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It has boiled down to one of the two theories- ‘Healthcare a fundamental right’ or ‘Healthcare a Marketplace’.

A Mairch Kaiser Health poll found 59% of Americans do favor a Medicare for all plans including, about one-third of the Republicans also. One in ten voters said candidates’ reviews on National Health plan would be the most important factor they will consider in the midterm elections. Healthcare is the top voter issue as elections enter final weeks. The poll reading is the latest evidence that Democrats are well positioned to benefit from unpopular GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare.

Donald Trump in one of the latest conferences spoke, “this is no mistake but a replacement of Obamacare. It is a great plan we have and ultimately it is not about the country but it is about the individuals.” Pre-existing conditions have become a major Flashpoint among key races in the 2018-midterm elections. Democrats have charged that Republicans are in favor of revoking pre-existing condition protection as part of the effort to repeal Obamacare. Polls also read that 66% of candidates support for opposition to Trump will be a factor in whom they support. However, the voters did not break down whether the voters are more or less likely to support the candidates’ who is for Trump.

Barack Obama while recently interviewing with Vox.com, an online magazine says, “come up with things that will make the world better for people and many Democrats like me will be there to support it.” The Obamacare was signed on 23rd March 2010, creating individuals which expanded for almost 20 million adults. The best-case scenario, which is not realistic at this point is republicans pick up very specific parts of the law, that don’t like with the Democrats and work together to fix those, but that is not what the Republicans I looking at. The Republicans want to repeal it, they want to start over and keep something better than the previous. The Republicans are also finding it difficult to end a program that covers 20 million people and to end insurance to all these people. A pole reads the percentage of uninsured people in 2010 was 22% and 2016 was 11.9%. Many people due to this repealing can lose their healthcare if there is no replacement.

Obama added, “If they come up with a better replacement something cheaper than what we talked in Obamacare and helps people I am for it and there to support it. When in 2009-2010, the Democrats were all open for the ideas from the Congress and Republicans but they got was a big ‘No’ from the Republicans. There are some Republican plans for replacement also.

Healthcare was at the top of the list with 30%voters and 21% for jobs. The pre-existing conditions have become a major. Democrats have charged that Republicans are in favor of a revoking pre-existing conditions protections as a part of the effort to repeal Obamacare. Tough President Trump won big in Kentucky but the state also depends heavily on Obamacare. “Trump not thinking about the little people” were the words of a patient suffering from lung cancer in a local clinic in Virginia. Obama health care has saved a lot of people but now they pay the price. Along with mobile dental and medical units, WVHR sees over 26000 patients over a year. The ACA’s high cost has been at the heart of the Republican attack for years. Repealing the Act was a cornerstone of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

What is the cost of falling in the United States? Well, we are guessing the elections will decide.

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India Needs Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence To Reduce Fake News

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Currently, when the social media giants struggle to control fake news prior to the Lok Sabha polls in India, an Indian-origin tech junkie is not happy with this and according to him, the nation needs better human-centric Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based solutions to fight the escalation of wrong information. Lyric Jain, a 22-year-old Cambridge and MIT graduate, says social media platforms and other stakeholders, including the government, may design solutions to fight fake news but there will be anomalies, as is with the case with any technology.

Jain told, “India needs to prepare better as the stakes are high. Facebook is taking the problem of fake news seriously but there are many other digital platforms that aren’t working towards that direction.” Depicted by Jain, Logically has been developed by a varied team of data scientists, coders, designers and journalists.

Addition of a layer of reliability to the Internet to battle wrong information, the Logically platform works as a real-time, user-friendly filter, guaranteeing users can quickly consume information that is fair, authentic, credible and trusted (FACT). “News isn’t just limited to media houses anymore. The idea is to create ‘responsible sharing’ among people,” said Jain. “Logically will analyze whether the information is fake or not, even if the information is being provided by a well-known journalist from a credible publication,” he added. When asked how the technology works, Jain replied: “It is a human-centric AI effort”.

