FEWER PEOPLE WITH OBAMACARE SKIP DOCTOR VISITS
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.