If there’s an idea that might reduce health care costs, there’s a good chance Colorado’s trying it out. The state’s Office of Saving People Money on Health Care laid out a plan in 2020 that included passing a partial public option; extending the reinsurance program; launching a statewide purchasing alliance; importing prescription drugs; launching a drug affordability board; and increasing transparency in hospital and prescription drug prices. Other than the importation plan, which has to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, all of those agenda items have at least started to be put into practice. Most are in the early stages, however, making it difficult to assess if they’ll succeed in bringing costs down. Colorado is ultimately pursuing two paths to lowering health care costs, said Bob Smith, executive director of the Colorado Business Group on Health. The Colorado option insurance plan is an example of setting rates, while the purchasing alliance is an … [Read more...] about Colorado’s trying a public option, drug importation and more. What’s actually lowering health care costs?
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Radical Islamic cleric Shaikh Abdullah Faisal was convicted Thursday on several counts of supporting terrorism after working as a recruiter for the Islamic State (ISIS), according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Faisal promoted a radical interpretation of Islam that supported the idea of killing nonbelievers, leading to his incarceration in Britain in 2003 and deportation from Kenya in 2010, according to the New York Times. On Thursday, District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced Faisal had been found guilty of several counts of lending support for terrorism after attempting to recruit an undercover officer into ISIS. “This case was about the far reach of crimes committed by Shaikh Faisal and the promotion of terrorism. Faisal aided ISIS as it committed horrific violence against innocent people,” Bragg said. “I am proud of the work our prosecutors and analysts have done in collaboration with NYPD to ensure we stay ahead of these threats and ensure greater … [Read more...] about Radical Muslim Cleric Convicted In New York Of Supporting ISIS
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline The California State Bar filed charges Thursday against attorney John Eastman over him helping former President Donald Trump try to overturn the 2020 election, which could lead to his disbarment, the latest in a slew of punishments the ex-president’s lawyers have faced for representing or working directly with him. Key Facts John Eastman: Eastman had 11 charges filed against him by counsel for the California State Bar stemming from his efforts to challenge the election results, and the state bar intends to seek his disbarment in court—and the attorney faces the possibility of criminal charges after the House January 6 Committee made a criminal referral against him to the Justice Department in December. Rudy Giuliani: Giuliani, who led Trump’s post-election efforts, has already had his law license suspended and proceedings are under way to determine if he should be fully disbarred ; he’s … [Read more...] about World Of Pain For Former Trump Lawyers: Suspension, Fines, Possible Disbarment And More
PHOTO: Chiang Rai Times An estimated 10,000 foreign tourists are stranded on three islands in the Gulf of Thailand, more than half of them, around 5,700 on Koh Samui, after passenger flights were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Surat Thani province’s tourism and sports chief Tikamporn Sutti-udomrat, said yesterday that apart from the 5,700 visitors on Koh Samui, there are another 3,300 foreign tourists on Koh Phangan and about 1,000 on Koh Tao. “They have accommodation, travel and growing expense problems. I have sought help from the Tourism and Sports Ministry.” There is currently a visa amnesty running for foreigners on Tourist Visas running up to July 30. Tikamporn asked local officials and hoteliers to allow the foreigners stay until they are able to leave Surat Thani. His office arranged for accommodation for the foreigners who had urgent problems but they must pass health screenings. Related news The ‘bastards’ fight back – … [Read more...] about Thousands of tourists stranded on a trio of Gulf islands
At the end of October, Shutterstock, one of the leading stock image companies on the internet, announced it was partnering with OpenAI to launch a new tool that would integrate the generative-AI DALL-E 2 into its online marketplace. The announcement was a huge win for the still-burgeoning AI industry, but was met with shock and outrage by creatives all over the internet, many of whom see generative AI like DALL-E 2 as an existential threat to their livelihoods and the use of their images for machine learning as a form of theft. “It’s disappointing to know we have so little respect and it’s worrying to now be competing with bots for sales,” an anonymous Shutterstock photographer told Artnet News in October. So, now that the dust has settled, how is the company feeling about its OpenAI partnership? Is it still bullish on a future where machines are making our stock images for us? “I think there are two choices in this world,” says Shutterstock CEO Paul Hennessy. “Be the … [Read more...] about Generative AI tools are already changing the creativity landscape—and some artists aren’t happy about it