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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

May I Digress from my usual column today?

I read a lovely story by Phil Hoskins (yes, our Phil Hoskins) on how to study our dogs and learn from them in their short lives; short compaired to ours.

My home has been the refuge for dogs (and cats) for as many years as I have in my memory bank. My dogs were members of the family and often soothed the tempers of my teenage girls. For years we had 3 dogs and for some reason each chose a member of the family. That gave us all the help to survive with each other through the years of stretching our independence from the group.

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Republicans call Democratic health plan ‘bait & switch’

Digging in for a long struggle, Republican senators and governors assailed the Democrats’ newly minted health care legislation Thursday as a collection of tax increases, Medicare cuts and heavy new burdens for deficit-ridden states.

Despite the criticism, there were growing indications Democrats would prevail on an initial Senate showdown set for Saturday night, and Majority Leader Harry Reid crisply rebutted the Republican charges. The bill “will save lives, save money and save Medicare,” he said.

The legislation is designed to answer President Barack Obama’s call to expand coverage, end industry practices such as denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions, and restrain the growth of health care spending.

Republicans saw little to like.

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Citibank to customers: More debt means less interest

For Citibank credit card holders, there is one way to escape the bank’s rate hikes currently under way: Meet a monthly spending requirement.

Those who meet the spending minimum — in some cases $750 a month — will be able to get a rebate on their total interest charges for that month. The rebate could cover some or all of the interest rate hike. Customers also need to make payments on time to qualify for the rebate.

Without giving specifics, Citi said the monthly spending requirements and interest rate hikes will vary depending on the cardholder’s credit history.

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