Twenty million Americans would lose health care coverage under proposals by Republican Donald Trump and his plan would increase the federal deficit by as much as $41 billion, according to a new study released by the Rand Corporation Friday.
The study compared plans offered by Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, although a Rand news release on the project said the analysis was challenging because both candidates’ proposals lacked “specific detail, especially on implementation.”
Three out of four Clinton health care plans also increase the federal deficit — from $3.5 billion to $90.4 billion — but they increase the number of insured people and decrease out-of-pocket spending among those insured.
A Clinton proposal to offer a “public option” health insurance plan — considered but rejected by Congress in 2010 — would reduce the federal deficit by $700 million, according to the Rand analysis.
The centerpiece of Trump’s plan is to repeal the Affordable Care Act and allow tax deductions for the full cost of health care premiums.
“The combined effect of the Trump proposals is to decrease the number of insured by 20.3 million and increase the federal deficit by $5.8 billion,” said Christine Eibner, Rand senior economist. “The combined effect of the Clinton proposals is to increase the number of insured by 9.1 million and increase the federal deficit by $88.5 billion.”
She added: “One thing that may surprise readers is that repealing the ACA increases the federal deficit, which may seem counterintuitive. The ACA has several mechanisms for raising revenue and reducing federal spending, including changes to Medicare payments; an increase in the Medicare hospital insurance tax for people with high incomes; and various taxes including those on health plans, medical devices, branded prescription drugs, and tanning services.”
In a global race with other kids, those from the U.S. would probably be huffing and puffing their way to the finish line, a new study says.
A team of researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario hooked up with the University of North Dakota to study aerobic fitness levels of kids in 50 different countries.
They ran a 20-meter shuffle or “bleep test” — a standard fitness evaluation — on healthy kids age 9-17.
They found that the fittest kids overall came from Tanzania, Iceland, Estonia, Norway and Japan. The U.S. placed 47th out of 50 and Mexico was in last place.
“If all the kids in the world were to line up for a race, the average American child would finish at the foot of the field,” said Grant Tomkinson, senior author of the study and an associate professor at the University of North Dakota.
It could be a coincidence, but I doubt it, that when you look at 2016 estimates of how much each country spends on Internet gaming the U.S. ranks second behind China, even with their 1.5 billion population compared to 324 million in the U.S.
But you can’t blame it all on gaming time, since Japan ranks third in gaming expenditures and still has the fifth fittest kids.
Experts say a lot of it also has a lot to do with time spent watching TV and gobbling down fast food.
In 2014, the federal Centers for Disease Control estimated that more than half of kids ages 12-15 are out of shape.
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