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4 months ago

Donald Trump's economic plan could cause a recession - Yahoo Movies (blog)

Donald Trumps economic ideas have emotional appeal to a lot of voters. But if the Republican presidential candidate won office and did everything he has pledged to do, the result would be a recession that would harm many of the Americans Trump says he wants to help.

Thats the conclusion of a new analysis by Moodys Analytics, which found that the economy will be significantly weaker if Mr. Trumps economic proposals are adopted. Income will stagnate, and stock prices and real house values will decline.

Trump hasnt crafted a detailed economic plan, but he has built his campaign around several broad, populist ideas: tax cuts for everyone, curtailing or killing free-trade pacts, new

6 months ago

Health Care Costs Outpacing Costs Covered by Insurance - Washington Free Beacon


BY: Ali MeyerFollow @DJAliMeyer

April 14, 2016 3:23 pm

Average payments by enrollees for deductibles and coinsurance have grown faster than the average payments for copayments from 2004 to 2014, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study.

From 2004 to 2014, the average payments by enrollees towards deductibles rose 256% from $99 to $353, and the average payments towards coinsurance rose 107%, from $117 to $242, while average payments for copays fell by 26%, from $206 to $152, states the report.

Patient cost-sharing rose substantially faster than payments for care by health plans as insurance coverage became a little less generous, state the study. The average deductible for people with employer-provided health coverage rose from $303 to $1,077 between 2006 and 2015.

According to the study, average payments for deductibles have increased quite rapidly over time. Deductibles are the most visible element of an insurance plan to patients, which may help explain why consumers are showing concern, the study states. Although health insurance coverage continues to pay a large share of the cost of covered benefits, patients in large employer plans are paying a greater share of their medical expenses out-of-pocket.

This report is the latest sign that Obamacare is not affordable, according to the nonprofit group Freedom Partners.

This analysis comes on the heels of another recent Kaiser study showing that the rate at which health care premiums are increasing has quickened under Obamacare, states the group. Higher out of pocket costs paired with these skyrocketing premiums means that Americans are paying more for insurance up front and getting less coverage.

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11 months ago

Stop Your Financial Fight With These Expert Tips!

Dealing with personal finance is a skill that every adult must learn. Many people never learn the right way to handle their money, having learned the skill from their parents, who also learned from their parents,. That is the problem. Here are some solid suggestions for handling personal finances well.

Exercise caution when you estimate what sort of mortgage payments you can afford. A mortgage is a very long-term financial proposition. Meeting your payment obligations will rely on how much money you will earn over a number of years. Keep in mind the possibility that your income may stay constant or even fall in the future, when you consider mortgage payments.

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11 months ago

Make Good Personal Finance Choices With This Advice

In today's world financial goals are important. Whether saving for a car, home or even college tuition for your kids, you need a solid plan to hit those goals. Advice can be the best thing for building your foundation for a plan or impacting the plan you already have set forth. Read ahead and find some help that can make the difference you need.

When using an ATM while traveling, make sure the bank itself is open. ATMs have an annoying tendency to eat cards. This can be a major inconvenience if your card is eaten at a bank that is hundreds of miles from home. If the bank is open, you will more likely be able to retrieve your card.