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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► Finger-Pointer-In-Chief Trump is blaming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for a deadly attack in New York on Tuesday. From the Washington Post:
As details emerged about the incident, prominent right-wing commentators and news outlets seized on a report from New York’s ABC7 that the alleged attacker, Sayfullo Saipov, had come to the United States from Uzbekistan under a State Department program known as the Diversity Visa Lottery.
Long before government officials publicly confirmed that report, Trump slammed the program and said he’ll ask Congress to “immediately” begin work to end it…
…In news interviews, blog posts and tweets, conservatives blamed the Democrat, saying he was responsible for allowing the 29-year-old man’s entry into the country.
Trump joined the criticism early Wednesday, hours before declaring that he would ask Congress to terminate the program.
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, meanwhile, has a different memory of immigration reform efforts in Congress.
► The open enrollment period for Colorado’s health insurance exchange begins today. Blair Miller of Denver7 has the details.
As John Ingold notes for the Denver Post, some health insurance customers could be in for a nice surprise:
While underlying premiums will climb more than 30 percent, in part because of a Trump administration decision to end key payments to insurers, what many people will actually end up paying is expected to drop. That’s because the amount available in federal tax credits to help pay premiums is also rising.
The state Division of Insurance estimates that for people whose incomes are low enough to make them eligible for tax credits, the net cost of premiums will decline by 20 percent this year.
As a result, the leaders of Connect for Health Colorado — the state’s online exchange for people shopping for their own health insurance plan — say they are expecting enrollment this year to remain steady.
Only Coloradans who make up to 400% of the federal poverty line are eligible for the bigger tax credits. For most middle class families, rates could increase dramatically because of efforts by Congressional Republicans and President Trump to de-stabilize the marketplace.
► Congressional Republicans are delaying tax reform legislation because they can’t agree on any of the details in the various proposals.
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