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3 days ago · by · 0 comments

Cosby Case Ends In Mistrial

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial has ended in a mistrial after jurors remained deadlocked on all counts after 52 hours of deliberation.  Cosby faced three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Andrea Constand has accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his home in 2004.  Constand is the former director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University where Cosby was a trustee.

Constand is one of about 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexual assaults dating back decades.  It’s the only criminal case stemming from dozens of accusations of sexual misconduct — all of which the comedian/actor denies.  She says she was “paralyzed” by pills he gave her while he claimed it was just Benadryl and that the encounter was consensual.

Cosby did not take the stand, but his lawyers have maintained the physical contact was mutual and raised questions as to why Constand kept in phone contact with Cosby after the alleged incident.  They also questioned why she did not report it for a year. Prosecutors declined to charge Cosby in 2004 but reopened the case after the scandal erupted two and

a half years ago.

The jurors were chosen in the Pittsburgh area and bussed in to Philadelphia for the trial.  After six days of testimony, the jury of seven men and five women began deliberations.  They were soon deadlocked but continued to deliberate, reviewing reams of testimony.  After 52 hours of deliberations, Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill accepted a defense motion for a mistrial.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele immediately announced that he plans to retry the case and ordered that Cosby can remain free on $1 million bail he posted when he was first charged.  Steele later told reporters that there “was no pause or hesitation” in deciding to retry the case and that “we had a significant amount of evidence … now we have to prove (the case) beyond a reasonable doubt.”  Prosecutors will retry him on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, a charge that carries 10 years in prison.

Outside the courthouse, lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents some of the women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, said that “round two may be just around the corner, and this time, justice may prevail.”  She commended her client Kelly Johnson, the only other accuser allowed to testify at the trial, and thanked all the accusers who have spoken out.  Several of Cosby’s accusers have been attending the trial.

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3 Dead In UPS Shooting

The gunman who killed three men at a UPS facility in San Francisco and then killed himself has been identified as 38-year-old Jimmy Lam.  The victims were Wayne Chan, 56, and Benson Louie, 50, both of San Francisco; and 46-year-old Michael Lefiti of Hercules, California.  Two others were shot but survived the Wednesday morning shooting at the UPS San Francisco Customer Center.

Officers responded to a report of an active shooter about 8:55 a.m. local time at the UPS package sorting and delivery facility.  When officers entered the building, they found the suspect armed with an assault pistol.  The suspect immediately killed himself and no officers fired their weapons during the incident.

Lam, had worked as a driver for the Potrero Hill facility which employs 350 people.  He was wearing his uniform during the shooting spree and opened fire on coworkers during a morning meeting for UPS drivers.  Joseph Cilia, with a local Teamsters union that represents UPS workers in San Francisco has stated that Lam filed an internal grievance in March saying he was working excessive overtime.  Cilia told the Associated Press that Lam did not seem angry when he filed the grievance.

A police official said it appears that Lam felt disrespected by co-workers, but it’s not clear if that was the motivation for the bloodshed.  Lam appears to have targeted the three drivers he fatally shot.  Shaun Vu, a senior UPS driver, has said Lam also struggled with personal issues and was depressed a few years ago. Vu said that Lam had shown improvement but seemed troubled a few weeks ago-which was around the time he filed the grievance.

Another UPS driver Leopold Parker, who witnessed the shooting, said that he was standing a few feet behind Benson Louie during the morning meeting when Lam walked up and shot Louie in the head.  Lam then glanced at Parker but walked the other way so Parker jumped into the cab of his truck and later ran to the roof of the building.

Parker said drivers at the warehouse generally got along and didn’t mind working there. If they did have a problem with colleagues, they would talk to them or ignore them. He also stressed that drivers spent much of their time alone in their trucks, so they had limited interaction with their colleagues.  He recalls that Lam sometimes complained about the workload but he never suspected that he would turn violent.

