FEWER PEO­PLE WITH OBA­MACARE SKIP DOC­TOR VIS­ITS

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Af­ter the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Af­ford­able Care Act, peo­ple in a ma­jor­ity of states were less likely to skip doc­tors’ vis­its be­cause of con­cerns about the cost of care, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port that at­tempts to paint a snap­shot of the ef­fects of the law as its days are num­bered.

Cen­sus data re­leased this fall re­vealed that the over­all unin­sured rate had reached a his­toric low in 2015.

The new anal­y­sis by the Com­mon­wealth Fund de­tails that those states with the big­gest de­clines of unin­sured res­i­dents were states that ex­panded Med­i­caid, a pro­vi­sion of Oba­macare.

It also found that in 38 states and the District of Columbia, the per­cent­age of adults who said they avoided med­i­cal care be­cause of its cost de­clined by at least 2 per­cent­age points dur­ing the three-year pe­riod

6.4 mil­lion signed up for Af­ford­able Care Act so far.

The White House said Wed­nes­day that 6.4 mil­lion peo­ple have en­rolled for sub­si­dized pri­vate cov­er­age through HealthCare.gov, ahead of last year’s pace. De­spite ris­ing pre­mi­ums, dwin­dling in­sur­ers and the Repub­li­can vow to re­peal Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health care law, about 400,000 more peo­ple signed up through Mon­day than for a com­pa­ra­ble pe­riod in 2015, the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Depart­ment said.

Turkey links Rus­sian en­voy’s killer to U.S.-based cleric Gulen B

ankara, turkey» Turkey’s pres­i­dent on Wed­nes­day im­pli­cated a U.S.-based Mus­lim cleric in the killing of Rus­sia’s en­voy to Turkey, say­ing the po­lice­man who car­ried out the attack was a mem­ber of his “ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Am­bas­sador An­drei Karlov was killed Mon­day evening by a gun­man in front of stunned on­look­ers at a photo ex­hi­bi­tion in Ankara. The as­sas­sin, Mev­lut Mert Alt­in­tas of Ankara’s riot po­lice, was killed in a po­lice op­er­a­tion.

“(Alt­in­tas) was a mem­ber of the FETO ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion. There is no point in hid­ing this,” Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said. “From the places he was raised to his con­nec­tions — that’s what they point at.”

Turkey has ac­cused Fethul­lah Gulen — a for­mer ally who has turned into Er­do­gan’s top foe — of try­ing to desta­bi­lize Turkey and says his move­ment is be­hind a failed mil­i­tary coup in July aimed at top­pling the Turk­ish leader.

Driv­ers to pay for state pa­trol’s un­der­funded pen­sion

B sacra­mento, calif.» Cal­i­for­ni­ans in April will start pay­ing more to reg­is­ter their cars — not to help main­tain roads, but to keep the pen­sion checks rolling for the mo­tor­cy­cle cops who po­liced them. The re­tire­ment fund for the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol is worse off than any other man­aged by Cal­i­for­nia Pub­lic Em­ploy­ees’ Re­tire­ment Sys­tem, the largest U.S. pen­sion, as pay­ments by the state and em­ploy­ees fail to keep up with ben­e­fits locked in dur­ing the dot-com bub­ble. As a re­sult, the state’s con­tri­bu­tions jumped 14 per­cent this year to $415 mil­lion and are pro­jected to con­tinue ris­ing. A $10 in­crease to reg­is­tra­tion fees will help cover the ex­pense.

Uber pulls self-driv­ing cars from Cal­i­for­nia roads B

san fran­cisco» Uber pulled its self-driv­ing cars from Cal­i­for­nia roads af­ter state reg­u­la­tors moved to re­voke their reg­is­tra­tions, of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day.

The move comes af­ter a week of talks be­tween the ride-hail­ing com­pany and state reg­u­la­tors failed.

Hours af­ter Uber launched the ser­vice in its home­town of San Fran­cisco on Dec. 14, the Depart­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles threat­ened le­gal ac­tion if the com­pany did not stop. The cars need the same spe­cial per­mit as the 20 other com­pa­nies test­ing self­driv­ing tech­nol­ogy in Cal­i­for­nia, reg­u­la­tors ar­gued.

Uber main­tains it does not need a per­mit be­cause the cars are not so­phis­ti­cated enough to con­tin­u­ously drive them­selves.

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