Further Jain added – “We then combine these indicators and conclude whether the news is credible or not. Also, our human fact-checking team complies with the international fact-checking standards.”

Jain told that the fake news and political debate about Brexit and 2016 US Presidential elections compelled him to launch the platform.

According to Jain, during the approaching Indian General Elections, Logically will try its best to monitor the information flow with its deep learning algorithms and web graph of several websites from top publishers across the globe. The tracing of these websites leads to the identification of top quality sources of trending and quality news per category along with queries and articles.

Additionally, Jain asserted – “Logically will look for information that is misleading, distorting or interfering with the elections”

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Three ways the US mid-term elections will affect world politics

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  • The globe is watching the U.S. midterm elections closely.
  • Countries are seeking clues about the future influence of U.S. democracy around the world, the durability of the Trump administration and the impact the midterms could have on the growing global populist movement.

Rarely, any country across the globe, which has no interest over America’s mid-term election. There are three main reasons behind their anxiety: how will they get affected on the competitive attractiveness of US democracy around the world, what indications they will give about the toughness of the Trump administration and what type of impact they will have on populist and nationalist momentum internationally.

The first issue concerning the US democracy is that allies are worried that the American model is losing grip, advancing the Chinese leaders to encourage their state capitalist model as a feasible option for developing and developed countries the same.

“If you’re worried about the United States, we have a lot of tools to run a successful foreign policy that is in our interests and can provide prosperity and security for our people. But our brand is not doing well internationally. There’s a reason why people are taking seriously China’s claim to have a new model. It’s because ours doesn’t look very good,” Stephen Hadley, former national security advisor to President George W. Bush, said to CNN.

When there was Cold War, Soviet officials could not make a trustworthy argument that their Communist system could bring social and economic progress. However, the more that the US politics is delayed in divergence and it becomes inefficient in dealing with core problems, then more striking strict models will appear.

Hadley clarified, “Our economy still is not producing sustained inclusive growth. Our politics are fractious. There is a long list of social problems, budgets, entitlement payments, immigration reform that we’ve known for years we have got to address and we haven’t done so. We’ve got to solve some of these questions that have been lingering.”

Then, both friends and opponents will be estimating what the midterm outcome says about the possibility of President Trump both finishing his first term and perhaps winning election for a further four years. That will make the decisions fast to employ the administration or “wait-it-out” on contentious issues including the rising US showdown with Iran ahead of next week’s new round of sanctions, current negotiations with North Korea, the future of Russian endorses and a host of trade conflicts and cooperation from China to Europe.

Lastly, the mid-terms could have persuaded on electoral politics globally. In that point of view, the vote isn’t just a referendum on President Trump’s first two years in office rather on the populist brand of politics he stands for. When there is a swing for populist before the election, it has pulled out the momentum since, because he has support from like-minded politicians around the world.

Not only Trump but also the whole US political and social environment has control over the globe. The Trump administration’s “American First” oratory and actions have empowered concurring leaders. These leaders have rallied regularly around anti-immigration politics in America whereas in Latin American it has been around anti-corruption campaigns. But on both continents, populist candidates have spoken of the Trump encouragement.

Voters have been fed uncertainties before by candidates who have gained from the inability over years of more conservative, established politicians to manage the growing concerns of their societies about the crash, among other problems, of fast globalization and technological advancement.

The anti-immigrant commitment among voters that Trump has played up before the mid-terms was what, in part, provided Brexit campaigners their drive ahead of Trump’s election. Since his presidency, such concerns have helped guide in the rise of Italy’s populist government. On the backside, anti-immigrant sentiments reinforced opposition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, eventually prompting her decision this week to quit from the leader of her Christian Democratic party.

A few days back, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told ORF radio that he would not sign a 34-page UN global migration compact whose main purposes to better organize the flow of refugees and characterize their rights. In July, excluding the United States, all 193 UN member nations, gave their support for the agreement. As the US turned down to support, Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban also refused the compact.

