Medicare at 50

July 30, 2015 by

Medicare at 50 7-30-2015 bannerHarry Truman was president when I was born. I was 13 years old on July 30, 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Independence, Missouri to sign the new law creating Medicare, in the presence of former President Truman, one of the law’s greatest advocates and the program’s first enrollee in 1966.

The data since the law took effect reveal stunning results:

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The day health care in America changed forever

July 29, 2015 by

Tomorrow, July 30, is a date of historic firsts.

In 1619, the House of Burgesses, America’s first elected governing assembly met for the first time in Virginia, just 12 years after the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown.

In 1792, 500 Marseillaisians sang France’s national anthem for first time, Allons enfants de la patrie . . .

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Department of Defense moves to protect service members and their families from abusive creditors

July 23, 2015 by

A soldier returns from a tour of duty in Afghanistan to find his car repossessed in his absence. A sailor on patrol in the Persian Gulf receives a notice that the lender is raising the interest rate on her home loan and demands a balloon payment. With all of the pressures our service members face, should they also have to cope with abusive, devious lenders?

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Bonds: Building blocks for a stronger Maine economy

July 13, 2015 by

“Maine has a lot of work to do in order to keep up with our rapidly changing world and to compete successfully in the global marketplace. Implementing a more substantial bond package that strengthens our economy through investments in infrastructure and technology is of the utmost importance to setting Maine and its people on course to a more prosperous future.”

Maine legislators recently passed two bond proposals: LD 1415, An … Read the rest

New overtime regulation changes are welcome

July 2, 2015 by

“Two days ago, President Obama announced that he’s taking the easiest route to fixing this loophole. He is updating the standards so that employers cannot deny overtime pay to any worker who makes less than $50,440 annually. This is a dramatic change from the current $23,660 threshold, but it actually just brings us back to 1975 standards when adjusted for inflation.”

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