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Which Trump policy will have the greatest effect on Menlo Park?

Original post made by Labs, Menlo Park: other, on Jan 15, 2017

The wall?

Repeal ObamaCare?

Breaking apart the EU and NATO?

Trade war (or worse) with China?

Opening arctic oil spigot for Putin and the increased carbon on our climate?

Limitations on woman's health issues?

Increased voter suppression by Trump's AG?

Your thoughts?

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Posted by Guest of Honor
a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Jan 16, 2017 at 9:22 am

Probably the Ocare repeal.

Hundreds or thousands in MP will lose insurance.

Hundreds or thousands in MP will lose subsidies.

Thousands will have coverage denied for pre-existing conditions (such as "female" or "having lived life")

Hundreds of sub-26 yr olds in MP will lose insurance.

Longer lines in emergency rooms as the uninsured flood them.

All will be assigned annual and lifetime caps on coverage.

This is best case. Worst case could be a collapse of the marketplace if repeal is done incorrectly.

Republican Chair of the Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden said the GOP must continue subsidies to avoid Markey collapse affecting all.

Could be a bumpy rude for anyone with medical insurance other than Medicare and VA.

Is that you?

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Posted by Apple
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 16, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Lower taxes and tax reform will have the biggest effect on MP. Lots of high earners and real estate appreciation that would benefit. Then, you add in the VCs in and around Sand Hill, large businesses, such as Facebook, and corporate law firms based in the area. It should be a big financial benefit.

Obamacare will change, but something else will replace it. Congress won't provide anything as comprehensive, but I expect the CA legislature will fill in the gaps of any replacement plan. For example, if Congress cuts off Planned Parenthood, the state could fund it itself. The net effect on MP may not be that different.

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Posted by O' Care
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm

I don't think very many people are using their O' care plans w/ the high deductibles. Averaging around $8,000 out of pocket before they pay a dime.

the insurance companies are making out, my premiums have doubled in the last 2 years. I go in less often w/ my new $8,000 deductible. It's basically become a catastrophic occurrence policy at twice the cost.

I doubt it could get much worse.

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Posted by Village Doc
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jan 16, 2017 at 9:02 pm

Tax cuts for the VCs and the rest of us will find out our cancer falls under a previous condition.

Plus - the ACA helped cut Medicare's costs.

Medicare for all.

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Posted by Grass Valley
a resident of another community
on Jan 16, 2017 at 9:36 pm

Trade war with Asia.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jan 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm

If he cancels all of Facebook's H1B visas, housing may become affordable in Menlo Park again.

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Posted by CGI, closes
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 17, 2017 at 12:15 am

As reported by the Washington Post

,From the Post:
Clinton Global Initiative to shut down, lays off 22 as donations "Dry up"
‘You see foreign governments who had pledged tens-of-millions of dollars pulling their donations’

From the Post:

The memo from [top Clinton aide and Clinton Foundation employee] Douglas Band, made public Wednesday by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, lays out the aggressive strategy behind lining up the consulting contracts and paid speaking engagements for Bill Clinton that added tens of millions of dollars to the family’s fortune, including during the years that Hillary Clinton led the State Department. It describes how Band helped run what he called “Bill Clinton Inc.,” obtaining “in-kind services for the President and his family — for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like.”

Is CGI still under investigation?

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Isn't this from the Washington Times? If it's from the Washington Post, please provide a link to the story. ]

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Posted by Donny Dell
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 17, 2017 at 9:35 am

One understands why the poster above is so egregiously off-topic; finding something positive to say about Trump's effect on Menlo Park is a daunting exercise.

So sad! - the falsehood: "As reported by the Washington Post" And then copies a quote from the Washington TIMES - the Moonie-owned newspaper! (do not clic after searching - loads up with nasty number of pop-up ads, etc..)

Then the 2nd quote is 4 or 5 months old. Note the absence of links to back up the posters falsehoods. Pretty lame attempt to pass off old, discredited stories.

If our poster above is interested in Pay-To-Play, look at the $100 million in hidden contributions Trump is taking this week:

"NEW YORK - Donald Trump is trying to keep the names of the people and companies donating millions of dollars to his inauguration festivities this week a secret — a break from his Republican and Democratic predecessors in the White House.

