December 17, 2019

Worrying About Weeds

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterNEW ORLEANS (DTN) — “We have to do better.”That was the challenge issued from Scott Senseman, a weed scientist and the 2018 president of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), to the hundreds of weed scientists and members of the ag industry gathered in New Orleans this week for the group’s annual meeting.For the past two days, rain and wind has occasionally battered the windows of the hotel where the scientists are meeting, a fitting backdrop for the stormy issues they are tackling, from an epidemic of herbicide-resistant weeds to the public’s growing concerns about chemical use.But Senseman is optimistic. Out of the 500 people at the meeting, more than 100 are graduate students.“We need you to come up with new technologies,” Senseman told these rising young scientists. “We need your youth and your creativity and your energy to get these things done.”Many are already delivering. Some graduate students at the meeting presented research on using drones to assess weed pressure from the air and spot-treat weeds instead of spraying entire fields. Others showed how some cover crops can suppress the germination of troublesome weed species. Yet another group of students laid the groundwork for the development of an automated roadside spray truck capable of identifying and treating weeds and tracking environmental conditions as it goes.“We’re talking about a challenge of having to triple food supply, not just double it, and can we do it?” Senseman asked. “Of course. We’ve got environmental issues all over the place, we have a lot of trade issues, we have all kinds of challenges facing us, but we will do it, because we have to.”A BRAVE, BUT WEEDY, NEW WORLDThe WSSA had its first formal meeting more than six decades ago in 1956 in New York City, Senseman noted. The chemical 2,4-D had been registered for commercial use just 10 years earlier, and dicamba wouldn’t be registered for another decade. Newspapers, TV and radio brought information to the public, and the world population was hovering around 2.8 billion people.Now, in 2019, crops tolerant to new formulations of those same chemicals, 2,4-D and dicamba, are rapidly expanding. But we’re facing a very different world. The public gets its information from social media and a sprawling digital information landscape. The world population is pushing 8 billion people, and scientists continuously fret over how to feed them in the face of a changing climate.Many of the presentations at WSSA tackle the problems generated by our modern approach to weed control, namely the herbicide-tolerant crop system, and the new difficulties of communicating with the public.In the days to come at the WSSA meeting, some scientists will unveil discoveries of new herbicide-resistant weed populations. Others have detailed the economic costs these troublesome populations bring to producers and the industry. A number of sessions dwell on how and why herbicides like dicamba are moving off target, beyond crop fields where they are applied.Other presentations highlight how scientists, with their rigid scientific method and dry, technical language, are battling rising anti-science movements among the public, in the form of anti-GMO campaigns and calls to ban some agricultural chemicals completely, such as glyphosate.“The decisions to ban or restrict glyphosate are not supported by the evidence,” said Keith Solomon, director of the Centre for Toxicology at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. “Politics and their perception-based agendas appear to be the drivers of the bans and restrictions of glyphosate.”In Europe, where glyphosate use is already heavily restricted, weed scientists worry that additional restrictions or bans will push farmers to older selective herbicides and allow resistant weed populations to spread, said Solvejg Mathiassen, a crop ecologist from Aarhus University in Denmark.“How do we translate weed science for public consumption?” wondered Carol Mallory-Smith, a weed scientist from Oregon State University. “As scientists, we’re talking about apples — we use all our technology and all our jargon — when the public is looking for oranges. How do we bridge that so we’re all using the same language?”“If you just Google a topic like this, what comes up is not going to be something from the Weed Science Society,” she added. “That’s a problem.”LOOKING BEYOND THE OLD SOLUTIONSThe solutions to many modern weed problems might be closer than some realize.Just down the hall from where Solomon, Mathiassen and Mallory-Smith were worrying aloud about glyphosate’s survival, graduate students and scientists were presenting the possible future of agriculture: drones, automation and non-chemical solutions to weeds.Students and scientists from Texas A&M presented their research on using drones, or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), as well as automated vehicles to control weeds. One project examined how well UAVs can identify broadleaf and grass weeds in corn, soybean, cotton and sorghum fields from the air. Another project analyzed how well UAVs can disperse herbicide droplets on key weeds, laying the groundwork for remote, spot-spraying drones of the future.In a third Texas A&M project, students mounted ultrasonic sensors on the side of a truck to identify and treat weeds automatically as it drives along, while also tracking application parameters like wind speed, temperature and humidity.A group of Australian scientists are looking even further into the future and working to develop a robot that stalks crop rows and zaps weeds individually with a laser.More immediately, University of Tennessee students are unlocking the allelopathic power of some cover crops to reduce pigweed’s ability to germinate and grow roots. And at Auburn University, students are helping farmers actually integrate these practices into their farming systems by studying which herbicides peanut and cotton growers can use without harming a following cover crop.In his opening speech, Senseman likened the search for novel weed control approaches like these to past breakthroughs, such as landing a man on the moon or breaking the 4-minute-mile record.