Other witnesses said that Mike “Big Mike” Lefiti was fleeing from the building as Lam followed him into the street and shot him.  Mike McDonald, an area resident was walking home from work when he found Lefiti face down, bleeding profusely from the back.  McDonald stayed with him and tried to comfort him until help arrived.  McDonald said that in his final moments, Lefiti spoke lovingly about his three children.  “He said he loves his family, he loves his children and that he didn’t do anything to this man.”

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, June 18th, 2017.

      

 

In an effort to broaden the company’s “social interaction” with our clients and FaceBook fans, Daily Trivia Questions are posted on both of our business pages. Here are the weekly standings for this past week, and the winner of the Sunday night Weekly Drawing for an AmEx gift card!

                                

Congratulations  – To this past week’s Trivia Contest Winner!!   Our latest contest winner for the weekly FaceBook  HealthInsurance4Everyone/Health & Life Solutions, LLC Trivia Contest, drawn randomly by computer late Sunday evening, June 18th, 2017 was:

 

CHRISTY  HAWKES

Tremonton, UT

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEx Gift Card

 

Each day, fans of either of our company FaceBook pages (HealthInsurance4Everyone  or Health & Life Solutions LLC) are able to test their skills with our Daily TRIVIA QUESTION.  The first 20 winners who post the correct answer to the TRIVIA QUESTION, will then get entered into the weekly drawing held late on Sunday evenings for a $25.00 Am Ex Gift. Card


Weekly Gift Card winners will be posted in our blog at this site.  Remember to become a FaceBook “fan” on either of our company pages to enter and post your answers. 

 

Here are the daily contestants from last week’s Trivia Contest that were entered into the Sunday drawing:

 

 

 

6/12/17

 

Brittany Marie Thompson

Hollie Jahnke

Becky VanGinkel

Lotorya Patrick

Melissa Barnes Walker

Anggie Marie

LaKishia Wagers

Taschia Miller

Sarah Harrison

Brandi Kerr

Janice Cash

Kayla Clemons

Anna Nichols

Isis Sample

Tera Wardrip

Brittany Witley

Karen Bondehagen

Chris Maxwell

Brittany Michelle

Tina Marie

Jamie Suttle

 

 

 

6/13/17

 

Kelly Jo Francisco

Eleazar Ruiz

Heather Marocco

Carla S-Paige Williams

Priscilla Shimp

D Shanel Collins

Kathleen Hickman

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Lisa David Carr

Rebecca Fauteux

Cheryl Hall

Sheila Carvell

Penny Fisher

Joanie Waterman

Kathi Taylor

Heather Jacques

Michelle Hughes

Tabitha Sinks

Jade Good

Andrea Timms

 

6/14/17

 

Missyn Haselby

Kelly Jo Francisco

Tera Wardrip

Alicia Smith

Jenifer Garza

Crystal Young

Samantha Brwn

Christina Montes

Amber McGrath

Morgan Alexandra

Melissa D’Ornellas Curtis

Kizzy Alvarez DeSantis

Brittany Michelle

Kendra George

Wendi Black

Kristen Raia Bowman

Stephanie Beckwith

Kathi Taylor

Allyson Becker

Myranda Medlin

Carole Jacobs

Valerie Kuehn

Vickie Gipson

 

6/15/17

 

Brittany Whitley

Misty Shallcross

Hollie Jahnke

Lotorya Patrick

Christy Hawkes

Sheila Carvell

Krissy Brislin

Jennifer Leffler

Cheryl Hall

Sammi Palacios

Leslie Wagner Hobson

Wendi Black

Angela N Dustin Turner

Trish Musgrave

Sandra Sue Blanton

Kim Avery

Dena Baji

Christina Radcliff

Michelle Abbott

Barbie Sundy

Michelle Hughes

Karyn Koehler

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Belinda Haas

Michelle Cervantes

 

6/16/17

 

Christy Hawkes

Jodi Stevens

Deborah Farris

Sammi Palacios

Juanita Williams-Jones

Lotorya Patrick

Sandy Nevels

Valerie Kuehn

D Shanel Collins

Kim Floyd

Sarah Bellestri Shih

Nelle Bailey

Brooke Scott

Paula Rousseau

Tina Mimick

Bea Patrick

Jade Good

Eleazar Ruiz

Nitasha Shank

Megan Rhyne

Marcia Hutcherson

 

