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Trump Rules: When Picking Apples on a Farm With 5,000 Rules, Watch Out for the Ladders

“So many of the farmers I’ve spoken with tell me that stricter and stricter regulations have put many of their neighbors and friends out of business, and in doing so cost them their homes, land and livelihoods,” said Baylen Linnekin, a libertarian-leaning expert in food law and policy, in an email. “For many farmers, rolling back regulations is the only way they can survive.”“The Number of Rules on Ladders Alone!”After a lifetime of navigating his family’s agricultural business, Mr. Ten Eyck has a firm appreciation for the rules and regulations that are good and helpful, as well as those that are excessive and ill-advised.He fluently speaks the language of government compliance, rattling off acronyms that consume his time and resources, including E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency), O.S.H.A. (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), U.S.D.A. (United States Department of Agriculture) and state and local offices, too, like A.C.D.O.H. (Albany County Department of Health).During the Obama administration, food and worker safety were particular priorities among regulators, Mr. Ten Eyck said […]

Public Health: ‘Skinny’ Obamacare Repeal Would Clash With Republicans’ Health Care Promises

Fewer people would probably be covered under Medicaid, too. Over the last few years, signups for Medicaid have increased substantially, even among people who could have been covered before Obamacare expanded eligibility. Many of those people presumably didn’t realize they qualified for Medicaid and first tried to buy private insurance because of the mandate, before learning that they could get Medicaid and not have to pay a premium. Without a mandate, fewer people are likely to find their way into the program.Continue reading the main storyThe Congressional Budget Office thinks that eliminating the individual mandate would have substantial negative effects on the insurance market, raising prices and reducing enrollment. It is hard to imagine that more insurers would wish to participate in this smaller, sicker market. The budget office still needs to evaluate a skinny repeal bill, but it seems likely that the reductions in coverage from a mandate repeal would save the federal government enough money for the bill to comply with budget instructions.It is worth considering these effects in the context of Republicans’ criticisms of Obamacare itself. On the Senate floor Tuesday, Mr. McConnell assailed the health law as building unstable insurance markets and providing too little consumer choice. A skinny repeal would probably exacerbate those effects.OPEN GraphicGraphic: How Senators Voted to Consider the Republican Health Care BillPresident Trump has often criticized Obamacare as making insurance premiums too costly, with deductibles that are too high […]

Photo: Red fox takes a stroll in Nome, Alaska

Our photo of the day puts the fox in foxy. […]

Indulgent food labels get people eating more vegetables

Which would you rather have — rich buttery roasted sweet corn or reduced-sodium corn? […]

New American study confirms: Physically separated bike lanes are crucial for safety

Paint doesn’t cut it; you need a real cycle track, which is 89 percent safer. […]

Tiny chip supersizes battery life of electronics

Smartphone batteries could get a major boost from the pin head-sized device. […]

Giraffes Are In Danger Of Extinction

Last Saturday, more than a million people watched April the giraffe give birth via live-stream from a U.S. zoo, yet again highlighting the love and fascination people have for these iconic African creatures. Would these same people be horrified to know that these beautiful creatures are shot and killed on a regular basis by trophy hunters with the support of the United States? Between 2006 and 2015, U.S. trophy hunters imported 3,744 giraffe hunting trophies – an average of more than one per day. These barbaric practices must be stopped. The number of giraffes on the African continent has collapsed to an estimated 97,500, down from 150,000 in 1985, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Think about it […]