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The Secret History of Knock-Knock Jokes

NPR News - 10 hours 29 min ago

The complicated story behind the simple repetitive wordplay jest.

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Ashley fined for Rangers influence

BBC - 10 hours 30 min ago
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is fined for breaching Scottish FA rules on dual ownership for his influence on Rangers.

French families fight shipwreck case

BBC - 10 hours 34 min ago
Eleven years after the deaths of five sailors in the mysterious sinking of a French trawler, their families have launched a final appeal in court.

Tracing the Obamacare subsidy

Marketplace - American Public Media - 10 hours 40 min ago

On Wednesday, the Affordable Care Act faces its next test in front of the Supreme Court. This time, the justices will consider who is eligible to receive subsidies to help cover the cost of health insurance.

That may sound technical, maybe even minor, but it’s high stakes — because the subsidies are at the heart of the law.

To help understand why this case matters, it helps to understand the role subsidies play in the Affordable Care Act. Think of the subsidy as a passenger on a cruise — with apologies to The Love Boat. The journey begins at what we’ll call Consumer’s Cove, which in this case is Thomas Choinacky's computer.

“I put in how much money I’m going to make in the coming year and it literally shoots out how much you would be paying in a given month,” Choinacky says.

Choinacky, a performance artist in Philadelphia, will earn about $30,000 this year. He liked a plan on healthcare.gov, running $300 in monthly premiums — but it only costs the 30-year old half that, thanks to a $150 subsidy.

As soon as Choinacky chooses his plan, our subsidy ships off towards its second port, Insurance Island. And remember in the 34 states that rely on healthcare.gov, 87 percent of consumers get some financial help.

“The bottom line is that the subsidy is Thomas’s ticket to the health insurance world,” says Dr. Peter Beilenson, CEO of health insurer Evergreen Health Cooperative.

On average, these subsidies make up about three-quarters of a person’s monthly premium. It’s a big reason why 7.5 million in the federal exchange states signed up for the ACA this year.

But, Larry Levitt with the Kaiser Family Foundation warns subsidies shouldn’t get too comfortable out on Insurance Island.

“Most of the dollars an insurance company takes in don’t stick around for very long,” he says.

Levitt explains insurers are packing up the subsidies fairly quickly for their final stretch, a visit to Provider Paradise – where they go to pay for doctors, hospitals and pharmacists.

“They are really important to health providers. We are talking about roughly $2 billion a year going through insurance companies to doctors and hospitals in these states,” he says.

So ultimately, if the Court decides to cancel this subsidy voyage - for everybody from Consumer Cover to Insurance Island to Provider Paradise today’s Love Boat will start to feel a lot more like the SS Minnow, that stranded ship from that other TV classic, Gilligan’s Island.

Tracing the Obamacare subsidy

Marketplace - American Public Media - 10 hours 40 min ago

On Wednesday, the Affordable Care Act faces its next test in front of the Supreme Court. This time, the justices will consider who is eligible to receive subsidies to help cover the cost of health insurance.

That may sound technical, maybe even minor, but it’s high stakes — because the subsidies are at the heart of the law.

To help understand why this case matters, it helps to understand the role subsidies play in the Affordable Care Act. Think of the subsidy as a passenger on a cruise — with apologies to The Love Boat. The journey begins at what we’ll call Consumer’s Cove, which in this case is Thomas Choinacky's computer.

“I put in how much money I’m going to make in the coming year and it literally shoots out how much you would be paying in a given month,” Choinacky says.

Choinacky, a performance artist in Philadelphia, will earn about $30,000 this year. He liked a plan on healthcare.gov, running $300 in monthly premiums — but it only costs the 30-year old half that, thanks to a $150 subsidy.

As soon as Choinacky chooses his plan, our subsidy ships off towards its second port, Insurance Island. And remember in the 34 states that rely on healthcare.gov, 87 percent of consumers get some financial help.