6/17/17

 

Valerie Kuehn

Sheila Carvell

Kristina Rosson

Brian K Henson

Sammi Palacios

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Michelle R. Carlino

Chris Maxwell

Sarah Harrison

D Shanel Collins

Cassandra Berholtz

Amber Chandler

Samantha Maxwell

Susanne Killion

Kristina Harris

Tiffany Banks

Brandi K Chaney

Kimberly Snyder

Vickie Gipson

Christina Domingue

 

6/18/17

 

Melissa Turner Baker

Joanie Waterman

Ashley Agner

Judy Custer

Shelly Ann Peoples

Jade Good

Jacqlyn Gummert

Kelly Jo Francisco

Michelle R. Carlino

Deborah Farris

Althea Thomas

Lisa Puckett

Diane Hamric

Kizzy Alvarez DeSantis

Sara Biason

Tracy Shafer

Jennifer Ramlet

Kayte CookWatts

Jodi Stevens

Ashley Stamey Phillips

  

                     


Be sure to watch both of our FaceBook pages for your chance to win and enter again next week, with questions posted daily on HealthInsurance4Everyone or at Health & Life Solutions, LLC!!

Remember that if you try your hand at answering the Trivia Question several days each week, your odds of winning the Sunday weekly drawing are much better.  You may also find that if you “Like” both of the business pages, you will receive faster notifications of the other players as they post their answers to compete with you!  

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1 week ago · by · 0 comments

Drug Overdose Death Surged In 2016, Expected To Rise In 2017

According to state and county data, drug overdose deaths surged in 2016, killing nearly 60,000 Americans last year.  It is an alarming 19% increase over the 52,404 recorded in 2015 and the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States.  All evidence suggests the problem has continued to worsen in 2017.  The epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse means that for Americans under the age of 50, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death.

The New York Times compiled estimates for 2016 from hundreds of state health departments and county coroners and medical examiners.  The initial data points to large increases in drug overdose deaths in states along the East Coast, particularly Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Maine. The Times analysis suggests that the exponential growth in overdose deaths in 2016 didn’t extend to all parts of the country. In some states in the western half of the United States, overdose deaths may have leveled off or even declined.

The Times data showed that heroin and fentanyl-related deaths are still increasing across the United States – particularly in the Northeast and Midwest.  The death rate from synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, surged 72% in 2015, and heroin death rates increased nearly 21 percent.

In Ohio, overdose deaths increased more than 25% in 2016, largely driven by Cook County, where 1,091 of the state’s 3,310 overdose deaths were reported.  Last week, the state of Ohio filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry, accusing drug manufacturers of aggressively advertising opioids and lying to both doctors and patients about the dangers of addiction.

The Drug Enforcement Agency wrote in a 2016 report detailing what the organization calls a global threat “The United States is in the midst of a fentanyl crisis, with law enforcement reporting and public health data indicating higher availability of fentanyls, increased seizures of fentanyls, and more known overdose deaths from fentanyls than at any other time since the drugs were first created in 1959.”

California had the largest total number of overdose deaths at 4,659 in 2015, followed by OH with 3,310, which like West Virginia has been hard hit by the epidemic.  The Drug Abuse Warning Network estimated that misuse or abuse of narcotic pain relievers were responsible for more than 420,000 emergency department visits in 2011, the most recent year for which we have data.

Experts warn a key factor of the surge in deaths is fentanyl, which can be 50 times more powerful than heroin.  Fentanyl has been popping up in drug seizures across the country.  It is usually sold on the street as heroin or drug traffickers use it to make cheap counterfeit prescription opioids. Fentanyls are showing up in cocaine as well, contributing to an increase in cocaine-related overdoses.

