for the benefit of selectmen: from the Massachusetts Municipal Association website.
The fate and composition of federal legislation on health care reform remains unclear, but it appears increasingly likely that the so-called Cadillac tax will come into effect, though not quite as soon as initially planned.
At the beginning of May, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, which is intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), but would retain many provisions of the ACA. Under the bill, those with preexisting conditions would still be able to get insurance, though states would have more flexibility in determining what conditions insurers would be required to cover. Individuals would still be able to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26, and there would be no lifetime cap on the amount of care an individual can receive on a given insurance plan.
The House bill would also retain the ACA’s Cadillac tax, which was designed to be the primary funding mechanism for the ACA to pay for some of the more costly policy changes.
The Cadillac tax is a 40 percent annual excise on individual health insurance plans valued above $10,800 and family plans valued above $29,500. The tax was originally due to go into effect in 2018, but the start date was pushed back to 2020. With the arrival of the Trump administration, however, there was uncertainty about the fate of the tax.
Note: 40 percent annual excise, perhaps that led to the confusion with motor vehicle excise tax?
There is also more information on the MIIA website.
The cause was
, a complication of pneumonia , Vanity Fair magazine said in announcing the death, at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Mr. Hitchens, who lived in Washington, learned he had esophageal cancer while on a publicity tour in 2010 for his memoir, “Hitch-22,” and began writing and, on television, speaking about his illness frequently. cancer
“In whatever kind of a ‘race’ life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist,” Mr. Hitchens wrote in Vanity Fair, for which he was a contributing editor.
He took pains to emphasize that he had not revised his position on
, articulated in his best-selling 2007 book, “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” although he did express amused appreciation at the hope, among some concerned Christians, that he might undergo a late-life conversion. atheism
He also professed to have no regrets for a lifetime of heavy
and drinking. “Writing is what’s important to me, and anything that helps me do that — or enhances and prolongs and deepens and sometimes intensifies argument and conversation — is worth it to me,” he told smoking in a television interview in 2010, adding that it was “impossible for me to imagine having my life without going to those parties, without having those late nights, without that second bottle.” Charlie Rose
(reminds me of a photo on twitter of a supposed grown man, wearing a suit, holding a beer and then doing a face first plunge into a swimming pool)
Christopher Eric Hitchens was born on April 13, 1949, in Portsmouth,
. His father was a career officer in the Royal Navy and later earned a modest living as a bookkeeper. England
Though it strained the family budget, Christopher was sent to private schools in Tavistock and
, at the insistence of his mother. “If there is going to be an upper class in this country, then Christopher is going to be in it,” he overheard his mother saying to his father, clinching a spirited argument. Cambridge
He was politically attuned even as a 7-year-old. “I was precocious enough to watch the news and read the papers, and I can remember October 1956, the simultaneous crisis in
and Suez, very well,” he told the magazine The Progressive in 1997. “And getting a sense that the world was dangerous, a sense that the game was up, that the Hungary was over.” Empire
Even before arriving at Balliol College,
, Mr. Hitchens had been drawn into left-wing politics, primarily out of opposition to the Vietnam War. After heckling a Maoist speaker at a political meeting, he was invited to join the International Socialists, a Trotskyite party. Thus began a dual career as political agitator and upper-crust sybarite. He arranged a packed schedule of antiwar demonstrations by day and Champagne-flooded parties with Oxford’s elite at night. Spare time was devoted to the study of philosophy, politics and economics. Oxford