“We can and will need to do better,” he said. “After all, these things were the great challenges of their time and their world, but by combining intelligence and committed people, they were able to attain incredible accomplishments.”You can find more information on the presentations at WSSA’s annual meeting here: http://wssa.net/….Emily Unglesbee can be reached at Emily.unglesbee@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgOne of the prevailing ideas touted on social sites suggests that you shouldn’t compare yourself to others. Instead, the argument goes that you should try to be a little bit better than you were yesterday. While incremental improvement has merit, and progress is better than perfection, the idea doesn’t raise the bar by any significant measure. If you allow me a few paragraphs and as many minutes, let me make the case that there are very positive reasons to compare yourself to others.You Have No Idea How Much Runway You HaveNo human being has ever reached their full potential. Not Da Vinci. Not Einstein. Not Buffett. Not Goggins. Well, maybe Goggins. But certainly not you or me. Each one of us is pure potential.If you are honest, you know you are capable of becoming something more than you are now, doing more than you are doing now, having more than you have now, and contributing more than you provide now. Recently, a person criticized me and the ideas in that last sentence. What would be the value in being less, doing less, having less, and contributing less? More still, what would be the value in standing still, stagnating, and not striving to reach your full potential? That must be a cardinal sin.In Catholic grade school, my report card provided two grades for each class, a letter grade and a grade for my effort. I routinely brought home a grade card dominated by the score C4. The C was the grade I earned, and the 4 was the effort I put forth to produce that grade. I never got in trouble for the C, but I was punished for the 4. The number 4 was an indication that I didn’t lift a finger and proof positive I was capable of more. A grade of D1, however, would have been acceptable, as it would have suggested I tried my best.I tried very hard to drop out of high school. I graduated college summa cum laude, still arguing I didn’t deserved better than the B+ I received in Religion. I also graduated law school cum laude, working full time, and welcoming three children into the world (not the best timing, and not something I recommend). I chose to be a C student in high school.You have runway, but it’s difficult to know how much without measuring your state against the results of others. You might feel good to measure yourself against people who aren’t doing as well as you, but it won’t provide you with an accurate idea of what is possible for you. Most of us have little awareness of what we are capable of, and even fewer are willing to look deep enough to discover our capacity, let alone compare ourselves to others—one of the ways to develop a vision of what is possible.Models and VisionsHow do I know you are capable of more? There are people right now producing the result you want for yourself. Some of them have natural attributes and talents you may be lacking. It is also true that other people producing those results possess fewer skills and ability than you.The reason you want to compare yourself to others is to acquire a vision of what is possible for you. What one person can do, another person can do. An unwillingness to look at another person’s results for inspiration and with admiration for their achievements deprives you of a model. It is helpful to look at someone who has already discovered how to acquire whatever it is that you want.A model of what you want can fast track your results by providing you with the beliefs, the strategies, and the process on which they built their achievements and results. You can shorten your learning curve. You might also reduce the time it takes to produce the same effect, even though some things require the time and effort and refuse any attempt to shorten the process (sometimes you have to stay on the mat long enough to gain mastery).Why wouldn’t you compare what you are doing to what your model is doing to find areas of improvement?Inspiration Not EnvyEvery master was once a beginner. I know of no exception to this rule.The idea that you should not compare yourself to others is that you might feel bad about yourself, that you might become discouraged or give up. That doesn’t have to be true. It can inspire you and help you break through obstacles.When I was a teenager playing in rock bands, those of us in groups would criticize the bands that were better than we were. We’d stand at the back of the bar, arms crossed, trying to look cool, and talking poorly about the better band on stage. At some point, I started to deconstruct why those bands were better than my bands, so I could figure out why people liked them. They were better players than we were, they covered popular songs while we played