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GOP lawmaker’s Obamacare alternative: Make kids sleep on broken arms to avoid costly ER visits

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A Michigan Republican who wants to repeal Obamacare urged families to save on medical care by waiting overnight for treatment instead of visiting the emergency room.

Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland) promised fundamental changes to the Affordable Care Act, saying the federal law places too much financial burden on health care providers, reported MLive.

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The GOP lawmaker, who campaigned in his home state for Donald Trump, said patients must shoulder more of the burden for cutting medical costs.

“At some point or another we have to be responsible or have a part of the responsibility of what is going on,” Huizenga said. “Way too often, people pull out their insurance card.”

He suggested increasing the cost of insurance deductibles or offering incentives for using health savings accounts to save pre-tax money to pay for medical care.

“I don’t know the difference or cost between an X-Ray or an MRI or CT Scan,” Huizenga said. “I might make a little different decision if I did know (what) some of those costs were and those costs came back to me.”

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Huizenga, a father of five, recounted an experience from his own family life as an example of what actions patients could take to help health care providers and insurance companies save money.

His youngest son, who was 10 years old at the time, fell and hurt his arm — but Huizenga and his wife weren’t sure if he’d broken or sprained it.

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They decided to wait until the next day to take their son to visit their physician, rather than taking the boy to a hospital emergency room, and learned he’d broken his arm.

Huizenga said he’s glad they waited.

“We took every precaution but decided to go in the next morning (because of) the cost difference,” Huizenga said. “If he had been more seriously injured, we would have taken him in.”

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He said the cost of medical care should be driven more by cost to encourage patients to delay or even avoid treatment that might not be necessary.

“If you don’t have a cost difference, you’ll make different decisions,” Huizenga said.

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Florida teacher removed after bizarre rant about students not standing for the pledge

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Students were faced with a white-board rant in a classroom attacking anyone not standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The moment went viral locally on Thursday after students posted Daniel Goodman‘s “inappropriate” message to students at First Coast High School in Duval County, Florida, The Atlanta Black Star reported.

“THINK: We had about a half million Americans die in our Civil War, which was largely to get rid of slavery. There are no longer separate water fountains and bathrooms in Jacksonville for ‘white’ and ‘colored,’ as Mr. Goodman remembers from the 1960?s. We had an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing women the right to vote. We have had a Black president. The superintendent of Duval Schools is a Black woman. Mr. Fluent, our principal, replaced a Black man. Mr. Simmons, who now is a DC PS admninistrator.”

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Missouri official choose Dr. Seuss’ ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ for swearing-in ceremony instead of ‘The Bible’

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A Missouri county official is being both celebrated and attacked after a decision to forgo The Bible for her swearing-in ceremony and opted for a copy of Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss.

The Friendly Atheist at Patheos captured the story, posting a photo of St. Louis City Councilmember Kelli Dunaway's children holding a copy of the book while she took her oath of office.

This was the scene last week at the STLCO government center. Democrats took back control of the council and @DunawayKelli was sworn in on a copy of “Oh the Places you’ll go” with her children❤️ so proud to be part of #TeamKelli pic.twitter.com/iJ1dxfZ1Zg

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Trump predicts New York Times will go out of business when he’s out of office

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In a permission tweet, President Donald Trump announced that his presidency is the only thing keeping the New York Times in business. Yet, somehow, they're also attacking him and lying about him.

"The New York Times will be out of business soon after I leave office, hopefully in 6 years. They have Zero credibility and are losing a fortune, even now, especially after their massive unfunded liability. I'm fairly certain they'll endorse me just to keep it all going!" he tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1163238629730373632

Since taking office, subscriptions for The Times have increased dramatically. According to an August report, The Times boasted a 4.7 million increase in subscribers for the second quarter. Their revenue growth was 5.2 percent. It certainly is a modest increase, but it's also an increase in an era when newspapers are struggling to survive.

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