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Oakland, California Lawmakers Offer Taxpayer Money to Sports Team Owners

Ben Johnson, Oakland, California lawmakers are hoping to talk the National Football League’s (NFL) Oakland Raiders out of plans to move to Las Vegas, offering a taxpayer-subsidized financing deal. In December 2016, lawmakers on the Oakland City Council and Alameda County Board of Supervisors agreed to offer the team’s owners $200 million in taxpayer funds

Insurance Plan Could Give Doctors Incentive to Drop Sick Patients

Ben Johnson,   The plan could motivate doctors to engineer their patient base to exclude those most in need of care, experts say.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) is offering a new small-group, employer-sponsored health insurance plan that rewards businesses whose employees obtain care from a narrow network of low-cost providers. Blue Cross

Study: Two-Thirds of Medicaid Expansion Enrollees Were Already Eligible

Ben Johnson, The finding implies the federal government has been paying far more than its share under the Affordable Care Act.  Most enrollees in state Medicaid expansion programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were eligible for the government-sponsored health insurance program before the law went into effect, with federal taxpayers consequently paying a higher