Research suggests that since heroin and opioid painkillers, (including prescription ones) act similarly in the brain.  Opioid painkillers are often referred to by some doctors as “heroin lite” and taking one (even “as directed”) can increase one’s susceptibility to becoming hooked on the other.

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2 weeks ago · by · 0 comments

Portland Train Stabbing

Two men died and a third is recovering after being stabbed on an Oregon train while defending two teenage girls from harassment.    Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, first-degree assault, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of intimidation.

According to witness accounts and the arrest affidavit, Christian boarded a MAX light rail train on Friday, May 26, at 4:19 p.m. at the Rose Quarter stop.  He then went on an anti-Islam tirade directed at two African-American teenagers on board — one who was wearing a traditional Muslim hijab. Christian shouted for the teens to get out of his country and to go home.

After making several threatening comments about “decapitating heads,” several men stepped in to diffuse the situation.  Frightened, the two teens moved to the back of the train while other passengers told him he couldn’t treat people that way.

Videos from the train camera and a passenger’s phone showed Christian “making a sudden move” toward one of the victims, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Portland. Namkai-Meche responded by standing up as Christian shouted into his face “Do something!”  Another passenger, 21-year-old Portland State University student, Micah Fletcher stood up as well and Christian shouted “Do something!” as he shoved Fletcher in the chest.

This is when Christian appears to pull a folded knife from his pocket that he concealed in his hand, the affidavit said.  Fletcher shoved Christian so hard the suspect lost his balance. Fletcher told Christian to get off the train and Christian shouted “hit me again”.

Video shows Christian swinging his arm and stabbing Fletcher in the neck.  He then  stabbed Namkai-Meche twice in the neck.  Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley moved forward to intervene and was stabbed in the neck.  Namkai-Meche had sat down to try to stop the bleeding from his wound when  Christian pushed Best into him and stabbed both men again.

When the train came to a stop Fletcher who was clutching his neck, exited the train as passengers on the platform tried to help him.  He was treated for his injuries and released by the hospital. Fletcher said in an interview that his injuries missed being fatal by one millimeter.

Ricky Best fell to the floor and two men rushed over to start CPR but the veteran and father of four, died at the scene.  Namkai-Meche lay on the floor as passengers-including one of the teens he defended-reassured him and tried to stop the bleeding.  He later died at the hospital.

The train video showed Christian grabbing his belongings and a bag dropped by the Muslim teenager and leaving the train while waving his knife as he got off the train.  He threatened several people on the platform with his knife and tossed the teen’s bag onto the freeway as he exited.  Several witnesses followed Christian and directed responding police officers to his whereabouts.

After his arrest, Christian admitted to drinking Sangria before and while on the train.  He has what appears to be an extremist ideology with an affinity for Nazis and political violence, according to his social media postings.

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, June 11th, 2017.

     

 

In an effort to broaden the company’s “social interaction” with our clients and FaceBook fans, Daily Trivia Questions are posted on both of our business pages. Here are the weekly standings for this past week, and the winner of the Sunday night Weekly Drawing for an AmEx gift card!

                                

Congratulations  – To this past week’s Trivia Contest Winner!!   Our latest contest winner for the weekly FaceBook HealthInsurance4Everyone/Health & Life Solutions, LLC Trivia Contest, drawn randomly by computer late Sunday evening, June 11th, 2017 was:  

 

MELISSA  BARNES  WALKER

Boaz, AL

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEx Gift Card

 

Each day, fans of either of our company FaceBook pages (HealthInsurance4Everyone  or Health & Life Solutions LLC) are able to test their skills with our Daily TRIVIA QUESTION.  The first 20 winners who post the correct answer to the TRIVIA QUESTION, will then get entered into the weekly drawing held late on Sunday evenings for a $25.00 Am Ex Gift. Card


Weekly Gift Card winners will be posted in our blog at this site.  Remember to become a FaceBook “fan” on either of our company pages to enter and post your answers. 

