for health and the environment and, from the perspective of maintaining a level playing field, it is a business imperative. Already during its formation the Trident Alliance has raised awareness of the current shortcomings of enforcement and related consequences, particularly in the European ECA. Now our work starts in earnest.”The alliance will use a number of different strategies to bring about robust and transparent enforcement, which is likely to vary from country to country, and will raise awareness globally. It will also communicate with industry stakeholders regarding innovations in enforcement technologies.www.tridentalliance.orglast_img read more

Golden Jags player signs with Liverpool FC

first_imgGolden Jaguars International Kai-McKenzie Lyle, has signed for the youth team of English Premier League giant Liverpool FC. According to website ‘’, the Merseyside giant completed the transfer of the Barnet shot-stopper following a trial during the month of August.The 6’7 English born custodian, has secured three caps for the Guyana Senior team.His most recent outing occurred on September 6th 2018 at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora in a 2-2 draw against Barbados on the opening night of the CONCACAF Nations League.last_img read more