At least the last three presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, all disclosed names of donors before they were sworn into office"

Read more here: Web Link

The (real) Washington Post:
"Alex Howard, deputy director of the private Sunlight Foundation, said the Trump inaugural committee is a “major vector for corporations and individuals who wish to make donations and have influence on the presidency.” He said the big donations and the lack of speedy disclosure “set a tone” that has implications for the transparency and accountability of the new president."

Web Link

related today... Poll: 74 percent want to see Trump's tax returns

"Almost three-quarters of Americans think President-elect Donald Trump should release his tax returns, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Seventy-four percent say Trump should release his tax returns, which the president-elect refused to do during his campaign. At his first post-election press conference last week, Trump argued that no one but members of the media care about his tax returns, reiterating that he won't release them while he's under federal audit. The IRS has said an audit does not prevents someone from releasing personal tax information."

Web Link

What are you hiding, Donald (least popular president ever) Trump?

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Posted by M S
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 17, 2017 at 5:59 pm

CBO reported today that 19-32 million Americans will go without insurance when the ACA is repealed. That's 1 in 10 Americans.

Stands to reason a similar ratio of local residents will be effected.

And all will be affected by the many benefits the ACA provided: annual caps, lifetime caps, pre-existing conditions, saved the budget a trillion, preventative care, woman's health specifics, etc..

But maybe it's still all about Clinton.

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Posted by M S
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 17, 2017 at 6:02 pm

>> my premiums have doubled in the last 2 years

You need to shop around, you got ripped off.

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Posted by CGI, Closes
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 17, 2017 at 8:16 pm

Dear editor,

Thank you for correcting me on the reference to the Washington Post, Your right it was the Washington Times.
but was the story correct?

As to the original post, Would you prefer an open border? If so, Who decides who gets in?

It's hypocritical to allow an open border since as you know none of the people crossing illegally could afford to live in Menlo Park,

Unless you are offering to take them in.

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Posted by Donny Dell
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 18, 2017 at 9:36 am

Whaaaa????? "open borders"????

That post makes as much sense as Trump's billionaire nominee for Education who wants guns in Menlo Park schools...

(wait for it) protect our kids from grizzly bear attacks.

DeVos said: "I think probably there, I would imagine that there is probably a gun in the schools to protect from potential grizzlies."
Web Link

Guns in Menlo Park schools. There's a Trump policy that no one saw coming. But we'll be safe from grizzlies!

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Posted by Sweet Sugar
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jan 18, 2017 at 3:17 pm

I wonder about the logic behind the post that claims tax cuts will all work out along with repeal - no big deal, let the state make up the difference. By raising working class taxes?

Sure, the VC guys love their tax cuts, as they get the majority of the benefit. And they can afford any change in health care such as pre-existing conditions, annual and lifetime caps, etc..

Heck, how cares about the middle class family anyway?

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Posted by Apple
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 18, 2017 at 5:38 pm

@Sweet Sugar

The state will likely increase income taxes on the rich to pay for any holes left in the health care system post-repeal and replace. I doubt CA would raise taxes on the working class to do it.

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Posted by yeah
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 18, 2017 at 8:44 pm

The GOP and Trump already admitted they are going to add nine trillion in debt. If they admit that already it will probably be far worse.

Tax cuts will wreck the economy. Our debt is absurd. Repeal the Bush tax cuts. Go back to Clinton rates. At least return the cap gains rate to the level it was under Reagan.

Investment income should be taxed at a higher rate than work wages.

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Posted by trading desk
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 26, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Slashing taxes on corporations, throwing our economy back into Bush style recession, then cutting government services that made the American middle class strong and the envy of the world.

Yeah, Trump!

Where are all the so called conservatives that screamed to high heaven when Obama took over Bush's trillion dollar deficit?!?!?

Conservatives - America's biggest hypocrites. The Menlo Park 13% (those that voted for Trump) running away and hiding.

I'll make out like crazy either way - I'm set. Would hate to be the poor schlub who depends on a paycheck.

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