Lately, however, in Latin American, the populist flow has appeared strongest. The Trump victory is quite clear after the rejection of Andrés Manuel López in the election as its president because of the Mexican political class and its inability to solve Mexican problems.

The impact was also clear in Brazil last week where the country elected the former army captain Jair Bolsonaro. He presented himself as an economically liberal and socially conservative law-and-order candidate to counter the extreme voter frustration with violence, corruption and unemployment. This fetched him the votes of Brazilians, including evangelicals, business people and extreme right-wingers.

“You can be sure Trump will have a great ally in the southern hemisphere,” Bolsonaro, Brazil first had told a rally of US-based supporters before the vote. “Trump is an example to me…and in many ways to Brazil.

Bolsonaro’s talk has marked a sharp smash with Brazil’s conventional, multi-polar foreign policy. As an example, the new president attacked China’s influence in Brazil, assaulted the leftist Venezuelan regime, said he would shift Brazil’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and declared to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change (though he’s since changed course there).

Undoubtedly, most Americans this Tuesday will be watching whether President Trump’s Republican party can have a grasp on the Senate and the House of Representatives – and how it will influence the rest of his term and potential re-election.

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Healthcare – The Biggest Issue for Voters in the US Mid-Term Election

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“Health is wealth” well we’ve all heard the proverb since we started learning English but “Healthcare are Votes” is the issue faced by people for the mid-year elections in the US? Yes, it is!

Besides personal healthcare, it has now become a top political subject amongst the voters. It dominates the attitude towards President Trump and will be a factor determining the voters, a recent survey says. The senate voted on whether or not to start a debate on Obamacare appeal, but not every republican senator was convinced. They faced an uncertain outcome, republican John McCain returned after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast the vote. Later a vote to simply repeal Obamacare without replacement also failed. It is the third vote republicans tried to scale back some parts of Obamacare. And unfortunately, McCain a senate of republican was the deciding vote and the vote cast was ‘no’. And thus, giving a thumbs down to the debate poll.

Barack Obama the former President of the US was the democratic who founded an Act in 2010 called the Obama healthcare Act. It was for patient protection and affordable healthcare. It is for people and small groups who pay for their own insurance.

Later down the year, Donald Trump became the President who belonged to the republican and democratic, and republican always had a crack in heart, didn’t it? And ACA (Affordable Care Act) was a solution to America’s ever-increasing healthcare spending – which is still the highest in the world. Therefore, this issue plays a major role in the election.

Maisie Hirono delivered an impassioned plea against the latest attempt to repeat the Obamacare act, who is fighting kidney cancer.  She got so many letters filled with love and compassion and where all of it is gone? She added she was lucky to have an insurance and that the 16 million people would have it too.

At a clinic in West Virginia, the patient and staff members explain why they think the system is broken. Most patients in the clinic are America’s working poor, who find themselves with nowhere to go and no money to spend when they fall ill. But with Obama’s signature policy, expanded insurance coverage to those unable to access program for the poor and elderly. The spending on healthcare in 2017 reads that in the US more than $10,000 was spent per capita resulting to be the highest amongst Germany (around $6000), France ($5000) and Mexico to be the least with $1000. The numbers had a slide down in 2014 but now ascending with 37 percent. The Republican efforts to destabilize the ACA ultimately made healthcare costlier. According to a study, half of republicans and three-quarters of democrats say the affordability of healthcare is a very big problem. Washington controlled by republicans for two years now have been the dismantling process of ACA.

Ronda Francis WVHR’s Clinical and Pharmacy Coordinator, manages 400 physician volunteers at the free clinic as well as all pharmacy orders, says, it’s disappointing to see customers go away looking at the prices. What’s the use if people can’t afford it, she added. Margaret Grassie, 57 who now works as a driver taking the patient to medical appointments, says, Trump doesn’t give crap about me, Hillary Clinton doesn’t give crap about me. We get written off.

Regardless of the part, the healthcare system is going to remain the number one issue according to polls.

Its gonna take a miracle, she added, but I think the ACA is a good place to start fixing it.

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