 

Here are the daily contestants from last week’s Trivia Contest that were entered into the Sunday drawing:

 

 

 

6/5/17

 

Deborah Farris

Tonya Velazquez

Michelle Hughes

Bethany Henry

Glenna Zanaglio

Jennifer Leffler

Carol Scheive

Lisa Puckett

Michelle R. Carlino

Joann Tompkins-Winborn

Christy Hawkes

Jennifer Vega

Wendi Black

Carole Jacobs

Jennifer Mapes

Sarah Bellestri Shih

Anggie Marie

June Rivera

Mary Mcmenamy

John McKnight

Dawna McKnight

 

6/6/17

 

Deborah Farris

Juanita Williams-Jones

Melissa Barnes Walker

Paula Rousseau

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Jenny Merritt

Karen Bondehagen

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Laurie Griffith

Amanda Peters

Lori Marie Timms

June Rivera

Nai Merri

Zack Sudler

Krissy Brislin

Mya Murphy

Melissa White

JoBeth Butcher

Poonam Gosain

Tina Mimick

Rebecca Fauteux

Kristen Raia Bowman

D Shanel Collins

 

 

6/7/17

 

Kelly Jo Francisco

Rebecca Fauteux

Eleazar Ruiz

Nai Merri

Susanne Killion

Andrea Timms

Summer July

Cheryl Hall

Jacqlyn Gummert

Kristina Rosson

Melina Pereyra

April Ashcraft

Priscilla Shimp

Tonya Velazquez

Kizzy Alvarez DeSantis

Beata Tybor

Mary Mcmenamy

Leslie Wagner Hobson

Angela N Dustin Turner

Elisa Adams

Phyllis Hines

 

6/8/17

 

Valerie Kuehn

Tonya Velazquez

Holly Cajigas

Trish Hysell

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Anggie Marie

Jennifer Leffler

Melissa Barnes Walker

Preeti Chand

Jane Peterson

Deborah Farris

Isis Sample

Kelly Jo Francisco

Daniela Hernandez

Vickie Gipson

Nelle Bailey

Jennifer Mason

Tina Marie

Taschia Miller

Jennifer Mapes

Wayne Gallas

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Jodi Stevens

 

 

6/9/17

 

Tonya Velazquez

Sandra Sue Blanton

Jennifer Ramlet

Carol Scheive

Phyllis Hines

Melissa White

Amanda Peters

David M Still

Mary Achio

Sarra Baptist

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Misty Shallcross

Tracy Shafer

Brittany Marie Thompson

Rhonda Nicholson

Diane Hamric

Elizabeth E. Suquilanda

Brandy Williams

Janice Cash

Crystal Young

Kayla Clemons

Tina Marie

Michelle Hughes

Deborah Farris

Rebecca Fauteux

 

6/10/17

 

Sheila Carvell

Mary Ann Cody

Cheryl Hall

Ashley Agner

Anggie Marie

Tammy Alcorta

Melinda Dreier

Jodi Stevens

Jackie Hicks

Poonam Gosain

Ashley Stamey Phillips

Amanda Saltsman

Christina Domingue

Leslie Wagner Hobson

Amanda Rosario

Holly Cajigas

Emily Rice Bowersock

D Shanel Collins

Trish Marks

Carol Yemola

Christine Beckman

 

6/11/17

 

Dawn Raasch

Priscilla Shimp

Preeti Chand

Christine McKinnon

Mike Adamski

Sarah Bellestri Shih

Jennifer Downing

Anna Nichols

Kimberly Snyder

Christina Montes

Heather Marie Stacy

Jodi Stevens

Tabitha Sinks

Shona Johnson

Pam Johnson Rowland

Alexandria Fields

Kaitlyn Rutherford

Eleazar Ruiz

Diane Hamric

Brian Fulop

  

             


Be sure to watch both of our FaceBook pages for your chance to win and enter again next week, with questions posted daily on HealthInsurance4Everyone or at Health & Life Solutions, LLC!!

Remember that if you try your hand at answering the Trivia Question several days each week, your odds of winning the Sunday weekly drawing are much better.  You may also find that if you “Like” both of the business pages, you will receive faster notifications of the other players as they post their answers to compete with you!  