all originals, and they worked harder than we did. Figuring that out resulted in headlining and instead of opening for other bands.Those who suggest you not compare yourself to the masters for guidance also worry about envy, an emotion worse than jealousy because instead of wishing you had what they have, you resent their having it at all. When you see someone who performs better than you now, you do not see their beginning, their origin story; you are seeing them after they’ve put in the effort and figured things out. How do you know what good is supposed to look if you don’t measure the difference between you and someone else as a model? How do you deconstruct what it takes to create the outcome you want if you aren’t allowed to contrast your results with theirs?Your RoadmapYou compare yourself to others because doing so inspires you to act. The person or persons you are comparing yourself to provide you with a roadmap of how to produce a specific outcome you want. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgNCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 8 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding And on Sunday, Tiongson had his best showing yet, racking up a career-high 21 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three, as his hot shooting helped NLEX beat GlobalPort, 109-99.“Who would’ve thought, right? I really thought of quitting after all that’s happened. But I got the opportunity and the chance, so I took advantage of it. I’m really thankful to coach Yeng, boss Ronald (Dulatre), and the management for giving me this chance,” Tiongson said.Just like how he approached his collegiate career with the Blue Eagles, Tiongson looked at every practice, every game as a motivation as he plays behind guys like Kevin Alas, Carlo Lastimosa, and Alex Mallari.“It’s really a big thing when you play against them everyday in practice. You’re playing with the best guards here in the PBA, so when I do well in practice, my confidence level also gets higher,” he said.“I’m so thankful to coach Yeng for this opportunity. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be in the PBA. Whether I do bad or well, he always brings me back and it really boosts my confidence,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Titans had their moments, but it was still a frustrating run for Tiongson that he considered giving up.“I was thinking to quit basketball and do something else. I don’t want to be stuck in the D-League until I’m 29, so I might as well leave,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut fate didn’t bounce that way and Tiongson suddenly found himself being called up by NLEX late in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup. Tiongson’s stellar play in the developmental league convinced Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao to pick him up from the free agent pool.“I noticed him playing well in the D-League. We needed backup point guards that time, and I saw him when he was with Blackwater, so I have a pretty good idea on what he could do. We tried him and it turned out well,” Guiao said. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESJuami Tiongson almost called it a career at the tender age of 26.With his career spiraling down, the former Ateneo playmaker found himself backstopping bluechipper Jeron Teng at AMA Online Education in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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first_imgLiverpool have agreed to sign AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson for a world record fee of £66m, reports the Liverpool EchoThe Brazil international emerged as one of the most promising young goalkeepers in European football after replacing the Juventus-bound Wojciech Szczesny as Roma’s new number one last season.After many standout performances in both the Serie A and the Champions League, Alisson had caught the interest of many European giants for a move this summer with Real Madrid leading the way.But with the La Liga side set to now sign Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea this summer, Liverpool look set to sign Alisson themselves.This new development comes, despite Roma president James Pallotta having stated back in April that they had no interest in selling.“We have no intention of selling him,” said the 60-year-old.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I mean zero at all. I’m sure some people will probably come in with some bids, but I don’t have any interest in selling him, he’s a great goalkeeper.”But it appears that Liverpool have got their man.The Reds have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old in the past 12 months and appear to have increased their efforts following Loris Karius’ blunders in last season’s Champions League final.Earlier this week in fact, Liverpool had a £60m bid rejected by Roma but they appear to have made a breakthrough in talks with the club now prepared to make Alisson the expensive goalkeeper of all-time.With a fee now having been agreed on, Liverpool can now officially approach Alisson and begin discussing personal terms,While the signing of the Brazilian goalkeeper will increase Liverpool’s spending this summer to over £150m, Jurgen Klopp has decided that it is a necessary addition to his squad as they look to mount a challenge for the Premier League title in the new season.last_img read more

