PPDB June 26, 2017: Health care and more

The report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which will evaluate the impact of the Senate’s health care bill, could come out as early as today. That CBO score should give us a better idea of exactly how many people might lose insurance, how much premiums might rise for working Americans under this plan, and the impact on those covered by Medicaid.

There are reportedly five GOP holdouts on the bill including staunch ObamaCare opponent Ron Johnson from Wisconsin. (Those of you from Kansas: Sen. Jerry Moran is reportedly “on the fence.”)

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Remembering our neighborhood

After the Manchester attacks, like after so many of the other tragic incidents of domestic and international terrorism lately, the Mr. Rogers quote about looking for the helpers started circulating across social media.

Not long after, this tweetstorm surfaced from journalist and author Anthony Breznican about meeting Fred Rogers during a particularly sad time in his life. You should read the entire tweetstorm here, but grab some Kleenex first.

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Health care is not a free market

A few years ago, I ran the Marine Corp Marathon. It was not a brag-worthy performance, but I finished and that’s all I really have to say about it. I’ve checked it off the bucket list and I’ll probably never go that long of a distance without the assistance of a car ever again.

In the weeks after, I developed a pain in my hip. I went to my primary care doctor who couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Concerned I could have torn something, the doctor referred me to a specialist who recommended an MRI.

I had a terrible insurance plan with a ridiculously high deductible compared to my salary. When I called to make the appointment, the receptionist told me I would need to have the payment for the MRI at the time of service.

“How much will that cost?” I asked.

“We don’t know,” she replied.

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The conversation we need to have about child care

Back in January, I was on the phone with Amethyst Place Executive Director Kim Davis and Program Director Julie Carmichael, interviewing them for a blog post for this site. As we were chatting, Davis told me she was looking at the television screen for the security cameras to the parking lot of the nonprofit’s apartment complex.

“The lot is full,” she sighed.

It was 2 p.m. on a weekday, but it had snowed in Kansas City the night before and the Kansas City School District had called off school. It may have made sense nobody had left for work that day, but it’s actually indicative of a larger societal problem: The cost and availability of child care keeps families locked in poverty, especially single moms with small children.

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