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US Backs Out Of Paris Climate Agreement

To the surprise of other world leaders, President Trump announced that the US will pull out of the Paris global climate pact.  Abandoning the pact would isolate the US from international allies that spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions in nearly 200 nations.

The decision means the US will join only Nicaragua and Syria as UN-member countries that aren’t aboard.  The US emits more carbon into the atmosphere than any country except China.  Abandoning the pact was one of Trump’s principal campaign pledges and the decision reverses one of the Obama administration’s signature achievements.  Still, America’s allies have expressed alarm about the likely consequences.

“The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord but begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction in terms that are fair to the United States and its workers. So we’re getting out. We’ll see if we can make a deal. If we can’t, that’s fine,” Trump said to cheers during a ceremony in the Rose Garden.

A White House spokesperson said “The accord was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation. The US is already leading the world in energy production and doesn’t need a bad deal that will harm American workers.”

The Paris climate agreement sets a goal for its signatories to keep warming below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius), compared with preindustrial times, by 2100, with a goal of keeping global warming to a mere 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit.  Each country sets its own voluntary goals for emissions cuts, pledging to become stricter as time goes by and there are no binding rules about how the countries should meet those goals.

When the agreement was signed, the US agreed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to between 26-28% of 2005 levels by 2025. The agreement does not officially go into effect until 2020, but meeting those goals would require all countries to take steps preemptive steps before 2020- like setting standards for vehicle emissions, appliances and power plants.

Critics of the decision to abandon the Paris agreement believe the likelihood of international cooperation on carbon-cutting goals past 2025 is on far shakier ground, and that the US will be forfeiting a seat at the table to shape the climate future.

They also feel it does enormous damage to our international credibility as withdrawal from international negotiations is becoming a pattern.  The United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal under Trump’s first executive order.  Trump is also hostile to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), in which members pledge military cooperation with one another.  Many feel it will be harder to negotiate other international issues without trust from other nations.

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Montana Tech Millionaire Wins Special Election One Day After Assaulting Reporter

In Montana, tech millionaire Greg Gianforte won a special election for the state’s sole congressional seat just one day after he was charged with assaulting a reporter.   Gianforte body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs to the floor and repeatedly punched him, after Jacobs tried to ask about the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the House health care bill.

More than $6 million was spent by outside groups in Montana’s special election with 90% of the money favoring Gianforte.  He won just over 50 percent of the vote, defeating Democratic challenger Rob Quist, who received 44 percent.  Gianforte addressed the incident during his victory speech “Last night, I made a mistake, and I took an action that I can’t take back. And I’m not proud of what happened. I should not have responded in the way that I did. And for that, I’m sorry.”

Immediately after the violent altercation, the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, quickly relayed the incident on social media.  “Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacobs tweeted.  Jacobs  went to a local hospital for an X-ray on his elbow and Gianforte left the event.

Jacobs’ account of the incident was corroborated by Fox News Alicia Acuna, who was in the room to interview Gianforte at the time of the violent attack. Acuna stated that after Jacobs asked Gianforte a question, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck and slammed him to the ground before punching him repeatedly.  “To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff’s deputies,” Acuna wrote in her account of the attack.

The sheriff’s office released a statement saying it was investigating allegations of assault involving Greg Gianforte but held press conference hours later as news of the assault spread.   Gianforte spokesperson Shane Scanlon released a statement that conflicted with witness accounts “Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office,” Scanlon said in the statement, “the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions.  Jacobs was asked to leave. After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ.”

In audio released of the incident, Jacobs asks Gianforte a question about the latest CBO scoring of the Affordable Health Care Act.  “I’m sick and tired of you guys,” Gianforte said.  A struggle can be heard on the recording as Gianforte continues “ The last guy who came here did the same thing. Get the hell out of here. Get the hell out of here. The last guy did the same thing. Are you with the Guardian?”  “Yes! You just broke my glasses, you just body slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacobs can be heard saying as Gianforte repeatedly yells at him to “Get the hell out of here.”

