Republican Healthcare Act 2017 for Seniors? Amazon Fashion! ATT Charges you to PROTECT YOU!

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The Senate bill that guts the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million by 2026, according to the analysis of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released Monday. Fifteen million more people would be uninsured next year, and the total number of uninsured would swell to 49 million in a decade, the CBO found. Some of the worst effects of the bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), would fall upon older, low-income individuals.

This is the part that should concern older Americans. “The increase would be disproportionately larger among older people with lower income,” the 49-page CBO analysis said, “particularly people between 50 and 64 years old with income of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.”
Right now Current law bars insurers from charging older adults more than three times as much for premiums as they charge younger people for the same coverage. The Senate bill would allow what AARP has called an Age Tax, allowing insurers to charge older adults five times as much, and states could receive waivers to charge them even more.

The Senate bill also would diminish premium tax credits available under current law. The tax credits would decrease — or disappear entirely — as a person ages, thereby raising their premiums. “Premiums for older people ineligible for subsidies would be much higher under this legislation,”

The Senate bill would cost older Americans much more for the same coverage they have now.

Here it is. According to the CBO, in 2026 a 64-year-old with an income of $56,800 would pay $20,500 for a silver- level plan. Under current law, that same plan would cost the senior $6,800.

Please, whether you pull R or D at the voting booth, call your representative and tell them NO.


Now for our yak about tech. I’ve discussed privacy before on this show, but here is something you might find disconcerting. This one from Chris Smith at BGR.

So a guy walks into your home and says“Nice internet privacy you’ve got there! It’d be a shame if something bad were to happen to it.”
That’s the kind of line you’d expect in a mob movie from a thug looking for his weekly fee for protecting your privacy. In real life, AT&T can’t be quite so conspicuous, but that’s basically what the mobile carrier is considering doing, based on a recent interview with one of the executives on C-SPAN.
In an interview on C-SPAN last week, AT&T Senior Vice President Robert Quinn suggested that AT&T might charge users in the future to protect their privacy. The company tried this scheme in the past, DSLReports explains, asking users in 2016 to fork over between $531 to $800 more per year to opt out of its Internet Preferences program. The move was heavily criticized at the time, and AT&T soon dropped it to prevent it from jeopardizing its Time Warner deal.
However, AT&T is now reconsidering it.

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“We got an enormous amount of criticism from privacy advocates when we rolled out, in Austin, Texas, an ad- supported Internet service […] Privacy advocates screamed about that,” Quinn said. He then added that AT&T might revisit a product similar to that, but sell it as an ad-based internet service that will give the user “more control” for a tax.

“As the privacy revolution evolves, I think people are going to want more control, and maybe that’s the pricing model that’s ultimately what consumers want,” Quinn said.
It’s unclear at this time what that means, and whether AT&T will indeed go forward with it. However, as DSLReports says, just because you’d pay for better privacy doesn’t mean that AT&T would stop collecting your data. Until then, just hope that no one comes knocking on your door about your privacy.

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Another Yak About Tech that you should love. Mike Wehner from BGR told us about A new service from Amazon – Amazon will now ship you clothing just to try it on, for free

SO how does it work. Mike says Shopping on Amazon is one of the most painless ways to buy things these days

 

 

— and that simplicity is one of the big reasons why the company has continued to grow at a breakneck pace — but when it comes to buying clothes, being able to see, touch, and try on a new item is still a win for the local mall. That could change rather quickly, as Amazon just revealed a new “try before you buy” option called Prime Wardrobe.

Prime Wardrobe is exactly what you’re probably thinking it is: You pick clothes from Amazon Fashion, the company ships them to you to try on, and then you send whatever you don’t want right back to Amazon, for free. You only pay for the items you keep, and Amazon will sweeten the deal by offering discounts based on the number of pieces you choose to hang on to, with up to 20% off.

For the stuff you want to return, each Prime Wardrobe shipment comes with a return label that you slap right on the box it came in, and then set it outside to be whisked away back to the company’s warehouse. You get a total of seven days to make the decision on each Wardrobe shipment, which is a pretty generous window.

Amazon says there will be over one million items included in the Prime Wardrobe program, including lots of extremely popular brands like Levi’s, Adidas, Hugo Boss, and Calvin Klein. There’s no additional fee for the

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Wardrobe shipments aside from the yearly Prime membership which is required to use the service. The program is currently in a testing phase, but Amazon says it plans to launch it soon.

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