What if instead of political parties, presidents, prime ministers, kings, queens, armies, autocrats, and who knows what else, we turned everything over to expert systems? What if we engineered them to be faithful, for example, to one simple principle: "human beings regardless of age, gender, race, origin, religion, location, intelligence, income or wealth, should be treated equally, fairly and consistently"? Here's some dialogue – enabled by natural language processing (NLP) – with an expert system named "Decider" that operates from that single principle (you can imagine how it might behave if the principle was completely different – the opposite of equal and fair). The principle is supported by the data and probabilities the system collects and interprets. The "inferences" made by Decider are pre-programmed.
Say goodbye to net neutrality. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, Ajit Pai, released a plan to repeal the landmark protections enacted by the agency in 2015. This has long been a top priority for Pai and his fellow Republicans, who now enjoy a majority of commissioners thanks to Trump. The vote is scheduled for 14 December, and is widely expected to pass along party lines.
Hours after President Donald Trump called "Medicare For All" a "curse" for the citizens of the United States on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) spoke up against Trump's attacks against the single-payer healthcare system on Twitter. Sanders' website, which provides information on "Medicare For All", explains it as the natural next step for a healthcare plan in the United States after former President Barack Obama introduced the Affordable Care Act in 2010. "Thanks to the ACA, more than 17 million Americans have gained health insurance. Millions of low-income Americans have coverage through expanded eligibility for Medicaid that now exists in 31 states. Young adults can stay on their parents' health plans until they're 26… But as we move forward, we must build upon the success of the ACA to achieve the goal of universal health care," the website reads.
President Trump and House Republicans, in their rush to resuscitate a bill rolling back the Affordable Care Act, are increasingly isolating themselves from outside input and rejecting entreaties to work collaboratively, according to multiple healthcare officials who have tried to engage GOP leaders. The White House and its House GOP allies are hoping to reschedule a vote on their overhaul plan in the coming days, following last month's embarrassing retreat when the bill was pulled shortly before a vote. But they continue to refuse to reach out to Democrats. Even Senate Republicans have been largely sidelined, though their support will be crucial to putting a measure on Trump's desk. And senior House Republicans and White House officials have almost completely shut out doctors, hospitals, patient advocates and others who work in the healthcare system, industry officials say, despite pleas from many healthcare leaders to seek an alternative path that doesn't threaten protections for tens of millions of Americans.
Republicans came into office this year promising to rescue Americans from rising healthcare bills by repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. But the party's emerging healthcare proposals would shift even more costs to patients, feeding the very problem GOP politicians complained about under Obamacare. And their solutions could hit not only Americans who have Obamacare health plans, but also tens of millions more who rely on employer coverage or on government health plans such as Medicaid and Medicare. Such "catastrophic" plans typically offer fewer benefits and often require patients to pay much larger deductibles. Many in the GOP also want poor people who rely on Medicaid to face more co-payments and higher premiums, citing the need for patients to have "skin in the game."