Earlier on the day of the assault, Jacobs had published a story in the Guardian about financial ties between Gianforte and Russian companies under U.S. sanctions.  There is no word on whether his report in the Guardian was a motive in the assault.

 

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, June 4th, 2017.

     

 

In an effort to broaden the company’s “social interaction” with our clients and FaceBook fans, Daily Trivia Questions are posted on both of our business pages. Here are the weekly standings for this past week, and the winner of the Sunday night Weekly Drawing for an AmEx gift card!

                                

Congratulations  – To this past week’s Trivia Contest Winner!!   Our latest contest winner for the weekly FaceBook HealthInsurance4Everyone/Health & Life Solutions, LLC Trivia Contest, drawn randomly by computer late Sunday evening, June 4th, 2017 was:

 

CHRISTINA  MONTES

San Antonio, TX

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEx Gift Card

 

Each day, fans of either of our company FaceBook pages (HealthInsurance4Everyone  or Health & Life Solutions LLC) are able to test their skills with our Daily TRIVIA QUESTION.  The first 20 winners who post the correct answer to the TRIVIA QUESTION, will then get entered into the weekly drawing held late on Sunday evenings for a $25.00 Am Ex Gift. Card


Weekly Gift Card winners will be posted in our blog at this site.  Remember to become a FaceBook “fan” on either of our company pages to enter and post your answers. 

 

Here are the daily contestants from last week’s Trivia Contest that were entered into the Sunday drawing:

 

 

5/29/17

 

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Obamacare Insurer Participation Declines 24% in 2017.

 

     

The number of health insurers participating in the ‘Affordable’ Care Act exchanges has declined by 24 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

In 2016, there were 287 insurers who offered insurance on the Obamacare exchanges and in 2017 that number dropped to 218. There were 34 states that saw the number of insurers decline, 15 states have the same amount of insurers from 2016 to 2017 and only one state added an insurer in 2017.

Five states, ALABAMA, ALASKA, OKLAHOMA, SOUTH CAROLINA, and WYOMING, have only one insurer operating on the exchanges, leaving consumers with little choice.    

In one-third of counties in the United States, about one in five enrollees, or 21 percent, have access to only one insurer operating on the exchanges. This is a significant increase from the 2 percent of enrollees in 7 percent of counties that had access to only one insurer last year.

“In 2017, insurance company losses led to a number of high profile exits from the market,” the study explains. “In 2017, 58% of enrollees (living in about 30% of counties) had a choice of three or more insurers, compared to 85% of enrollees (living in about 63% of counties) in 2016.”

As larger commercial insurers such as Aetna and United Healthcare have dropped out of Obamacare, many areas will only have regional insurers to choose from, said Ed Haislmaier, an expert in health care policy at the Heritage Foundation.

                           

“The reality is that the individual market even pre-Obamacare was a very small part of their business,” said Haislmaier. “So those companies have basically dropped out and what that leaves are a couple of companies with broader footprints but not more than about 10 or 12 states.”

“What you’re down to is basically in most cases your dominant Blue Cross plan and then depending on the size and location you may have regional players and by regional it could mean either across two or more states or just within a state,” he said.       

Haislmaier and the Heritage Foundation, who originally created the methodology for this type of study earlier this year, said that the ‘Affordable’ Care Act has left consumers with less competition and choice than ever before.

“One of the stated aims of the ‘Affordable’ Care Act was to increase competition among health insurance companies,” said Haislmaier.

“That goal has not been realized, and by several different measures the ACA’s exchanges offer less competition and choice in 2017 than ever before. Now in the fourth year of operation, the exchanges continue to be far less competitive than the individual health insurance market was before the ACA’s implementation.”

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, said that Congress needs to repeal and reform Obamacare without delay. 

“The Obamacare death spiral is continuing,” she said. “As rates rise, healthy people drop out and the share of sick people rise, causing further increases in rates. Since these rates are capped then the insurance business becomes less profitable and companies leave the business.”   

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