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first_imgDavid Luiz refuses to rule out a Chelsea title challenge this season, despite recent result not going in their favourAgainst expectations, Maurizio Sarri’s side got off to a strong start for the 2018/19 Premier League campaign by winning their opening five matches.But a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham last month derailed their title hopes with Chelsea since suffering another loss at Wolves recently.The Blues now trail leaders Liverpool by 11 points, albeit with a game in hand, and appear set for a season-long top-four battle.But Brazilian defender Luiz, who has won the Premier League across his six seasons at Chelsea, is refusing to throw in the towel yet.“Everybody knows the Premier League is so difficult, we have to think step by step,” Luiz told Sky Sports.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Of course the boss tries to give us the maths and to give us one direction to follow and we trying to get the points to be there and fighting for the title not just for the top four.”The former Paris Saint-Germain player is certain aiming for the title is a realistic objective for Chelsea.“Yes, I think so but with humility, with our feet on the ground, thinking step by step,” Luiz added.“Of course we lost some points and it could be better for us at the moment but everybody knows in this league everybody can win against everybody.“It’s not my first Premier League [season] so I know anything can happen.”Chelsea will host Leicester City today at Stamford Bridge with kick-off set for 16:00 (CET).last_img read more

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first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has given an update on the condition of defender Nacho Monreal after he left the pitch in the 37th minute.Emery was forced to make a change in the 37th minute of Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Burnley, as Monreal came off for Stephan Lichtsteiner.The Arsenal boss confirmed that the defender had suffered a muscle problem and was substituted to avoid exacerbating the injury and hoping he returns next week when Arsenal visit Brighton.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It’s starting to be a muscular problem and we decided to change and not take more risks with him. But I hope it’s not big and I hope he can be with us next week,” Emery told the club’s website.“I don’t know if he can play at Brighton, but we can play, I think, Koscielny.“Also Mustafi is close to coming with us. We can take more injuries but we can also recover more players.”last_img read more

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first_imgDirector of football Joaquin Caparros concedes that Sevilla are not optimistic over signing Alvaro Morata from Chelsea, despite the player himself being interested in making the moveSince arriving at Chelsea in July 2017 for a club-record deal of £60m from Real Madrid, Morata has been frequently linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge.The Spanish striker has only scored 16 goals in 47 Premier League games for the Blues and his struggles up front, along with fellow Olivier Giroud, has forced coach Maurizio Sarri to deploy Eden Hazard in a “false nine” role.Reports emerged in Spain this week claiming that Morata’s agent, Juanma Lopez, arrived at Sevilla on Monday to begin talks over a six-month loan deal.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).But Caparros admits that Chelsea’s tough stance in negotiations makes a deal for Morata unlikely.“It is true that we have an interest in this player [Morata], but it is a very, very complicated operation,” Caparros told SevillaTV.“The player may want to come here over other options, but it is very complicated. Chelsea are a club who are very difficult to negotiate [with].”However, Caparros was able to provide Sevilla fans with more positive news by expressing his confidence in reaching a deal for Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi.last_img read more

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first_imgManchester United defender Antonio Valencia could reportedly leave the club before the end of the January transfer window, according to Sports Mole.Valencia’s current deal with United expires at the end of the season and having fallen out of favour, was expected to leave on a free transfer in June.However, reports in the English press say the Red Devils are prepared to allow the Ecuador international to leave either on loan or on a free before the transfer window closes on January 31, which has attracted the attention of Newcastle United and Fulham.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Valencia, who will turn 34 later this year, has made played over 300 games for United since joining the club from Wigan Athletic in 2009.The right-back is still officially United’s club captain, but has only featured in five Premier League games this season and was again left out of the squad for Friday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal.Valencia is currently behind Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot for the right-back position at Manchester United this season.last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In the December episode of Book Stew, host Eileen MacDougall interviews Queens, New York writer Maya Alexandri, author of The Plague Circle, a collection of linked stories set in an epidemic center in Africa.Watch the episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/d/2/3/1/f/f/d231ff81-16c8-412b-b7ba-424dffc2bb731543943874.357%2B48726573.401%40castus4-wilmington%2B15439455471543944246614824.vod.720p.20181203_Book_Stew_ep_63_maya_alexandri.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/d/2/3/1/f/f/d231ff81-16c8-412b-b7ba-424dffc2bb731543943874.357%2B48726573.401%40castus4-wilmington%2B15439455471543944246614824.vod.720p.20181203_Book_Stew_ep_63_maya_alexandri.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEW STEW: Meet Author Ben Berkley On September’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Children’s Author Ioana Hobai On August’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Local Author Marty Conley On July’s Book StewIn “Videos”last_img read more