“The bottom line is that the subsidy is Thomas’s ticket to the health insurance world,” says Dr. Peter Beilenson, CEO of health insurer Evergreen Health Cooperative.

On average, these subsidies make up about three-quarters of a person’s monthly premium. It’s a big reason why 7.5 million in the federal exchange states signed up for the ACA this year.

But, Larry Levitt with the Kaiser Family Foundation warns subsidies shouldn’t get too comfortable out on Insurance Island.

“Most of the dollars an insurance company takes in don’t stick around for very long,” he says.

Levitt explains insurers are packing up the subsidies fairly quickly for their final stretch, a visit to Provider Paradise – where they go to pay for doctors, hospitals and pharmacists.

“They are really important to health providers. We are talking about roughly $2 billion a year going through insurance companies to doctors and hospitals in these states,” he says.

So ultimately, if the Court decides to cancel this subsidy voyage - for everybody from Consumer Cover to Insurance Island to Provider Paradise today’s Love Boat will start to feel a lot more like the SS Minnow, that stranded ship from that other TV classic, Gilligan’s Island.

Wildlife keeper wins eviction case

BBC - 10 hours 44 min ago
A wildlife keeper wins a High Court victory over being evicted from his dangerous animals sanctuary.

LOOK: Pictures of The Villarrica Volcano's Eruption In Chile

NPR News - 10 hours 45 min ago

The volcano spewed heavy smoke into the air and lava down its slopes, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people in southern Chile.

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After Weeks Of Controversy, Netanyahu Takes The Podium Before Congress

NPR News - 10 hours 49 min ago

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is speaking before Congress this morning, in a much anticipated and controversial address. David Greene discusses the speech with NPR's Michele Kelemen.

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VIDEO: Israel's Netanyahu addresses Congress

BBC - 10 hours 55 min ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses members of Congress at the US Capitol.

Barclays boss backs criminal charges for market manipulation

BBC - 11 hours 8 min ago
Antony Jenkins speaks out as Financial Conduct Authority finalises clampdown plans for traders.

Disgraced Rolf Harris stripped of CBE

BBC - 11 hours 16 min ago
Disgraced former entertainer Rolf Harris has been stripped of his CBE, according to an official announcement in the London Gazette.

Hillary Clinton's Use Of Personal Email At State Dept. Raises Questions

NPR News - 11 hours 18 min ago

The arrangement circumvented a process that could have automatically preserved Clinton's email communications in government archives.

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Hospital investigation cost £19.5m

BBC - 11 hours 34 min ago
The costs of sending special administrators into the troubled Mid Staffordshire NHS trust rose to almost £19.5m, a health watchdog reveals.

Ford launches e-bikes at mobile show

BBC - 11 hours 53 min ago
Ford has been showing off two e-bikes at Mobile World Congress as manufacturers start to look beyond the car.

Woman 'killed over assault claim'

BBC - 11 hours 56 min ago
A mother was stabbed to death in the New Forest to stop her making a sex assault allegation, a jury hears.

GOP Faults Shift Of Funds To HealthCare.Gov From NIH And CDC

NPR News - 12 hours 55 sec ago

House Republicans are asking why the Obama administration moved money to run the federal insurance marketplace in 37 states, after House Democrats didn't appropriate enough funding.

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Netanyahu To Outline Iran Threats In Much-Anticipated Speech To Congress

NPR News - 12 hours 10 min ago

The Israeli premier's remarks are a culmination of a controversy that began in January with he was invited — without input from the White House — to make the speech.

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McFarland recalls 'fearless' Mackay

BBC - 12 hours 37 min ago
A "fearless" man and great player

Clinton under scrutiny over emails

BBC - 12 hours 48 min ago
Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of her personal email to conduct government business is under scrutiny as a possible violation of federal requirements.

Indians with a beef about the beef ban

BBC - 12 hours 48 min ago
Thousands rally against the ban on beef in India

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