ZipDialog Roundup for Thursday, October 12

Articles chosen with care. Your comments welcomed.
Linked articles in bold purple

◆ With Obamacare failing and no repeal-and-replace, Trump starts “workarounds”

First on the agenda: allowing insurers to compete across state lines and allowing employees (and employers) to form voluntary groups to buy insurance

Here’s one story on it. Executive orders and regulations from HHS will help, but laws will be needed, too.

 Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, unhappy with disaster relief, accuses Trump of “genocide” (Washington Times)

Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is on the far left and sent the message via text to Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL, himself of Puerto Rican heritage). She asked Gutierrez to publicize the message.

She and Mr. Trump have been feuding for weeks, with the president saying the federal government is fully invested, and saying the hurdles to recovery are on the island itself.

Earlier Thursday Mr. Trump, in a Twitter post, warned that federal help couldn’t go on indefinitely. –Washington Times

Comment: This may build political support for the Mayor in San Juan, but it won’t in Washington.

◆ Trump Threatens to abandon Puerto Rico recovery effort (headline in Washington Post)

Declaring the U.S. territory’s electrical grid and infrastructure to have been a “disaster before hurricanes,” Trump wrote Thursday that it will be up to Congress how much federal money to appropriate to the island for its recovery efforts and that relief workers will not stay “forever.” –Washington Post

Comment: Improvements to infrastructure, as opposed to immediate relief, should be a question for standard lawmaking, not Presidential fiat (for or against).

 The damage of opioid addition isn’t limited to rural areas. It’s a major problem in cities, as this article about the Bronx explains (New York Times)

Here [in New York City], the reports about the epidemic and its ravages have mostly centered on Staten Island, where the rate of deaths per person is the highest of the five boroughs. But perhaps nowhere in the city has the trajectory of opioid addiction been as complex as in the Bronx, where overdose deaths were declining until a new surge began at the turn of the decade, and where more residents are lost to overdoses than anywhere else in the city. On Bronx streets, the epidemic’s devastation is next door, down the street, all around. –New York Times

Sharyl Attkisson, a first-rate investigative reporter, says “Weinstein allegations are not the first stories ‘spiked’ by media” (The Hill)

She explains in detail how spinners, ideologues, and legal threats kill stories.

Comment: Attkison, you may recall, was fired by CBS for her tenacious investigation of stories that network wanted to kill.

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