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first_img Share AP Photo/Evan VucciFrom the photo archive: President Donald Trump speaks during an energy roundtable with tribal, state, and local leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in WashingtonActions by the Trump administration are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many people, according to a nonpartisan study.The analysis released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that mixed signals from President Donald Trump have created uncertainty “far outside the norm” and led insurers to seek higher premium increases for 2018 than would otherwise have been the case.Republicans in Congress have not delivered on their promise to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. Trump is insisting that lawmakers try again and that the health overhaul is collapsing. At the same time, he’s threatened to stop billions of dollars in payments to insurers. Some Republicans are considering fallback measures to stabilize markets.Kaiser researchers looked at proposed premiums for a benchmark silver plan across major metropolitan areas in 20 states and Washington, D.C. Overall, they found that 15 of those cities will see increases of 10 percent or more next year.The highest is a 49 percent jump in Wilmington, Delaware. The only decline: a 5 percent reduction in Providence, Rhode Island.About 10 million people who buy policies through HealthCare.gov and state-run markets are potentially affected, as are 5 million to 7 million more who purchase individual policies on their own.Those in the government-sponsored markets can dodge the hit with the help of tax credits that most of them qualify for to help pay premiums. But off-marketplace customers pay full freight, and they face a second consecutive year of steep increases. Many are self-employed business owners.The report found insurer participation in the ACA markets will be lower than at any time since they opened for business in 2014. The average is 4.6 insurers in the states studied, down from 5.1 insurers this year. In many cases insurers do not sell plans in every community in a state.The researchers analyzed publicly available filings through which insurers justify their proposed premiums to state regulators. Insurers are struggling with sicker-than-expected customers and disappointing enrollment, and an industry tax is expected to add 2 to 3 percentage points to premiums next year.On top of that, researchers found that mixed signals from the administration account for some of the higher charges. Those could increase before enrollment starts Nov. 1.“The vast majority of companies in states with detailed rate filings have included some language around the uncertainty, so it is likely that more companies will revise their premiums to reflect uncertainty in the absence of clear answers from Congress or the administration,” the report said. Once premiums are set, they’re generally in place for a whole year.Insurers that assumed that Trump would make good on his threat to stop billions in payments to subsidize copayments and deductibles requested additional premium increases ranging from 2 percent to 23 percent, the report found.Insurers that assumed the IRS under Trump would not enforce unpopular fines on people who remain uninsured requested additional premium increases ranging from 1.2 percent to 20 percent.“In many cases that means insurers are adding double-digit premium increases on top of what they otherwise would have requested,” said Cynthia Cox, a co-author of the Kaiser report. “In many cases, what we are seeing is an additional increase due to the political uncertainty.”That doesn’t sound like what Trump promised when he assumed the presidency.In a Washington Post interview ahead of his inauguration, Trump said, “We’re going to have insurance for everybody.”“There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it,” he added. “That’s not going to happen with us.”People covered under President Barack Obama’s law “can expect to have great health care,” Trump said at the time. “It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”But the White House never produced the health care proposal Trump promised. The GOP bills in Congress would have left millions more uninsured, a sobering side-effect that contributed to their political undoing.The administration sidestepped questions about its own role raised by the Kaiser study.Spokeswoman Alleigh Marre said rising premiums and dwindling choices predate Trump.“The Trump administration is committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare and will always be focused on putting patients, families, and doctors, not Washington, in charge of health care,” Marre said in a statement.The turmoil for people who buy individual health insurance stands in sharp contrast to relative calm and stability for the majority of Americans insured through workplace plans. The cost of employer-sponsored coverage is expected to rise about 5 or 6 percent next year, benefits consultants say.___This article has been corrected to show that the average number of insurers in the states studied is 5.1 in this year, not 5.7.last_img read more

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